Deiveson Figueiredo felt ‘very bad’ prior to UFC 263, angles for trilogy vs. Brandon Moreno

Deiveson Figueiredo credits Brandon Moreno for the efficiency he placed on at UFC 263, however the ex-champion states he wasn’t feeling himself when he lost the title.

As he left the hotel Saturday to take a trip to the place, Figueiredo (20-2-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 9-2-1 UFC) understood something was up. He didn’t feel well, however he put his faith in God’s hands. Things did not play out as he prepared.

“I left the hotel feeling very bad,” Figueiredo informed Combate (equated from Portuguese). “I knew it wasn’t my day, but I gave it into God’s hands, and going to the octagon I said, ‘Lord, yours will be done.’ I got in there, I didn’t really fight like I (can).”

In the 3rd round of his 3rd title defense, Figueiredo was sent by Moreno (19-5-2 Mixed Martial Arts, 8-2-2 UFC), who ended up being the very first Mexico-born champ in promo history.

Their UFC 263 co-main occasion clash was a rematch of their UFC 256 “Fight of the Year” prospect, which ended in a draw. Figueiredo was docked a point because battle after he landed a low blow to Moreno. The method the very first battle played out adds to Figueiredo’s passion for a trilogy bout.

“I really want to immediately ask for a rematch with Dana and I hope to be (obliged) because I won the first fight and even so they took a point from me and they decided to draw to give the second fight,” Figueiredo stated. “And now I want the trilogy. He got my belt, the first one I won and we’re going to fight this third fight now to take the fight off.”

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When he put aside his frustration Figueiredo matched the brand-new champ on a relatively dominant success. The loss lit a trigger under Figueiredo and he assured to return with a title-clinching efficiency when he’s all set to come back, which he approximates will remain in roughly 4 months.

“He’s to be congratulated,” Figueiredo stated. “It was his night. He certainly trained very well for this fight and today was not my day. But I want the trilogy, I want this fight to happen. Now I just want to go back home and train again just right, to really show who I am, the real owner of the belt. I only want four months, that’s when I’m going to stabilize. My gym is changing, all this is a process that kind of messed up my training, but now I want to go back, get everything right and be able to win the belt again.”

UFC 263 occurred Saturday at Gila River Arena. The primary card streamed on pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.