Deiveson Figueiredo Has No Interest In Fighting Cody Garbrandt: ‘He’s Totally In Decline’

deiveson figueiredoDuring Deiveson Figueiredo’s short reign as flyweight champion, it appeared that Cody Garbrandt was a potential challenger for his 125lb crown. After watching ‘No Love’ make an unsuccessful flyweight debut at UFC 269, Figueiredo has suggested Garbrandt never returns to the division while also ruling out facing the former bantamweight champion in the future. During […]

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During Deiveson Figueiredo’s short reign as flyweight champion, it appeared that Cody Garbrandt was a potential challenger for his 125lb crown.

After watching ‘No Love’ make an unsuccessful flyweight debut at UFC 269, Figueiredo has suggested Garbrandt never returns to the division while also ruling out facing the former bantamweight champion in the future.

During a recent edition of MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca, Figueiredo gave his thoughts on Garbrandt’s first-round TKO loss to Kai Kara-France.

“I really expected more,” Figueiredo said of Garbrandt’s flyweight debut. “It became clear that this division is not for him. He has to stay in his weight class. It’s clear he gets weaker, physically speaking, going down in weight. He’s totally worn out. He should stay [at bantamweight] or move up to 145. This division is not for him.”

Deiveson Figueiredo Says Cody Garbrandt Is Too Young To Retire

Garbrandt has won just one fight since 2016 and has been stopped in all but one of his five defeats during that time. It’s the type of form that would make most former champs consider retirement, however, Garbrandt is only 30 years old and still has time to turn things around.

After witnessing Garbrandt’s skid, Figueiredo insists he will no longer entertain the idea of possibly fighting him in the future as ‘No Love is “totally in decline.”

“Since he’s a boxer and likes boxing, it would be good for him to box, to make that transition,” Figueiredo added. “He’s too young to think about retirement. He’s still got wood left to burn. In MMA [too], but flyweight is not for him. That message was very clear.”

Figueiredo will attempt to regain the flyweight title at UFC 270 tonight when he takes on Brandon Moreno for the third time in as many years. ‘The Baby Assassin’ scored a third-round submission victory over Figueiredo the last time they met.

Do you think we’ll ever see Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cody Garbrandt?

Brandon Moreno Opines On Cody Garbrandt’s “Sad” Recent Struggles

UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno believes the hype surrounding Cody Garbrandt’s move to 125 pounds may have been too much for him.

Moreno is set to face former champion Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 270 in their trilogy. He earned the belt over F…

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UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno believes the hype surrounding Cody Garbrandt’s move to 125 pounds may have been too much for him.

Moreno is set to face former champion Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 270 in their trilogy. He earned the belt over Figueiredo in their last matchup at UFC 263 via submission.

Moreno understands the ups and downs of the fight game better than most. He went from falling short of The Ultimate Fighter title to winning a championship belt on MMA’s biggest platform.

One of the biggest storylines in his division as of late was the addition of Garbrandt, a former bantamweight champion who entered the flyweight division with expectations. His flyweight debut didn’t go according to plan as he lost via first-round TKO to Kai Kara-France at UFC 269.

Garbrandt’s loss to Kara-France was his fifth over his last six bouts. During a recent interview with MMA Junkie’s Danny Segura, Moreno gave his thoughts on Garbrandt’s troubles in the Octagon.

“It was sad,” Moreno said. “You get carried away by the hype because they start doing all the promos, and they start promoting Cody Garbrandt, and you kind of start believing like, ‘Hey, he could be something interesting in the division.’

“But then what happened happened, and you start reflecting on a sober mind. It was a tough scene for Cody. He was knocked out at 135 pounds. His chin was touched. He cuts the weight – who knows how the brain was? Then you give him a Kai Kara-France, who hits very hard, and I know it because I already fought him. It wasn’t a good situation for him, and it’s sad.” (h/t Bloody Elbow)

Moreno isn’t the only big-name fighter to express sympathy for Garbrandt. Rising bantamweight contender Sean O’Malley went from talking trash to saying he felt bad for Garbrandt in weeks.

Despite his losing skid, Garbrandt has remained optimistic regarding his future at 125 pounds and beyond. A matchup between Moreno and Garbrandt is still possible down the line, depending on how their next Octagon appearances play out.

What do you think Cody Garbrandt should do next?

