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Cody Garbrandt blasts weight bully Deiveson Figueiredo and predicts UFC 300 fight

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Things are heating up between Cody Garbrandt and Deiveson Figueiredo.

The former UFC champions were supposed to settle their differences in a flyweight title fight at UFC 255 four years ago, but it didn't go according to plan when Garbrandt withdrew due to injury.

Figueiredo will now face Garbrandt in the first fight of the evening on the stacked UFC 300 card. Ahead of his second outing at bantamweight, Figueiredo plans to break what he believes is a compromised Garbrandt in the Octagon.

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“We see that he is mentally fragile. He doesn't have a good head,” Figueiredo recently said on the MMA Fighting Podcast: “Trocação Franca'. “We see that he hasn't come back after a few defeats, right? Every athlete is afraid of being touched. Many fighters enjoy fighting but collapse when a hand lands. You have to be a tough guy, you have to have a strong spirit to come back. I think I will influence his mind by touching him and he will respect me more.”

As for criticism of his mentality, “No Love” thinks it's plenty from Figueiredo, as the former champion famously failed to make weight in his first title fight against Joe Benavidez in 2020.

“He thinks I’m mentally weak or whatever. I don’t know how it was translated from Portuguese, but that’s where he gave himself up,” Garbrandt said Kevin Iole, alluding to Figueiredo's previous weight mistake. “He gave up. He didn't even have anyone trying to take him down and put an elbow through his skull. It was him giving up on himself…

“You have to believe in yourself, that's the main thing he can push through and he's lost weight a few times. So I feel like he was just an oversized bantamweight who suffered from the harassment of the flyweights.”

Garbrandt decided to test the waters at flyweight, losing by TKO to Kai Kara-France in his only appearance in the weight class in 2021.

“I made flyweight [cut] “Before,” Garbrandt mused. “The weight was easy, it was like a champion, but I just didn't feel comfortable there with that weight. This is my weight. I like to eat, I like to lift the whole camp. I don't take back any of my skill work, just the seeing [Figueiredo] at 35' was good.

After losing his flyweight title to Brandon Moreno in a rare tetralogy fight, Figueiredo moved up to the bantamweight class and defeated top contender Rob Font via decision at UFC Austin in December 2023.

Garbrandt assesses Figueiredo's performance, what went wrong with his former opponent Font and what a win over the former 135-pound flyweight destroyer would mean for him.

“I think the fight with Rob, as I said, generated a lot of love and respect for Rob in the New England Cartel, but I just don’t think Rob posed enough of a threat.” [Figueiredo], he left it there. Didn't really add variety to the martial arts to really tax Deiveson's cardio. Deiveson kind of sat back and let Rob fight at his pace. I think that's something Deiveson will try. He's not a volume striker, he doesn't really move back and forth much, straight back and forth.

“I like this fight a lot,” Garbrandt said of the duel against Figueiredo. “The most important thing for us is that four years ago we were able to fight, which didn't happen, but now that he's at bantamweight and is No. 8 in the division, I'm back. I will finish him off and it will be an exciting fight until I do. Until I turn off the lights or suffocate him until he gives up on himself. So I’m looking forward to doing that in a week.”

Cody Garbrandt vs. Deiveson Figueiredo opens UFC 300 this Saturday.

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