Deiveson Figueiredo Says Henry Cejudo Will Be Around To Watch ‘Traitor’ Brandon Moreno KO
Deiveson Figueiredo will have former rival-turned-teammate Henry Cejudo in his corner when he seeks revenge against Brandon Moreno on Jan. 22 at UFC 270.
Speaking on this week’s episode of MMA Fighting’s Portuguese language podcast Trocação Franca, Figueiredo explained why the former two-division king of the UFC wants to be by his side for his trilogy match with Moreno, who has trained with Cejudo in the past.
“Brandon Moreno is dirty – that’s all I have to say about him,” Figueiredo said. ” He is dirty. He’s a traitor. When I arrived in Scottsdale, [Ariz. at the Fight Ready gym,] Henry Cejudo told me about his betrayal. He lived here with Henry Cejudo and then became [Joseph] Benavidez’s sparring partner to fight Cejudo, so this was his biggest betrayal.
“That’s why Cejudo comes with me [to the fight], to look him in the eye. Cejudo will be in my corner to watch the head of this little thug, and I will knock him out. Listen to me carefully.”
Figueiredo once targeted Cejudo as a potential opponent, but now he says he sees him as a “brother”. Figueiredo is feeling healthier and more confident after doing quite a camp alongside Cejudo and Eric Albarracin in Arizona, and is walking around under 137 pounds just 12 days before the official weigh-ins – 10 pounds lighter than previous fights in the UFC.
“I’m happy to have him by my side,” said Figueiredo, who previously fought to a draw with Moreno before losing the rematch via submission. “It gives me confidence in myself. I am 100% focused on this fight, bro. I can’t wait to go back to Brazil and take that belt with me. The fire is burning inside me to step into this octagon and be done with this.
Figueiredo said training with Cejudo taught him “patience and calm”.
“Each predator is calm and patient before attacking the prey,” Figueiredo said. “I always wanted to aim for the kill from start to finish. I went in there to knock them out.
Figueiredo wants the UFC belt he held for almost a year back and thinks his former rival-turned-teammate could get another one for his collection as well. A former flyweight and bantamweight title holder, Cejudo has been clamoring for a shot at UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski for months, especially now that Max Holloway is unable to face him, but the promotion has finally taken a shot. different direction.
Cejudo announced his retirement from MMA after earning his sixth straight UFC win when he stopped Dominick Cruz in the second round of their 2020 bantamweight championship bout. In his previous appearances, Cejudo finished Marlon Moraes and TJ Dillashaw, and dethroned the legendary champion Demetrious. Johnson.
“Just be patient and [the UFC] will give him the fight and the scholarship he asks for,” Figueiredo said. “He deserves it too. Guy has a name. It’s all about the numbers, isn’t it? He works non-stop, he stays fit. He’s moved up a division so he can’t have the looks slim like people think, he has to adjust to this new weight. The numbers will decide. Lock the cage [if they ever reach a deal] and he will be there inside the octagon.