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Deiveson Figueiredo doubts Brandon Moreno’s evolution with the new team: ‘He never changed his game’

Deiveson Figueiredo isn’t quite ready to bury the hatchet with Brandon Moreno.

At UFC 277, Moreno knocked out Kai Kara-France to claim the interim flyweight title, setting up a future fourth fight with Figueiredo. In an attempt to build the fight, the UFC brought Figueiredo into the cage during Moreno’s post-fight interview for a face-off. rapidly deteriorating, but instead Moreno gave an impassioned speech, squashing their beef and apologizing for everything he had done to offend the flyweight champion.

In the cage, Figueiredo accepted the apology and shook hands with Moreno. But now, a few days later, “Deus de Guerra” is back in business.

“When I entered the cage, I entered with rage,” Figueiredo said through a translator to Ariel Helwani on MMA hour. “I’m still looking for a knockout, but Brandon was so nice during the interview that it was contagious and it kind of rubbed off on me. It kind of calmed the beast in me, but now I’m back, the rage is back and I’m coming for the fourth fight knockout.

Figueiredo and Moreno have already fought three times, going 1-1-1, and as their rivalry continued, the animosity grew. Earlier this year, Figueido even said he didn’t want a fourth fight with Moreno due to “racist comments” made by one of Moreno’s trainers. But that’s not the only reason why Figueiredo has tensions with his rival.

“I’m not friends with any type of traitor,” Figueiredo explained. “The first thing he did was betray Henry Cejudo. Henry opened his house and his family to him, they lived with Henry Cejudo, and then he became [Joseph] Benavidez’s sparring partner. Second, after losing to me, he ditched his longtime coach for years, a person who helped create him, and left. So I will never be friends with a traitor.

“I don’t hate him, but we’re not friends. He wants to be friends, but this is the fourth fight. It’s to make history. We can be friends afterwards, but not before or during.

For his part, Moreno has entirely put aside any ill will he had for Figueiredo and is focusing on their possible fourth fight as well.

Moreno recently switched sides, working with James Krause and Glory MMA for his bout with Kara-France, and while many praised Moreno’s move and performance last weekend, Figueiredo was less stellar in his assessment.

“Brandon looked the same as he always did,” Figueiredo said. “He never changed his game. It’s always the same and I have the antidote for him.

“Brandon Moreno knows I’m an amazing fighter, and I’m going to get to this fight even more amazing. I’m 95%, I’m already training all aspects of MMA. I’m a person who likes to go 110% in every workout [session]. My game is changing every day and he doesn’t know anything about my game. I will once again offer him a new game. He doesn’t know anything about the “god of war”. Quadrilogy, you will see a new ‘God of War’ in this fight.

With a new “God of War”, Figueiredo also hopes to have a new location for their fight.

The previous three meetings between Figueiredo and Moreno have all taken place in the United States – in Nevada, Arizona and California. But as a UFC champion who hasn’t fought in Brazil in over four years, Figueiredo hopes the UFC will do the right thing and finally let him defend his belt at home.

“Let’s go, UFC. I’ve always fought in Moreno’s house, 90% of the crowd is Mexican and cheering him on. They never went to Brazil for any of my fights. I want to bring that to my fans, to my family. Figueiredo said. “Bring it to Brazil, let’s go UFC. Sao Paulo. I want my family and friends to come and see. »