Due to the interim championship, Deiveson Figueiredo says he’s considering abandoning the flyweight division: “This isn’t what I expected from the UFC.”
Deiveson Figueiredo, a UFC flyweight, has some reservations about the promotion’s decision to create an interim title.
The Brazilian last fought in January of this year at UFC 270. In his trilogy encounter with Brandon Moreno, Figueiredo reclaimed the flyweight title by unanimous decision. The UFC and Dana White expressed interest in making a fourth meeting between the flyweights following the fight.
Figueiredo, on the other hand, had other ideas. Due to alleged racist comments from Moreno’s camp, he offered a battle with top challenger Kai Kara-France. Figueiredo said that he will be taking a break due to a hand injury after the fight with the Kiwi was called off.
Because Figueiredo is expected to be out until December, the UFC decided to hold an interim title fight. Moreno and Kara-France will compete for the interim UFC 125-pound championship at UFC 277. The Brazilian isn’t happy about the title fight.
In an interview with AgFight, Deiveson Figueiredo addressed his thoughts on the interim championship fight. The Brazilian stated his displeasure with the UFC’s decision to hold the fight and indicated that he is considering retiring from the sport as a result.
“I was disappointed because I had not anticipated this from the UFC.” I only finished my last battle a couple months ago, and the event already has an interim belt? I can’t believe what I’m hearing.
I can verify that because I refused to accept the fight due to the injury, and I still question [the match’s] closeness. I’ve always put on fantastic performances for the event, and I feel underappreciated with this temporary belt.” (With thanks to AgFight)
“I am quite disappointed,” Deiveson Figueiredo continued. I must admit that I am strongly considering abandoning the category. I, Henry Cejudo, was the one who salvaged this division, and with this one from the UFC, I’m about to make some judgments. I hope I don’t have to take them, but if I do, I’ll drop down to [135 pounds].”