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The UFC’s 2023 schedule is filled with exciting fights and former two-time flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo is among the notable bookings.
Figueiredo, who hasn’t fought since losing his second reign as the 125-pound champion to Brandon Moreno at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, is ready to make his return. After struggling with weight cuts, the Brazilian fighter expressed his desire to move up to the bantamweight division. Despite a few uncertainties surrounding his future opponent, Figueiredo’s debut in the 135-pound division is now confirmed.
On December 2, Figueiredo will step into the Octagon against the #7-ranked Rob Font. While Font is coming off a recent loss to Cory Sandhagen, former champion Aljamain Sterling believes that Font will spoil Figueiredo’s plans at bantamweight.
“Figueiredo is moving up to 135 to face Rob Font,” said Sterling during a recent episode of The Weekly Scraps podcast. “I think Rob Font is going to dominate Figueiredo. I think Figueiredo will be too small, even when standing next to him in person.
“Figueiredo may have the speed advantage, but once Font closes the distance with his strategic kicks and jabs, I believe he will find success with his powerful hooks,” Sterling continued. “Figueiredo, as a former world champion, will make it interesting, but the size difference will play a role.”
Only time will tell if Sterling’s prediction is accurate, but Figueiredo is determined to prove him wrong on December 2.
Having already achieved success in the lowest male weight class in the UFC, Figueiredo is now aiming for further glory in the bantamweight division.
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