Deiveson Figueiredo, the former UFC flyweight champion, is setting his sights on the UFC bantamweight title following a successful debut in the division. After defeating Rob Font at UFC on ESPN 52, Figueiredo expressed his readiness for a title shot, citing his previous championship experience in the flyweight division as a strong qualification.
Currently, Sean O’Malley holds the UFC bantamweight title, and he is scheduled to defend it against Marlon Vera at UFC 299 on March 9. Figueiredo is confident that one more fight should put him in line for a title shot, and he is open to facing the winner of O’Malley vs. Vera.
Responding to O’Malley’s recent social media post where he rated Figueiredo’s bantamweight debut a three out of 10, Figueiredo stated that he is the original and the antivirus to O’Malley. The Brazilian fighter, known for his striking and grappling skills, believes in his team’s strategy and sees a potential victory against O’Malley if the fight goes to the ground.
Figueiredo is also open to facing other contenders if a title shot doesn’t come immediately, suggesting Petr Yan as a “great name” for his next step in the division. Regardless of the opponent, Figueiredo emphasized his readiness and comfort in working with former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo as his coach.