Deiveson Figueiredo

Deiveson Alcântara Figueiredo[11] (born December 18, 1987) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the two-time and current UFC Flyweight Champion.[12] As of July 11, 2022, he is #8 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.[13]

Deiveson Figueiredo
Born (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 34)
Soure, Pará, Brazil
Other namesDaico
Deus Da Guerra (God of War)[1]
Figgy Smalls
NationalityBrazilian
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
DivisionFlyweight
Reach68 in (173 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofSoure, Pará, Brazil
TeamMarajó Brothers Team (2004–2018)[3]
Team Alpha Male (2018–2019)[4]
Team Figueiredo (2019–2021)[5][6][7]
Fight Ready (2021–present)[8]
Chute Boxe Diego Lima (2022–present)[9]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[10]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total24
Wins21
By knockout9
By submission8
By decision4
Losses2
By submission1
By decision1
Draws1
Other information
Notable relativesFrancisco Figueiredo
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Figueiredo was born in Soure, Pará, Brazil, a small city on the isle of Marajó where buffaloes roam freely.[6] His father was a buffalo herder who practiced luta marajoara, a local folk wrestling style.[6] Deiveson has a younger sister and a brother – Francisco – who also is a professional mixed martial artist signed with the UFC.[6][14] He was a cowboy, working with his father at an animal farm until he was thirteen years old.[6] Around the age of nine, he followed his father's footsteps and began wrestling. He moved to Belém to attend high school and started training in capoeira.[6] He started training MMA after he met Iuri "Marajó" Alcântara at the age of sixteen.[15]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Figueiredo made his professional debut in February 2012 against a fellow debutante Aluisio Ferreira. He won the fight by first-round submission. In his next six fights, Figueiredo fought in the Pará and Maranhão MMA circuits, mostly against debuting fighters, with David Silva and Joel Silva being the notable exceptions.[1]

In late 2014, Deiveson signed with Jungle Fight, and was scheduled to make his first appearance with the organization at Jungle Fight 75 against Rayner Silva. Figueiredo won the fight by a second-round TKO.[16]

He was then scheduled to fight Jefte Brilhante during Revelation FC 3, but the bout was later cancelled.[17] He was scheduled to fight Henrique Souza during Revelation FC 4, but the fight was likewise later cancelled.[18]

Figueiredo was scheduled to fight Antônio de Miranda during Jungle Fight 87, following a seventeen-month break from the sport. He defeated de Miranda by submission mid-way through the first round.[19] He fought again four months later, during Jungle Fight 90, against the undefeated Denis Araujo Oliveira. He defeated Araujo by a second-round TKO. [20][21]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Figueiredo made his promotional debut on June 3, 2017, at UFC 212, facing Marco Beltran.[22] He won the fight via technical knockout by corner stoppage after round two.[23]

His next fight came on October 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida against Jarred Brooks.[24][25] He won the fight via split decision.[26]

On February 3, 2018, Figueiredo faced Joseph Morales at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders.[27] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[28]

Figueiredo faced John Moraga on August 25, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 135.[29] He won the fight via technical knockout 3:08 into the second round.[30]

Figueiredo was expected to face Joseph Benavidez on January 19, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 143.[31] However the promotion clarified plans indicating that the pairing was off and that Figueiredo would be rescheduled for a separate event.[32][33]

Figueiredo faced Jussier Formiga on March 23, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 148.[34] He lost the fight via unanimous decision, thus resulting in Figueiredo's first professional loss.[35]

Figueiredo faced Alexandre Pantoja on July 27, 2019, at UFC 240.[36] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[37] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[38]

Figueiredo faced Tim Elliott on October 12, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 161.[39] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[40]

UFC Flyweight ChampionEdit

Figueiredo faced Joseph Benavidez for the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC Fight Night 169 on February 29, 2020.[41] At the weigh-in, Figueiredo weighed in at 127.5 pounds, 2.5 pounds over the title fight limit. As a result, Figueiredo forfeited 30 percent of his purse to Benavidez and wasn't eligible to win the UFC Flyweight championship.[41][42] He won the fight via TKO in round two.[43]

Figueiredo rematched with Joseph Benavidez for the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC Fight Night 172 on July 19, 2020.[44] On July 11, 2020, Figueiredo tested positive for COVID-19. According to his manager, the bout was not yet officially removed and Figueiredo was administered a second COVID-19 test on July 12, 2020, where the result would be back on July 13, 2020, to determined if Figueiredo was free to fight.[45] Figueiredo passed multiple COVID-19 tests, clearing him to fight in the main event.[46] Figueiredo won the fight via a technical submission in the first round.[47] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[48]

As the first fight of his new six-fight contract with the UFC, Figueiredo was scheduled to make his first title defense against former UFC Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt on November 21, 2020, at UFC 255.[49] However, it was reported on October 2, 2020, that Garbrandt had torn his bicep and was forced to pull out of the contest. Figueiredo instead made his first title defense against Alex Perez.[50] He won the fight via guillotine choke submission in round one.[51]

