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Figueiredo Shines in Bantamweight debut, Secures Victory Over Font

Deiveson Figueiredo showcased his versatility and skill set in the 135-pound weight class, securing a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.

Breaking away from his historic four-fight series with Brandon Moreno, Figueiredo faced a different opponent for the first time since November 2020. Throughout the three rounds, Figueiredo displayed a combination of striking and grappling techniques, effectively shutting down Font's offensive attempts.

While Figueiredo initially struggled with the striking range, he gained confidence as the fight progressed. In the second round, he asserted control with a mix of striking and takedown attempts, leaving Font cautious and on the defensive. The final round saw Font making a desperate effort, but Figueiredo's left hook left him staggered. Despite Figueiredo's attempts to finish the fight, Font survived until the final bell.

For Font, the victory was a crucial one, breaking a streak of three losses in his past four fights. Notably, his defeats came against high-caliber opponents, including Figueiredo, Cory Sandhagen, Marlon Vera, and UFC Hall of Famer Jose Aldo.

With this win, Figueiredo expressed his satisfaction with the move to the bantamweight division and confidently called for significant challenges at 135 pounds. The 35-year-old former champion, who was 1-2-1 in his previous four fights against Moreno, demonstrated resilience and signaled a new chapter in his career.

In a post-fight interview, Figueiredo stated, “I feel great representing 135. I did some great things at 125, but I felt great at 135. This show tonight was for you." Despite Font's hardship in recent fights, the victory adds another former UFC champion to his list of conquests, alongside his May 2021 triumph over Cody Garbrandt.


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