Deiveson Figueiredo expresses his non-delight for Alex Perez. The two are set to headline UFC 255 on November 21, 2020.
The countdown for the month’s marquee event has begun, but Deiveson Figueiredo, who is set to feature in the headliner bout and initiate his title defense chapter, isn’t too pumped up for the Pay-Per-view.
Initially, UFC booked Cody Garbrandt alongside Figueiredo in the Flyweight title bout, however, Garbrandt withdrew on account of a torn bicep, which thereby, made way for Alex Perez to appear as a late-replacement. While, Perez has been chosen as the undisputed contender, Figueiredo is not intimidated by the the challenge the No.4 ranked Flyweight would bring, rather labeled him as “slow” and unworthy for the title shot.
Deiveson Figueiredo On His Upcoming Fight Against Alex Perez
In a chat with MMA Fighting, the Brazilian talked about Cody Garbrandt’s departure, Alex Perez filling in, and laid out his thoughts about his upcoming fight at UFC 255.
“I don’t get scared by opponents. With all due respect, Cody Garbrandt would have been a more dangerous fight for me, but I was training to knock him out. Unfortunately he got hurt, and I hope he recovers quickly so we can make this fight happen.”
Figueiredo continued and revealed what went through his mind, when he came to know that Alex Perez would replace Cody.
“They put Alex Perez in, and I don’t see many qualities in him. I’m training really hard as if I was fighting Garbrandt. You can be sure that I’ll train hard to knock him out. Based on what I’ve seen, Alex Perez’s style favors me. He’s slow, I see no danger in him. That’s why I’m training to knock him out in the first round.”
Furthermore, Figueiredo also brought Brandon Moreno- who was originally going to face Perez at the event- in the conversation, and said he would have presented a better contention.
“I see more qualities in Brandon Moreno than in (Perez), but I’m playing by God’s will. Since they put him in, I’ll train to knock him out. I always train to knock my opponents out.”
Deiveson Figueiredo, though might not see Alex Perez as an intimidating opponent, but concluded the talk by seemingly accepting, that on the day anything can happen in the 8-sided closed structure.
“There are no easy fights, there’s always danger. But of all the opponents out there, this matchup is the one that favors me the most. He offers less danger than the others. I always follow God’s plans. Since he’s the one coming to fight me, so be it. I’ll give him a warm welcome.”
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