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UFC 255 : Deiveson Figueiredo Plans To KO Alex Perez In First Round
November 13, 2020
Following the withdrawal of Cody Garbrandt, Alex Perez is stepping in as replacement to face UFC Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 255. However, “Deus da Guerra” doesn’t see a treat in anyone stepping in to face him at the event which takes place on November 21st.
Figueiredo didn’t really feel excited, when news broke that Perez was going to be replacing the injured Garbrandt as he feels the later will be a more dangerous fight for him than Perez and will still love to make the fight happen after He recovers.
“I don’t get scared by opponents,” Figueiredo said during an interview with MMA Fighting. “With all due respect, Cody Garbrandt would have been a more dangerous fight for me, but I was training to knock him out. Unfortunately he got hurt, and I hope he recovers quickly so we can make this fight happen.”
Figueiredo had plans of knocking out Garbrandt, whom he feels is far better and faster than Perez. Now, he sees no danger and presently training to finish Perez off in the first round of their fight. He also iterated, he really wants to fight the former bantamweight champion Garbrandt, so he can knock him out.
“They put Alex Perez in, and I don’t see many qualities in him,” Figueiredo said. “I’m training really hard as if I was fighting Garbrandt. You can be sure that I’ll train hard to knock him out. Based on what I’ve seen, Alex Perez’s style favors me. He’s slow, I see no danger in him. That’s why I’m training to knock him out in the first round.”
Figueiredo has been exceptionally good since rejoining the UFC in 2017 and has be able to defeat six of his seven opponents bar a first round stoppage loss to Jussier Formiga, the only fighter to defeat the Brazilian in the MMA.
Initially booked to face Brandon Moreno in the same fight card he will now be topping, Perez will look to get past the crafty veteran on his way to the title but Figueiredo doesn’t see that happening and believes Moreno would have made a better statement than Perez.
“I see more qualities in Brandon Moreno than in (Perez), but I’m playing by God’s will,” Figueiredo said. “Since they put him in, I’ll train to knock him out. I always train to knock my opponents out.
“There are no easy fights, there’s always danger, but of all the opponents out there, this matchup is the one that favors me the most. He offers less danger than the others. I always follow God’s plans. Since he’s the one coming to fight me, so be it. I’ll give him a warm welcome.”