Ahead of his title fight against Brandon Moreno at UFC 256, flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo has sent a warning to ‘masked clown’, Henry Cejudo.
Fighting Henry Cejudo
After Figueiredo successfully defended his title against Alex Perez at UFC 255, former flyweight and bantamweight champion Cejudo came out and said the reigning champion was only ‘babysitting’ his belt. ‘Deus Da Guerra’ has taken offence at ‘Triple C’s’ remarks, and has warned him of the consequences.
Speaking to the media ahead of UFC 256 (as transcribed by MMA Junkie), Figueiredo said he cannot wait to punish Cejudo.
“Cejudo’s a masked clown,” Figueiredo said. “I can’t wait for him to step in front of me so I can knock that mask off his face.”
“Moreno Irritated Me”
In his UFC 255 post-fight Octagon interview, Figueiredo expressed his desire to fight Moreno next, because the Mexican had been calling him out ever since he won the title at UFC Fight Island 2. His wish was granted only hours later when UFC president Dana White announced that they are set to face off this weekend at UFC 256.
“Brandon’s a guy that asked to fight me since the [Joseph] Benavidez fight,” Figueiredo said. “That’s something that irritated and bothered me a little bit, so if he’s asking to fight me then we’ll get in the Octagon and he can fight with me.”
Dominating The Flyweight Division And Beyond
When he steps inside the Octagon on Saturday night, Figueiredo will be making history for the shortest span between title fights, of just 21 days. The previous record of 56 days was jointly-held by Ronda Rousey and Matt Hughes.
But right now, Figueiredo is only thinking about defending his title for the second time in less than a month, and then going back home to Brazil to relax with his family.
“To win again and take two belts home to Brazil and relax with my family – thinking about that makes me feel very proud of myself,” Figueiredo said. “I want to really dominate my division, I want to make history. But I’m fully open to having a super fight at 135 [pounds], and I hope this happens soon.”
How do you think a fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Henry Cejudo would play out?