Deiveson Figueiredo didn’t think he’d be fighting for real gold this weekend. The flyweight contender takes on Joseph Benavidez in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 27 on Saturday night in Norfolk, Va. It’s a five-round contest that’s set to crown the new champion of the UFC’s 125-pound division. Figueiredo (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) thought he’d end up fighting for the belt, but the interim version. The Brazilian was caught off guard by Henry Cejudo’s decision to relinquish his flyweight title, thus making his fight against Benavidez (28-5 MMA, 15-3 UFC) for the undisputed belt. “We didn’t expect that Cejudo would have to surrender his belt,” Figueiredo told MMA Junkie.
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