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Sean O’Malley Feels Bad For Cody Garbrandt Following Another Loss

Sean O'MalleySean O’Malley’s resentment towards Cody Garbrandt has passed, as ‘Suga’ now feels bad for the former bantamweight champion. Garbrandt was one of ‘Suga’s rivals and a potential fight was possibly on the horizon for the two. After Garbrandt’s flyweight debut was ruined by Kai Kara-France, O’Malley feels more sympathy for the former champ than anything. […]

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Sean O’Malley’s resentment towards Cody Garbrandt has passed, as ‘Suga’ now feels bad for the former bantamweight champion.

Garbrandt was one of ‘Suga’s rivals and a potential fight was possibly on the horizon for the two. After Garbrandt’s flyweight debut was ruined by Kai Kara-France, O’Malley feels more sympathy for the former champ than anything. O’Malley and Garbrandt fought on UFC 269, which saw O’Malley gain another KO win. The two exchanged words multiple times before they took to the octagon and many fans alluded that Garbrandt was worrying about O’Malley more than his opponent.

O’Malley said in the post fight press conference that he felt bad for him that night and he continues to reiterate the fact that he has sympathy for Garbrandt.

Sean O’Malley was on Michael Bisping’s podcast when he said that a fight with Cody Garbrandt may not be in the cards anymore

“It’s just tough. I go out there and beat him, I do not see it doing much for me right now… He’s 1-6 or something in his last seven,” O’Malley said. “I think he’s won one fight since 2017. I go out there and beat him, it doesn’t really do what it would’ve three or four fights ago. I go out there and lose to Cody, who’s 1-7 and got knocked out, that does a lot of negative damage towards me. I just don’t think that’s realistically the next fight.” (Transcribed by MMANews)

O’Malley’s next opponent is up in the air at the moment. He has finally cracked the top 15 rankings and is currently the 12th ranked fighter in the bantamweight division. A rematch with Marlon Vera may make the most sense for O’Malley and the promotion. A win over Vera would put O’Malley as a top 10 fighter and a true contender in the division. He would also get his revenge after being handed his first professional loss.

Who do you want to see the ‘Suga Show’ take on next?

Sean O’Malley: “I Feel Bad” For Cody Garbrandt

Sean O’Malley went from trash-talking Cody Garbrandt to now feeling sympathy towards him.

Sean O’Malley is coming off a great win at UFC 269. At that same event, former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt lost his flyweight fight against Kai Kara-…

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Sean O’Malley went from trash-talking Cody Garbrandt to now feeling sympathy towards him.

Sean O’Malley is coming off a great win at UFC 269. At that same event, former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt lost his flyweight fight against Kai Kara-France. Leading up to that UFC 269 event, Garbrandt and O’Malley were trash-talking towards each other, and it seemed like they would like to fight in the future. However, O’Malley’s feelings towards Garbrandt have changed.

“After Cody got knocked out, I got asked at the press conference, ‘What do you wanna say?’ And I just, I feel bad for him,” O’Malley told Michael Bisping on his podcast. “He’s lost a lot of fights in a row, and I don’t really have anything negative to say about him.”

O’Malley has found himself in the top fifteen on that bantamweight rankings for the first time in his UFC career. He has caught heat in the past for not facing ranked opponents, and when he was targeting a former champion in Garbrandt that, might have been his way of proving the haters wrong. Now, Garbrandt is no longer ranked in any division and O’Malley is looking towards other opponent options.

“It’s just tough. I go out there and beat him, I do not see it doing much for me right now… He’s 1-6 or something in his last seven,” O’Malley said. “I think he’s won one fight since 2017. I go out there and beat him, it doesn’t really do what it would’ve three or four fights ago. I go out there and lose to Cody, who’s 1-7 and got knocked out, that does a lot of negative damage towards me. I just don’t think that’s realistically the next fight.”

O’Malley is right about Garbrandt having only won a single fight in his last six. Since losing the bantamweight belt, he has had a hard time inside the Octagon. It is unclear at this time if he will remain at flyweight or revert back to 135 pounds. Either way, it is highly unlikely he will face off against O’Malley next based on these latest comments.

What do you think Cody Garbrandt should do going forward?

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O’Malley Wonders If Garbrandt Has CTE, Rejects Fight Proposal

Sean O’Malley is no longer interested in a fight with Cody Garbrandt.

Sean O’Malley is one of the most talked-about fighters in the UFC bantamweight division. He has done a great job of taking charge of his career and has moved up the ranks at his …

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Sean O’Malley is no longer interested in a fight with Cody Garbrandt.

