Petr Yan Calls Out Deiveson Figueiredo After Claiming No One Wants To Fight Him At Bantamweight

Petr YanPetr Yan has shifted his focus onto Flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo, after no one submitted a challenge to fight him in the bantamweight division. The former bantamweight champion, Yan, is looking to fight someone at this point. While it is true that most of the bantamweight division is tied up at the moment, Figueiredo is […]

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Petr Yan has shifted his focus onto Flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo, after no one submitted a challenge to fight him in the bantamweight division.

The former bantamweight champion, Yan, is looking to fight someone at this point. While it is true that most of the bantamweight division is tied up at the moment, Figueiredo is out at the moment as well with an injury. In fact, him being out has caused the UFC to make an interim title fight between Kai Kara-France and Brandon Moreno. With that happening, the next fight for Figueiredo would have to be against the winner of that bout to unify the championships.

Petr Yan took to Twitter to call out the bantamweight division and the flyweight champ

“This fall anyone from top of the division can get it” Yan tweeted out.

He then followed that tweet up with another one calling out Figueiredo, after no one accepted his challenge.

“No one at 135 wants it… Figgy?”

It is sure that Yan is having a hard time finding someone to face, that will put him back in the title picture soon. Aljamain Sterling and T.J. Dillashaw looks to be the next championship bout, while other contenders like Marlon Vera and Jose Aldo are facing off against lower ranked opponents in Dominick Cruz and Merab Dvalishvili. Corey Sandhagen even has a matchup booked with Song Ya Dong, leaving the number one ranked Yan no one tonight in the top 5.

For Yan to accept a fight with someone outside the top five would be a real stretch and additionally, most of those fighters have bouts this summer as well. Yan is unfortunately in a strange limbo, without anyone to truly fight. He may have to wait until the end of Fall to get a bout.

Who would you like to see Yan fight next?

Petr Yan Calls Out Deiveson Figueiredo For Fall Showdown

Former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan is targeting a return to the Octagon this fall, potentially against flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo. Yan most recently lost to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273 via a split decision. This came after their first matchup at UFC 259 in which Yan lost the title via disqualification due to an…

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Former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan is targeting a return to the Octagon this fall, potentially against flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo.

Yan most recently lost to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273 via a split decision. This came after their first matchup at UFC 259 in which Yan lost the title via disqualification due to an illegal knee.

Figueiredo regained the flyweight throne with a unanimous decision win over Brandon Moreno at UFC 270 earlier this year. He’s been unhappy recently after the UFC booked an interim flyweight title bout between Moreno and Kai Kara-France and has threatened to leave the division.

This could potentially open the door to a fight between Yan and Figueiredo. In a recent tweet, Yan pitched the matchup.

“No one at 135 wants it… Figgy?” Yan tweeted on Thursday.

Figueiredo has had issues cutting down to 125lbs but seemed to reverse this trend ahead of his trilogy with Moreno. He has fought at flyweight for the entirety of his career in the cage.

Before his two losses to Sterling, Yan earned the then-vacant bantamweight title against José Aldo at UFC 251. Between his defeats to Sterling, he earned the interim bantamweight title over Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267.

If Figueiredo is set on a move to bantamweight amidst the interim title drama, a fight with Yan could make a lot of sense. For Yan, a win over Figueiredo would almost guarantee him another title shot for his next outing.

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Figueiredo Gives Timeline For BW Move, Targets ‘Scared’ Sterling

UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo has doubled down on talk of a potential bantamweight transition, revealing a timeline and targeted opponent. Figueiredo is currently in the midst of his second reign on the 125-pound throne. After losing the belt to Brandon Moreno via submission last June, the Brazilian exacted revenge seven months later, recording a…

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UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo has doubled down on talk of a potential bantamweight transition, revealing a timeline and targeted opponent.

Figueiredo is currently in the midst of his second reign on the 125-pound throne. After losing the belt to Brandon Moreno via submission last June, the Brazilian exacted revenge seven months later, recording a unanimous decision victory over the Mexican in their trilogy fight at UFC 270.

But despite that, all is not well between the champ and the UFC. With Figueiredo expected to be out until the backend of 2022 through a hand injury, the promotion announced the creation of an interim belt, which is to be fought for by Moreno and Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 next month.

In response, Figueiredo expressed his disdain at the decision last month, admitting that he’s even thinking of leaving the division as a result.

