SAO PAULO, Brazil — Deiveson Figueiredo improved his perfect record to 13-0 with a win over Jarred Brooks at UFC Sao Paulo on Saturday, but wasn’t confident he would get the win when the final round was over.
Shortly after the contest, Figueiredo spoke with the media backstage and said that he expected Bruce Buffer to announce Brooks as the winner, but he got the victory via split decision after all.
"It was a tough fight,” Figueiredo said. "In the end, I thought I had lost the fight, but I kept celebrating."
"I was scared,” he added, "but I think I’ll lose one day, so if I had lost today I’d lose with honor because I fought until the end and didn’t quit, but thank God the win came. (Brooks) said I’d leave the Octagon crying, but he left crying today."
The Brazilian flyweight had a tough weight cut for UFC Sao Paulo, getting emotional before the official weigh-ins Friday morning, but says that that wasn’t the reason why his performance was disappointing.
Citing lack of training and being taken down at will, Figueiredo believes his heart gave him the win at the Ibirapuera gymnasium.
"What made me win this fight was my willpower,” he said. "I came back in the second round hitting him hard, and he felt it, went down twice, and not giving up made me win the fight. He got tired between the second and third rounds, and I think that made me win the fight."
Figueiredo announced he will likely train overseas before his next UFC fight, and is currently looking at three different gyms where he could land next. Jackson’s MMA, where his friend Iuri Alcantara often trains at, is one of the options.
No matter where he does his next camp, the unbeaten flyweight hopes to be part of the UFC Belem card on Feb. 3.
"I’m a great option to bring fans to the arena,” Figueiredo said, "so I ask them to put me at the UFC card in Belem to put on a show there."