The undefeated Brazilian flyweight was slated to manage Benavidez on Jan. 26, before the pro motion eventually decided to cancel UFC 233. Matchmakers tried to move the competition to the Jan. 1-9 card Brooklyn, however it would be too quickly for Figueiredo.
Benavidez went on to manage — and conquer — Dustin Ortiz in UFC Brooklyn, which makes that two wins in a row for him, but Figueiredo told MMA Struggling he feels they ought to match from the Octagon one day.
”I owe Benavidez a fight, and that I expect this happens,” said Figueiredo, that is training in Team alphamale — Benavidez’s team in California — for a year. “When we met from the gymnasium we would slug it away. Nothing personal, however we would break eachother in training [laughs]. ”
“God of War” feels like a greater fighter since linking the camp before his knock out victory over John Moraga in August, giving charge to jiu-jitsu coach Fabio Prado and alphamale pioneer Urijah Faber. Feeling “section of the family members ” in the gymnasium, Figueiredo explains the principal variation in his game considering moving into California.
”I frustrated in my second UFC fight because my competitor was a wrestler and he kept shooting down me,” Figueiredo said, mentioning his decision triumph over Jarred Brooks.
”I wanted to finish him and went for a guillotine rather than protecting the takedown, and being here helped me improve my game a good deal. I have added more weapons to my match today. ”
Figueiredo thinks he has learned to balance aggressiveness with the perfect strategy to win conflicts, and vows to make use of that in Saturday night’s UFC Nashville, when he faces top-ranked flyweight Jussier Formiga.
“Most of the Brazilians don’t love to fight eachother, they would prefer to fight ‘gringos’, nonetheless it’s narrowing down now,” Figueiredo stated. “I’m on the list of five best of this branch and also my aim is to fight for the belt, therefore that there ’s no other option except eliminating the minds which get in my own way. For someone who’s hungry and also has a goal to achieve, this really can be a superb prospect. I’m going there to knock him out.
”I’ve a jiu-jiu-jitsu background, however I use it more for defense as my fighting style is competitive, to knock people out. When he attempts to take down me, I’ll prevent him with my earth and pound. When he stands infront of me, I’ll knock him out. I don’t see this fight going beyond the second round. ”
Figueiredo thinks he should “definitely” earn a shot at the UFC flyweight championship if he improves to 16-0 on Saturday, and he plans to leave no more doubts by rapping outside the jiujitsu specialist.
Additionally, he expects that a KO convinces UFC president Dana White to keep the flyweight branch going, even though he plans on moving up to bantamweight at the foreseeable future also.
”I’m undefeated and my fights always end by knock out, therefore that I got a chance to fight to the belt,” Figueiredo stated. “Folks say that they will end the branch, but my purpose is to make it stay. My purpose is to show Dana White that this weight class has got the potential to stay in the UFC and wear a series in my struggles. I don’t desire this branch to disappear until I get that belt. ”
”My goal is to win the title at 125 and move around 135,” he also added. “This ’s my goal, therefore that I hope they don’t close the branch before I get this belt. ”