After a successful defence of his title at UFC 255, Figueiredo faced Brandon Moreno at UFC 256.[52] This was the UFC's fastest championship turnaround, at 21 days.[53] After five rounds of back-and-forth fighting, the fight was declared a majority draw. Figueiredo had a point taken from him by referee Jason Herzog in the third round for a low blow: the foul proved crucial as it turned two 48-47 scorecards in his favor into even 47-47 decisions, with the third judge seeing the fight 48-46 for the champion.[54] Both men won the Fight of the Night award.[55]

Title lossEdit

Figueiredo then faced Moreno in a rematch on June 12, 2021, at UFC 263.[56] He lost the bout and the title via a rear-naked choke submission in round three.[57]

Second UFC Flyweight Championship reignEdit

A trilogy bout with Moreno for the UFC Flyweight Championship was scheduled on December 11, 2021, at UFC 269 initially,[58] but it was moved to UFC 270.[59] Figueiredo trained with Henry Cejudo at Fight Ready to prepare for the fight.[60] After knocking Moreno down multiple times, he won the bout via unanimous decision, becoming a two time UFC Flyweight champion in the process.[61] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[62]

Personal lifeEdit

Figueiredo worked as a bricklayer, hairdresser, and sushi chef before competing in MMA professionally.[15]

He is a fan of Brazilian football teams Botafogo and Paysandu.[63]

Following a stint at Team Alpha Male, Deiveson returned to his native Brazil and founded Team Figueiredo gym in Belém.[6]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

GrapplingEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
24 matches 21 wins 2 losses
By knockout 9 0
By submission 8 1
By decision 4 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–2–1 Brandon Moreno Decision (unanimous) UFC 270 January 22, 2022 5 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Won the UFC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Loss 20–2–1 Brandon Moreno Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 263 June 12, 2021 3 2:26 Glendale, Arizona, United States Lost the UFC Flyweight Championship.
Draw 20–1–1 Brandon Moreno Draw (majority) UFC 256 December 12, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained the UFC Flyweight Championship. Figueiredo was deducted one point in round 3 due to a groin strike. Fight of the Night.
Win 20–1 Alex Perez Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 255 November 21, 2020 1 1:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Flyweight Championship.
Win 19–1 Joseph Benavidez Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 July 19, 2020 1 4:48 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Won the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 18–1 Joseph Benavidez TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo February 29, 2020 2 1:54 Norfolk, Virginia, United States For the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship. Figueiredo missed weight (127.5 lb) and became ineligible to win the title.
Win 17–1 Tim Elliott Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson October 12, 2019 1 3:08 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 16–1 Alexandre Pantoja Decision (unanimous) UFC 240 July 27, 2019 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Fight of the Night.
Loss 15–1 Jussier Formiga Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis March 23, 2019 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 15–0 John Moraga TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick August 25, 2018 2 3:08 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Win 14–0 Joseph Morales TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders February 3, 2018 2 4:34 Belém, Brazil
Win 13–0 Jarred Brooks Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida October 28, 2017 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 12–0 Marco Beltrán TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 212 June 3, 2017 2 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 11–0 Ricardo do Socorro Submission (arm-triangle choke) Salvaterra Marajó Fight 5 December 1, 2016 1 1:20 Salvaterra, Brazil
Win 10–0 Denis Oliveira Fontes Araujo KO (punches) Jungle Fight 90 September 3, 2016 2 2:56 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 9–0 Antônio de Miranda Submission (guillotine choke) Jungle Fight 87 May 21, 2016 1 2:55 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–0 Rayner Silva TKO (punches) Jungle Fight 75 December 18, 2014 2 3:20 Belém, Brazil
Win 7–0 João Neto Silva TKO (punches) Coalizao Fight 4 November 13, 2014 1 2:18 Benevides, Brazil
Win 6–0 Joel Silva KO (punches) Coalizao Fight Night August 7, 2014 1 3:30 Belém, Brazil
Win 5–0 Edvaldo Junior Submission (guillotine choke) Jurunense Open Fight MMA 8 July 3, 2014 1 4:55 Belém, Brazil
Win 4–0 Adailton Pereira Decision (unanimous) Lago da Pedra Fight May 1, 2014 3 5:00 Lago da Pedra, Brazil
Win 3–0 David Raimundo Silva Submission (guillotine choke) Jurunense Open Fight MMA 7 March 20, 2014 1 0:53 Belém, Brazil
Win 2–0 Jonas Ferreira TKO (punches) Amazon Fight 18: Santa Izabel August 11, 2012 1 2:04 Santa Isabel do Pará, Brazil
Win 1–0 Aluisio Ferreira Submission (armbar) Knock Out Combat Icoaraci 3 February 17, 2012 1 3:02 Belém, Brazil

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See alsoEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by 3rd UFC Flyweight Champion
July 19, 2020 – June 12, 2021
Incumbent

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Henry Cejudo
Vacated
3rd UFC Flyweight Champion
July 19, 2020 – June 21, 2021
Succeeded by
Preceded by 5th UFC Flyweight Champion
January 22, 2020 – Present
Incumbent