In a recent interview with MMAFighting.com, Deiveson Figueiredo made it known that he wanted to face Cejudo for a lighter version of the BMF belt in 2021. Obviously, 'Triple C' didn't take too kindly to the reigning champion's call-out, and issued a response:
In the tweet, Cejudo called Figueiredo a bum, and even tagged UFC president Dana White:
"Yo @danawhite I'm really trying to enjoy my retirement but your bum fighter of the year can't get my name out of his mouth. Even though he has that smelly belt, he knows who the best in the world is."
Henry Cejudo dethroned Demetrious Johnson to become the new UFC flyweight champion back in 2018. He defended the title once before eventually relinquishing it to focus on his reign as the UFC bantamweight champion. In May of 2020, Cejudo eventually retired from MMA after a successful bantamweight title defense against Dominick Cruz.
Figueiredo, meanwhile, captured the vacant flyweight championship in July of 2020 after submitting Joseph Benavidez. Figueiredo defended the title with a submission win over Alex Perez in November of 2020, and then retained it after going to a draw against Brandon Moreno less than a month later.
Deiveson Figueiredo wants to face Henry Cejudo in 2021
After a stellar 2020 campaign, UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo has revealed what he would like to do in 2021. The exciting Brazilian champion has laid out a challenge to former two-division UFC titleholder Henry Cejudo.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Figueiredo expressed his desire to share the octagon with the former flyweight king Cejudo:
Figueiredo, who was named MMA Fighting's 2020 Fighter of the Year, called Cejudo out for a BMF Title fight:
"I want to start 2021 fighting for the BMF belt against Henry Cejudo. He talks too much and I'm ready to stop him, to shut this guy's mouth. I can't wait to make this fight happen in 2021."
Figueiredo and Cejudo have been going back and forth on social media for quite a while now. Figueiredo has long wanted to get his hands on Cejudo, but never got the opportunity after the latter retired. Could 2021 finally see a clash between two of the UFC's best flyweights ever?Published 06 Jan 2021, 11:20 IST