While cooler heads have appeared to somewhat prevail and the flyweight king isn’t thinking of abandoning the weight class just yet, the idea of a bantamweight transition is certainly not a far-off prospect for “Deus Da Guerra.”

Figueiredo Still Looks To Ditch FW Cut For BW Glory

During a recent appearance on Combate’s Mundo da Luta podcast, Figueiredo discussed his future plans in the UFC.

The Brazilian, whose struggles in making the flyweight limit have become public knowledge, admitted that the heavy weight cut will soon become too much for him. With that, “Deus Da Guerra” is targeting a few more defenses across the next year before making the move up to 135 pounds.

“I can’t make it to the age of 35 cutting weight at flyweight. It won’t give any more,” said Figueiredo. ” I plan on making two or three more belt defenses in a year, and then moving up to bantamweight. For what I represent, I think I deserve to get there fighting for the belt.”

When he arrives, Figueiredo will have his sights set on the gold, which is currently held by Aljamain Sterling. But according to the flyweight champ, “Funk Master” wouldn’t want to face him.

“I want to face the champion, Aljamain Sterling. I see fear in his eyes,” said Figueiredo. “I know he doesn’t want to face me, and I’m sure we’ll have a great fight and I’ll be champion when that happens.” (h/t Sportskeeda)

Sterling won the belt via disqualification last March and legitimized his rule earlier this year by recording an upset victory over former champ Petr Yan. He’s expected to defend the belt against TJ Dillashaw next, a bout that is being targeted for UFC 279 in September.

Should both Sterling and Figueiredo continue to rule over their respective divisions, perhaps a future showdown will come to fruition, with “Deus Da Guerra” having the opportunity to become the UFC’s latest two-weight champion.

How do you think a fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Aljamain Sterling would play out?

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Deiveson Figueiredo Plots Bantamweight Move, ‘Sees Fear’ In Champion Aljamain Sterling

Deiveson FigueiredoUFC flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo has once more distanced himself from a continued stay at 125lbs, flirting with a bantamweight division leap, as well as claiming that he “sees fear” in undisputed division best, Aljamain Sterling. Figueiredo, the current undisputed flyweight champion, will lose his undisputed moniker come the end of July – with former […]

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UFC flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo has once more distanced himself from a continued stay at 125lbs, flirting with a bantamweight division leap, as well as claiming that he “sees fear” in undisputed division best, Aljamain Sterling.

Figueiredo, the current undisputed flyweight champion, will lose his undisputed moniker come the end of July – with former foe, Brandon Moreno and the surging City Kickboxing staple, Kai Kara-France set to compete for an interim division championship in the co-main event of UFC 277 in Dallas, Texas.

In his most recent appearance, the Brazilian co-headlined UFC 270 back in January, defeating the aforenoted, Moreno in the pair’s trilogy bout with a close split decision to reclaim the undisputed flyweight crown.

Detailing his disgust with the introduction of an interim title to the division as he recovers from a hand injury, Figueiredo confirmed he would weigh-up a potential bantamweight move.

Echoing those teases recently, Figueiredo claimed that he can see notable “fear” in bantamweight champion, Sterling, as he stirs the pot on a potential fight in the future.

Deiveson Figueiredo fancies his chances against Aljamain Sterling

“I can’t make it to the age of 35, cutting weight at flyweight,” Deiveson Figueiredo told Mundo da Luta during a recent podcast appearance. “I plan on making two or three more belt defenses in a year, and then moving up to bantamweight. For what I represent, I think I deserve to get there fighting for the belt.”

“I want to face the champion, Aljamain Sterling,” Deiveson Figueiredo explained. “I see fear in his eyes. I know he doesn’t want to face me, and I’m sure we’ll have a great fight and I’ll be champion when that happens.” (Transcribed by SportsKeeda)

Linked with a September 10. title defense against former two-time division best, T.J. Dillashaw, Sterling has confirmed that he has yet to put pen to paper on a deal to fight the Angels Camp native, explaining how he wants to see an increase in his fight purse first. 

Kara-France On Champion Figueiredo: “He Doesn’t Really Wanna Fight”

Kai Kara-France thinks that flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo wasted his chance to keep the UFC from creating an interim belt for the division. The 29-year-old recently appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani in the lead-up to his co-main event bout with Brandon Moreno at UFC 277. When asked about Figueiredo’s apparent frustrations with…

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Kai Kara-France thinks that flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo wasted his chance to keep the UFC from creating an interim belt for the division.

