Deiveson Figueiredo entered 2020 with a two-pronged aim in mind: ascend to the throne withinside the flyweight department and assert his dominance.
With Henry Cejudo relinquishing the name withinside the very last weeks of the preceding yr to dedicate his interest to protecting the bantamweight championship, the Brazilian contender became paired with divisional mainstay Joseph Benavidez at the Leap Day, February 29, in Norfolk, Virginia to decide the 1/3 flyweight champion in UFC history.
Benavidez became the greater confirmed of the 2 and the sentimental choice; the person forecasted to rule the department at its inception who had overwhelmed pretty much all and sundry withinside the department, keep for long-time titleholder Demetrious Johnson, who bested him twice, stopping him from claiming championship gold.
Figueiredo, meanwhile, became much less than a yr eliminated from his first profession loss — a unanimous choice defeat to fellow Brazilian and perennial contender Jussier Formiga — however getting into on a two-combat prevailing streak, having outhustled Alexandre Pantoja throughout the summer time season and submitted Tim Elliott withinside the fall to push his document to 17-1 overall.
The morning earlier than he became set to stand Benavidez, Figueiredo didn’t make championship weight, coming in at 127.five pounds. He forfeited a percent of his handbag to his opponent, however greater importantly, he misplaced his possibility to depart Virginia with the flyweight name round his waist.
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