01 Jan Deiveson Figueiredo expects ‘much easier’ weight cut for UFC 256, predicts first-round win over Brandon Moreno
Deiveson Figueiredo doesn’t expect any surprises when he walks to the scale Friday morning for the official UFC 256 weigh-ins in Las Vegas.
“Deus da Guerra” struggled and failed to hit 125-pound championship weight for his February clash with Joseph Benavidez, but he avoided controversy ahead of a rematch with Benavidez in July and then against Alex Perez in November.
Booked for a historic three-week turnaround at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Figueiredo reassures fans there will be no issue this time.
The Brazilian talent usually bulks up to 147 pounds days after a flyweight bout. But he kept his weight as low as 136 pounds with two weeks to go for his clash with Brandon Moreno.
“I’m having a special attention (in Las Vegas’ UFC Performance Institute), and you can be sure I’ll make weight much easier (than before), god willing,” Figueiredo said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I’ll be ready and on weight to put on another show for the Brazilian fans on Dec. 12.”
Speaking of the in-cage difficulties that Moreno brings to the table, Figueiredo actually sees the Mexico native as an easier opponent than Perez, who only lasted one minute and 57 seconds in a meeting three weeks ago.
“Perez is way tougher than him, no doubt about it,” Figueiredo said of Moreno. “But I’m ready to shut his mouth on the 12th so he doesn’t call me out or talk trash at me on social media again.
“Brandon Moreno comes from a boxing background; he has sharp little boxing, but speaking of jiu-jitsu and takedowns, I see no qualities in him. So it’s an easier match-up for me to fight. I thought Perez’s game was easy, and I think his is way easier.”
“Deus da Guerra” has made it pretty clear he dislikes Moreno for the way he was called out earlier this year, and he’s eager to put an end this rivalry inside the octagon. The fact “The Assassin Baby” is more vocal than Benavidez and Perez “makes me wanna put him out,” he said.
Figueiredo called himself “Dungeon Master” for predicting the exact outcome of his most recent UFC bouts – a reference to the Dungeons & Dragons TV series character – and foresees another quick night in the office Saturday.
“I’m a fighter that studies my opponents a lot, and that makes me be so certain of the way I can beat them,” Figueiredo said. “I work a lot on the things I study, and the areas where they are weak are the ones I’ll attack.”
At UFC 256, that area is grappling.
“(Moreno) will be submitted,” Figueiredo said. “I’ll take him down and submit him. First round. He’s not a man to fight two rounds.”