ABU DHABI – The UFC has a brand new 125-pound king – and Dana White is impressed.
After UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo brutalized and submitted multi-time title challenger Joseph Benavidez at UFC on ESPN+ 30, the UFC president praised his latest strapholder on the post-fight information convention.
“Pure violence,” White advised MMA Junkie on the post-fight information convention. “No controversy on this one. We have now fairly nasty champions in these two divisions now.”
As not too long ago as early this 12 months, the UFC way forward for the boys’s flyweight division was clouded. With the promotion chopping roughly half of its divisional roster, the lightest males’s weight class within the firm probably appeared on its approach out.
Saturday, White sang a unique tune, as he indicated the boys’s flyweight division isn’t going anyplace.
“When was the final time I talked about eliminating the (flyweight) division?” White stated. “Yeah, it’s right here. Take a look at how good this man appeared tonight. Look what he did. (There was) a ton of controversy within the first combat from weight to headbutts. (There was) no controversy on this one. The man got here in and did what he stated he was going to do in opposition to the No. 2 ranked man on the earth and he appeared rattling good doing it.
Earlier within the lineup, the UFC on ESPN+ 30 foremost card opener featured Alexandre Pantoja, a fighter who was serving as a backup had both Figueiredo (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) or Benavidez or withdrawn from the combat. Pantoja was defeated by fellow flyweight Askar Askarov through unanimous determination.
Regardless of Askarov beating the fighter the promotion had pegged as the following title challenger after Benavidez, the UFC president wasn’t keen to decide to Figueiredo’s first title protection opponnent.
“After I get dwelling, we’ll determine that stuff out,” White stated.
Figueiredo has expressed his curiosity in turning into a two-weight world champion at some point. White didn’t rule out this chance. however stated the Brazilian must choose up just a few extra wins at his present weight class earlier than the UFC entertains the thought.
“I’d wish to see him defend his title a pair instances,” White stated. “Possibly if he defends the title a few instances, that’ll be fascinating, yeah.”
The flyweight title bout was the UFC on ESPN+ 30 foremost occasion at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It streamed on ESPN+.