Deiveson Figueiredo Willing To Fight Anyone Who Will Attract Pay-Per-Views
Deiveson Figueiredo is reflecting on how he became a champion again and what’s next.
Figueiredo shared his thoughts about the fight, the preparation process and his future.
“I can’t wait to have some acai and eat some typical Amazon fish that I love,” Figueiredo told Sherdog.
“But as soon as possible I want to return with my family to Arizona. Besides loving the city, I was treated like family here. There is no doubt that my next camp will be here.”
The Brazilian fighter said he worked with the former champion, Henry Cejudo, and developed a strategy against Moreno to mix up striking and wrestling.
“Our game plan was always to mix [it up] and never leave Moreno in his comfort zone,” Figueiredo said.
“For example, when my corner screams ‘Taco Burrito, I attack with body shots; ‘Chifrada’ means a double-leg feint; ‘Joga pra terra’ means ‘take him down.'”
He also talked about his weight. He gained over 19 pounds in 24 hours.
“The best thing in my life was to bring Rafael from Brazil. He did an amazing job and besides not suffering to reach the weight, I felt stronger in that fight. The PI diet was also unbelievable with their food,” he said.
He also talked about his future fights and desires.
“I want to face the opponent who sells more,” he said.
“Pantoja is a great guy. I believe we could have a great rematch, but his [ability to sell a fight] is no good. Furthermore, UFC Rio in May is too close. Kara France knocked out a former champion, Cody Garbrandt. If he beats Askar Askarov, that fight would make sense, as would a fourth fight with Moreno, so I’ll let my manager work with the UFC to decide.”
He said he is also willing to fight for the second belt against Petr Yan and said that he believes Yan will be the champion after the rematch between him and Aljamain Sterling.
“That would be amazing, I think Petr Yan will beat Aljamain [Sterling], and I truly believe we could have a great fight. But now my focus is 100% on resting and recovering my body,” Figueiredo said.