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Deiveson Figueiredo wants UFC bout with Dustin Ortiz: ‘He doesn’t belong in the top 10’

Deiveson Figueiredo believes he would knock Dustin Ortiz out in the UFC.
Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

Deiveson Figueiredo has a target in mind for his next UFC fight. Unbeaten in 14 professional MMA bouts, “Deus da Guerra” has decided to call out top 10 flyweight Dustin Ortiz for a clash in July.

Figueiredo last fought in February, when he scored a second-round knockout victory over Joseph Morales in Belem, Brazil, and signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion. Ortiz fought two weeks later, defeating Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 220.

“Dustin is in the top 10, and I want his spot in the ranking because he doesn’t deserve that,” Figueiredo told MMA Fighting.

“He doesn’t belong in the top 10. I want his spot. I have what it takes to be in the top 10 and I want to fight him. He’s coming off a win over a Brazilian, and I would be a great test for him.”

Ortiz is riding his first winning streak in the Octagon since 2014, improving to 7-5 in the UFC, while Figueiredo looks to extend his UFC record to 4-0 with another stoppage victory.

”I would definitely knock him out,” said Figueiredo, who defeated Morales, Jarred Brooks and Marco Antonio Beltran in eight months. “His game is not good enough to fight me.”

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