UFC satisfied Deiveson Figueiredo’s want, handed him the exclusive PPV points he wanted.
After leading an exceptional 2020, the Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo has apparently become the favorite of UFC authorities, thus, his demands are seen as the topmost priority.
The evidence of this is at large as upon demanding PPV points recently, the UFC has made arrangements and has granted Figuereido exactly what he asked for.
UFC grants Deiveson Figueiredo his wish to receive exclusive PPV points
His longtime manager Wallid Ismail disclosed the UFC’s grand gesture towards Figueiredo in an interview with MMA Fighting.
“I remember as it was today,” Ismail said. “I told [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard, ‘This guy will bring back the power to the flyweight division. He fights to kill his opponents, not to score points.’ And he trusted us and kept the division. Deiveson started to put on a show, and this last fight was his coronation.
“The guy was sick and still fought so the pay-per-view wouldn’t lose its main event. It was a draw but saw it as a win for us, and now they said he deserves the pay-per-view [points]. The UFC really values a complete athlete, one that sells. You can’t be good but not sell. That’s why selling matters so much. That’s what I always tell my athletes.”
‘He goes there and puts on a show’
Figueredo has been adjudged as the fighter of the year by many media outfits and his almost impeccable run advocates his case to be officially called as so. The 33-year-old competed four times in the last 12 months and in the process did become a part of something unprecedented as well i.e., He headlined consecutive Pay-Per-View shows (UFC 255 & UFC 256).
Moreover, his ultimate blitz with Brandon Moreno, which was the main event of the year’s last marquee show, is a shortlist prospect in the UFC’s official fight of the year list.
“People have to understand that MMA is a business,” Ismail said. “I have a great relationship with the UFC because I understand their side. If an athlete doesn’t sell…They didn’t have lighter fighters headlining pay-per-views before, they would go to Fight Nights because they didn’t sell. But when Deiveson started putting on a show and really showing that flyweights have power, that he has charisma.
“His life story is the best. His life story shows that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, from Africa or in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, which is his case or Western Europe, you can become UFC champion if you train hard and is focused. Deiveson proved it. The way he acts, his charisma, his authenticity, and knocking people out, which is the most important of all. He goes there and puts on a show.”
While 2020 would remain as an attractive chapter of Deiveson Figueiredo’s legacy, in 2021 he would look forward to cement his spot in the history books forever. The God of War would soon return to the Octagon to settle the dispute with Brandon Moreno, and if he goes past him then a potential fight against Cody Garbrandt or Henry Cejudo may turn out to be possible.
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