The 29-year-old recently appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani in the lead-up to his co-main event bout with Brandon Moreno at UFC 277. When asked about Figueiredo’s apparent frustrations with the UFC for booking an interim flyweight title fight between Kara-France and Moreno, “Don’t Blink” was unsympathetic.

“Bro, you missed your shot,” Kara-France said. “Before the fight you were saying ‘I don’t wanna fight Brandon’ because he’s been racist, then he’s saying he’s injured. When an offer comes to you, even if you’re the champ you have a little bit of – well, you do have a big say in the fight – but if you don’t wanna fight, the UFC aren’t gonna wait. That’s just how the business is. If you’re here to fight, then that’s what they’ll do. They’ll match you up.”

Figueiredo is coming off a unanimous decision win over Moreno at UFC 270 where the Brazilian reclaimed the UFC flyweight title. The trilogy between “Deus Da Guerra” and Moreno currently stands at one win apiece, plus a majority draw in their initial 2020 meeting.

The UFC were originally looking into a fourth fight between Figueiredo and Moreno, but ultimately opted for an interim title fight between Kara-France and “The Assassin Baby”.

Figueiredo reclaimed the UFC flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Brandon Moreno at UFC 270. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“With Figueiredo, saying all these things and not really committing, that just shows that he doesn’t really wanna fight. Even though he’s the champ,” Kara-France told Helwani. “I’m not looking too far ahead, but once I get past Brandon, we can unify this.”

The City Kickboxing-trained flyweight most recently earned a unanimous decision over Askar Askarov in March. That was his third win in a row following first-round stoppages of Cody Garbrandt and Rogério Bontorin.

No matter what the flyweight champion may have to say about the interim belt, “Don’t Blink” knows it’s only a matter of time before they settle things in the cage.

“The fight’s gonna happen eventually. We haven’t fought each other yet, and this flyweight division is so small that we’ll cross paths sooner or later.”

What do you make of Kara-France’s comments about Deiveson Figueiredo?

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Manel Kape Slams “Ungrateful” Figueiredo For Interim Title Complaints

UFC flyweight Manel Kape has slammed champion Deiveson Figueiredo for his response to the creation of an interim title in the division. Figueiredo, who is a two-time 125-pound king having won the belt back from Brandon Moreno at UFC 270 earlier this year, is currently nursing an injury. In response to the Brazilian’s forced spell…

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UFC flyweight Manel Kape has slammed champion Deiveson Figueiredo for his response to the creation of an interim title in the division.

Figueiredo, who is a two-time 125-pound king having won the belt back from Brandon Moreno at UFC 270 earlier this year, is currently nursing an injury. In response to the Brazilian’s forced spell on the sidelines, the promotion announced that Moreno and rising contender Kai Kara-France will meet for interim gold at UFC 277 next month.

To say that news hasn’t pleased Figueiredo would be an understatement. As well as admitting to being in “disbelief” at the UFC’s actions, “Deus Da Guerra” even threatened to move up to bantamweight in response to the interim title.

It didn’t take long for the Brazilian to receive some backlash, with three-time opponent Moreno laughing off Figueiredo’s response to his upcoming championship matchup. And, as it turns out, the Mexican isn’t alone with his beliefs…

Kape To Figueiredo: UFC Gives You Everything & You Complain?”

#14-ranked flyweight Manel Kape also recently made his feelings towards the disgruntled champion known. During UFC 275 media day on Wednesday, “Starboy” branded Figueiredo as “ungrateful,” and reminded the Brazilian where he’d be without MMA’s premier promotion.

“Let Deiveson complain,” said Kape. “This man is ungrateful. The UFC gives you everything and he right now starts complaining about the UFC making an interim belt. He should be grateful for the opportunity he has. He was living in village and living with cows.”

While Kape’s apparent rivalry with Figueiredo is strictly verbal at the moment, the former Rizin champion will be hoping that the Brazilian remains at flyweight so he can meet him in the Octagon down the line.

Kape, who is set for a tough test against top-10 contender Rogério Bontorin this Saturday in Singapore, firmly believes that he is destined for a place in the championship conversation soon enough.

Should the Portuguese-Angolan follow up his first-round finishes of Ode’ Osbourne and Zhalgas Zhumagulov with another impressive display against Bontorin, he’ll no doubt plant himself a significant step closer to the Brazilian champ.

Do you agree with Manel Kape’s take on Deiveson Figueiredo’s recent comments?

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