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‘I should struggle for the championship subsequent’


LAS VEGAS – Deiveson Figueiredo thinks he’s performed sufficient to earn a title shot.

Figueiredo (23-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) picked up his second win at bantamweight when he submitted former champion Cody Garbrandt (14-6 MMA, 9-6 UFC) Saturday at UFC 300.

The previous flyweight champ says to count on much more from him in his new weight class.

“This was an unimaginable night time,” Figueiredo instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters via an interpreter on the UFC 300 post-fight press convention. “I got here off a victory over a really (massive) title man, Cody Garbrandt, very powerful man. This simply exhibits what the brand new chapter in my profession’s going to be.”

Petr Yan was recommended as a possible subsequent opponent for Figueiredo, however he dismissed that concept. The Brazilian solely has his sights set on gold, regardless of now being in a stacked division.

“I’m a former champion within the different division. I’m arising and successful on this division, and I wish to struggle for the championship,” Figueiredo mentioned. “The (flyweight title) struggle in opposition to (Brandon) Moreno, there was a mistake in my opinion, so I feel I should struggle for the championship subsequent.”

Figueiredo is able to bounce in for any alternative. Bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley is predicted to face Merab Dvalishvili subsequent, and Figueiredo is joyful to face both subsequent.

“I’m one hundred pc. I’m able to struggle once more, be it Sean O’Malley, be it Merab – whoever it’s,” Figueiredo mentioned. “No matter Dana decides, I’m going to be in.”

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