Former UFC flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo is set to bring former two-weight champion, Henry Cejudo to his corner for UFC 270 next weekend, ahead of his title challenge against Cejudo’s former teammate and current flyweight kingpin, Brandon Moreno.
Figueiredo, who most recently featured in the co-main event of UFC 263, is set to co-headline UFC 270 next weekend against the Baja California native in a trilogy flyweight championship bout.
Entering the June UFC 263 co-main event clash with Moreno as defending flyweight champion, Figueiredo suffered a rather one-sided third round rear-naked choke to the challenger, in the pair’s rematch of a Fight of the Year majority draw at UFC 256 in December 2020.
Since then, Para native has taken his talents to Arizona alongside former strawweight champion, Zhang Weili, as well as former undisputed bantamweight and flyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist, Cejudo, training at the Fight Ready MMA facility in the ‘Copper State’
Preparing for his trilogy bout against reigning champion, Moreno, Figueiredo claimed that Cejudo informed him of the champion’s “betrayal” after arriving in Scottsdale, leading him to call Moreno a “traitor”.
“Brandon Moreno is dirty – that’s all I have to say about him,” Deiveson Figueiredo said on MMA Fighting’s podcast, Trocacao Franca. “He’s dirty’ He’s a traitor. When I came to Scottsdale, Henry Cejudo tol me about his betrayal. He (Brandon Moreno) lived with Henry Cejudo here and then became (Joseph) Benavidez’s sparring partner to fight Cejudo, so that was his biggest betrayal.”
“That’s why Cejudo is coming with me (to UFC 270), to look into his (Moreno’s) eyes,” Deiveson Figueiredo explained. “Cejudo will be in my corner to look at this little punk’s face, and I’ll knock him out. Mark my words.”
Initially meeting with Moreno in his second attempted title defense back in 2020, Figueiredo had successfully clinched the vacant flyweight crown at the second time of asking against the aforenoted, Joseph Benavidez – stopping the now-retired veteran with a dominant first round rear-naked choke in July 2020.
Headlining UFC 255 in November of that year, Figueiredo made similarly short work of Alex Perez on short notice, stopping the Team Oyama mainstay with a first round guillotine before his majority draw and subsequent title loss to Moreno.
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