Deiveson Figueiredo admits he had a bad weight cut for UFC 263 but isn’t making any excuses.
In the co-main event of the stacked pay-per-view card in Glendale, Arizona, Figueiredo suffered a submission loss to Brandon Moreno to lose his flyweight title. In the leadup to the fight, the Brazilian made weight in the final seconds which he says was a bad weight cut. Despite that, he says he wants the trilogy fight with Moreno.
“It really was the weight cut. I didn’t have a healthy weight cut, it was really hard to beat the weight, but I did it,” Figueiredo said to Combate. “But even so, I didn’t have the adequate income that I was supposed to have today inside the octagon. But I’m going back home and I’m going to train. I lost the first time, then I won five fights in a row. You can be sure, I will train, I will win and I will take this happiness back to Brazil. You write what I’m talking about.
“I left the hotel feeling very bad,” Figueiredo later added. “I knew it wasn’t my day, but I gave it into God’s hands, and going to the octagon I said, “Lord, your will be done.” I got in there, I didn’t really fight like I am and I really want to immediately ask for a rematch with Dana, and I hope to be attended, because I won the first fight and even so they took a point from me and they decided to tie for the second fight. And now I want the trilogy. He got my belt, the first one I won and we’re going to fight this third fight now to take the fight off.”
Although Deiveson Figueiredo wants the trilogy fight, he says for right now, Moreno needs to be congratulated on a great performance. However, the goal remains the same for the former champ which is to get the trilogy fight and reclaim his flyweight title.
“He’s to be congratulated, it was his night. He certainly trained very well for this fight and today was not my day. But I want the trilogy, I want this fight to happen,” Figueiredo concluded. “Now I just want to go back home and train again just right, to really show who I am, the real owner of the belt. I only want four months, it’s time for me to stabilize. My gym is changing, this is all a process that kind of messed up my training, but now I want to go back, get everything right and be able to win the belt again.”
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