Sean O’Malley is one of the most talked-about fighters in the UFC bantamweight division. He has done a great job of taking charge of his career and has moved up the ranks at his own pace. Sometimes criticized by fans and fighters for not facing top-ranked opponents, that does not stop O’Malley from turning down fights that don’t make sense to him. Most recently, that means backing away from a potential fight with Cody Garbrandt.

Recently, O’Malley spoke out about the call out he received from the former bantamweight champion and why now is not the right time for him to accept a bout with Garbrandt.

“Dude, Cody (Garbrandt) wants–he’s not getting that fight (with me),” O’Malley said on his podcast, The TimboSugarShow. “When he said it, you could see in his voice (sic), ‘Oh, I want, uh’ – but that fight’s not happening. It doesn’t make sense for him to say that. I wonder if that’s CTE. He’s been knocked out five (four) times in the last two years (five years). That fights not happening, at least, not next. He needs to – it just doesn’t make sense, dude. It just literally doesn’t make sense.”

Garbrandt expressed interest in O’Malley following his failed flyweight debut at UFC 269. Since bantamweight seems like the next logical option for Garbrandt, maybe O’Malley could be an interesting choice.

Despite O’Malley saying he is no longer interested, he has been looking for a ranked opponent to face. His recent win over Raulian Paiva put him in the top fifteen for the first time in his career. Garbrandt is no longer ranked at bantamweight since he dropped to 125 pounds, but he could very well find himself back there with one fight at 135 pounds.

O’Malley is very popular and has been called out by several fighters following his last win. If he is not interested in Garbrandt anymore, he should have no trouble finding a ranked fighter to face next.

Who would you like to see Sean O’Malley face next?

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Sean O’Malley Shuts Down Cody Garbrandt FIght Next, Questions If He’s Suffering From CTE

Sean O'MalleySurging UFC bantamweight challenger, Sean O’Malley has dismissed talk of a showdown with former division kingpin, Cody Garbrandt next, questioning if the Ohio native could possibly be suffering from CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy) after suffering a slew of knockout losses recently. O’Malley, who eventually earned the #12 rank at bantamweight back in December, took out […]

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Surging UFC bantamweight challenger, Sean O’Malley has dismissed talk of a showdown with former division kingpin, Cody Garbrandt next, questioning if the Ohio native could possibly be suffering from CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy) after suffering a slew of knockout losses recently.

O’Malley, who eventually earned the #12 rank at bantamweight back in December, took out Brazilian striker, Raulian Paiva with a one-sided opening round knockout at UFC 269.

Sean O’Malley landed his third consecutive knockout victory with his December win over Raulian Paiva

On the same card, former bantamweight champion, Garbrandt made his flyweight divisional bow against City Kickboxing feature, Kai Kara-France, suffering his second consecutive defeat after succumbing to late first round strikes.

Following the loss, Ohio native Garbrandt claimed that he felt good at flyweight, and mentioned how easy his weight cut to the 125lbs limit was, however, failed to rule out a bantamweight return – explaining how he would like to fight O’Malley next following a press conference war of words between the two. 

There’s a lot of good matchups –  Sean O’Malley, I really want to whoop his ass,” Cody Garbrandt said. “That’s a fight that’s looming. Hopefully, that could possibly be my next one. I want that fight so I’d like to stay 1t 35. He might fight me now because I’m not in the rankings at 35 and he’s ranked so that’ll be a good fight. You’ve got to respect his skills, he leveled up a little bit with the Raulian (Paiva) fight, caught him early on, but we know that. The only way he was gonna win was catching him early on and he did that. He did his job, hats off to him. He’s now in the rankings so I have to go back up to 25 and whoop his ass, but we’ll decide, we’ll figure it out.

Responding to Garbrandt’s call out, O’Malley distanced himself from a fight with the former champion next, at least, as well as questioning if Garbrandt was suffering from the progressive brain condition, CTE – after suffering knockout losses in four of his last five losses.

Dude, Cody (Garbrandt) wants – he’s not getting that fight (with me),” Sean O’Malley said on his podcast. “When he said it, you could see in his voice (sic), ‘Oh, I want, uh’ – but that fight’s not happening. It doesn’t make sense for him to say that, I wonder if that’s CTE, he’s been knocked out five (four) times in the last two years (five years). That fights not happening, at least, not next. He needs to – it just doesn’t make sense, dude. It just literally doesn’t make sense.

Before his win over Paiva last month, Montana striker, O’Malley had landed a July knockout win over Kris Moutinho in record-setting fashion – which followed a March stoppage victory over now-promotional alum, Thomas Almeida.