FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Deiveson Figueiredo
By Dan McConnell
This weeks FightPost MMA fighter of the week, was an award that could have had multiple winners with the pick of this weekends action inside the octagon.
At UFC Norfolk, the vacant UFC Flyweight title was on the line. As well as two women’s featherweight bouts that offered a world championship opportunity.
It wasn’t a great night for European mixed martial arts, but was a night with the most entertaining and controversial card of the year so far!
Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev’s bout was controversially stopped early, as Cutelaba ate some nasty head-kicks and hooks but still looked to be defending himself intelligently.
Notable mentions go to featherweight top contenders in Megan Anderson who stopped the debuting Norma Dumont, with an incredible second round TKO victory. Calling to be next in line to face women’s Featherweight champion Amanda Nunes.
As well as Felicia Spencer, a woman who took on former 145-pound champion Cris Cyborg and went all three-rounds before losing a close decision. She stopped her opponent Zarah Fairn Dos Santos with a barrage of ground and pound strikes in the very first round, to bring her record to 8-1.
However, I think because of the weigh-in drama, manner of the fight ending sequence and high stakes up for grabs Daveison Figueiredo slightly pips it for the FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week award, and I’ll explain why….
Earlier in the week Figueiredo missed championship weight and therefore was unable to win the vacant flyweight title. This was recently relinquish by former champion Henry Ceujdo, who arguably saved the devision from demolition.
His opponent, who is considered one of the most well respected fighters in the game, the experienced 34-fight veteran Joseph Benavidez.
‘Jo-Jitsu’ would have been a champion in WEC and in the UFC, had he not ran into generational talents in Dominic Cruz and Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson.
Benavidez had the opportunity to finally get his hands on a world title. But standing in his way was an 18-1 Brazilian, named Deiveson Figueiredo.
Both fighters came into this one on a 3-fight win streak. This was a matchup up that was very unpredictable as well as tough to call on paper.
In the first round Benavidez survived numerous armbar attempts, while throwing bombs of his own looking over eager to force an early stoppage.
The 35-year old Benavidez seemed too emotionally invested in the fight, which unfortunately resulted to his own downfall.
Figueiredo threw his own punches back, while in the second round both men’s heads collided which seemed to be the watershed moment of the contest.
Benavidez suffered a brutal cut across his forehead, which had him uneasy on his feet. The Brazilian smelt and literally seen blood as Figueiredo rushed in and slammed a right hand through the jaw of Benavidez, dropping him straight to the canvas.
Figueiredo hailed down hammer fists before referee Dan Mirgliotta quickly pounced to stop the fight.
Figueiredo was unable to lift the title due to his missed weight, but called out to be crowned the champion after his vicious and brutal knockout-victory.
Congratulations Deiveson Figueiredo, you are this weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the week winner for your stunning but shocking knockout win in your first ever main-event!