Alexandre Pantoja wants Deiveson Figueiredo rematch, thinks he was deceived in first bout

LAS VEGAS – Alexandre Pantoja wishes to get his hands on the champ one more time.

The UFC flyweight competitor is wishing to land a rematch with Deiveson Figueiredo following Pantoja’s choice win over Manel Kape at Saturday’s UFC Battle Night 184. Pantoja (23-5 Mixed Martial Arts, 7-3 UFC) beat the previous Rizin FF champ and got better from his defeat to Askar Askarov in July 2020.

Pantoja kept the champ in mind while battling Kape, as he frantically looks for to avenge his “Fight of the Night” defeat to Figueiredo, which decreased prior to Figueiredo ended up being champ.

“All the time I’m fighting with Manel, I’m thinking Deiveson Figueiredo,” Pantoja informed press reporters at the UFC Battle Night 184 post-fight press conference. “If I want to fight Figueiredo, I want to beat that guy and that’s it. I want that guy. I want Deiveson Figueiredo.”

Figueiredo is not presently scheduled for a title defense, however he’s commonly anticipated to handle Brandon Moreno in an instant rematch at some point in 2021. The 2 are coming off a “Fight of the Year” prospect bout back at UFC 256 in December which ended in a bulk draw. UFC president Dana White stated following the battle that an instant rematch was the strategy.

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Pantoja intends to lock horns with Figueiredo when again, as he feels the fellow Brazilian fooled him in their last trip back at UFC 240 in 2019.

“First fight with Figueiredo, he came to me and said, ‘Hey, let’s make that bulldog fight, like a street fight. Let’s go. I can strike with you.’ And in the first round he took me down,” Pantoja stated. “Come on. What’s this? He played with me, and I’m not going to make that mistake again. I’m ready for Deiveson now.”

Pantoja believes he’s grown plenty considering that the 2 last combated and has actually enhanced his total video game, however most significantly his state of mind.

“I’m still growing, and every fight I get something – and now I have more to prove,” Pantoja stated. “This fight is different. My weight cut is different. My mind is different. My mind is so good now. I can do anything I want. I can fight with anyone. I can fight a good striker like Manel, or I can fight jiu-jitsu with any guy.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.