Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is scheduled to face former flyweight titleholder Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 300, marking a highly anticipated bantamweight matchup. UFC CEO Dana White officially announced the bout following Garbrandt’s call-out of Figueiredo after his recent knockout victory over Brian Kelleher at UFC 296.
The history between Garbrandt and Figueiredo dates back to August 2020, when they were initially booked to meet for Figueiredo’s flyweight title. Unfortunately, Garbrandt had to withdraw from the contest due to illness. Now, they are set to clash at 135 pounds on April 13 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Garbrandt, hailing from Ohio and fighting out of Las Vegas, has experienced a resurgence at bantamweight with consecutive wins over Trevin Jones and Brian Kelleher. This marks a significant turnaround for Garbrandt, who faced challenges, including multiple injuries, in the preceding years.
Figueiredo, a two-time flyweight champion from Brazil, recently moved up to the bantamweight division, securing a unanimous decision victory over Rob Font. Known for his difficulties in making the 125-pound weight limit, Figueiredo now looks to make an impact in the 135-pound division.
The bantamweight clash is a noteworthy addition to the UFC 300 lineup, a historic event set to take place at T-Mobile Arena on April 13. While the main event and co-main event are yet to be announced, UFC President Dana White revealed the first title fight featuring a women’s strawweight showdown between Weili Zhang and Yan Xiaonan.