Deiveson Figueiredo isn’t worried about the weight cut.
In the main event of UFC 256, Figueredo is turning around just three weeks after beating Alex Perez at UFC 255 to battle Brandon Moreno. When the fight was announced, many were worried about whether or not the champion would make weight again given he has missed weight in the past. However, he is confident he will hit the mark.
“I wasn’t expecting it. The challenge happened, I said I wanted to fight him right away,” Figueiredo said to Combate. “But, I didn’t think it would be that fast, within 20 days having to hit the weight again and fight. But thanks to God now I am very calm and I believe that I will hit the weight without making all that effort, very calm and healthy, and I will have a great fight on Saturday.”
Although he is confident he will make the weight, when the fight was first offered, Deiveson Figueiredo wasn’t so sure. He had to talk to his team and nutritionist but after the talk decided to accept the scrap. But, we won’t know how the weight cut went until Friday morning when he steps on the scale.
“Damn it! Am I going to hit that weight?’ It was just what went through my head,” Figueiredo said. “And I got in touch with my nutritionist in Belém, Dr. Lia Correia, and she said that I was very healthy and that I should accept it. I trust her a lot, so I immediately accepted.”
Figueredo is coming off a first-round submission over Alex Perez to defend his flyweight title for the first time. The Brazilian won the vacant belt back in July with a dominant first-round submission victory over Joseph Benavidez in their rematch.
UFC 256 goes down on December 12 on pay-per-view at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.