The fourth encounter between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno in the Octagon is scheduled. According to Ariel Helwani, the UFC has decided to make Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno 4 the next flyweight championship match, with the two expected to square off in July.
Over the past two years, Figueiredo vs. Moreno has developed into one of the most intense rivalries in UFC history. The two have a combined record of 1-1-1, with Figueiredo taking the victory in their most recent encounter at UFC 270 in January.
Although Figueiredo stated in January that he planned to face Moreno once again in Mexico or Brazil, it appears UFC intends to keep the fights domestic. Moreno is a native of Mexico, whereas Figueiredo is from Brazil. Deiveson does not intend to remain in the flyweight division for an extended period of time.
He is 35 years old and not getting any younger, and the weight loss to 125 pounds is now beginning to wear on his physique. The champion plans to move up to the bantamweight class after a couple more title defences.
“It’s ideal for me now”- Deiveson Figueiredo discusses his decision to accept Charles Oliveira’s invitation to train in Sao Paulo
Figueiredo found it more and more challenging to train in the US while continuing to travel to Brazil for jobs because of this, he jumped at the chance to train in Sao Paulo with former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira.
In a recent interview he stated, “I opened a company in Belém, and it was taking my focus away. I decided to go to the US, but there I couldn’t resolve the company’s issues, and that wasn’t doing me any good. Coming to Sao Paulo, I manage to train in a team like Chute Boxe, and, when I need to, I run away to Belem and solve whatever is necessary. It’s ideal for me now.”
This is not the only reform Deiveson has brought in his training setup. He recently cut ties with Wallid Ismail, his longtime manager. The Brazilian is now managed by another UFC veteran, Urijah Faber, according to information first reported by Combate and later verified by Deiveson Figueiredo.
Vayne Sports, a business controlled by Faber and Lloyd Pierson, has a contract with Deiveson. The careers of several well-known MMA competitors, including Tony Ferguson, Sean O’Malley, Chris Weidman, and Stipe Miocic, are also under their management.
Figueiredo announced the news and wrote a joyful note to Faber and his supporters on his own Instagram account. The UFC champion admitted that the management move was brought on by his dissatisfaction with his pay. Here is him making it official on his Instagram page:-
In an interview with Sherdog, he stated his rationale behind his decision wherein he stated, “When I was champion and fought [Brandon] Moreno at UFC 263, my purse was $200,000 to show plus $100,000 to win plus pay-per-view points. In the third fight [at UFC 270], when I regained my belt, it was $100,000 (to show) plus $100,000 (to win) — that’s not a champion´s purse. I called Wallid and apologized to him for some bad stuff I said to the press when I was angry, but we parted ways.”