- Deiveson Figueiredo accuses Brandon Moreno’s team of being racist
- Figueiredo wants the UFC to cancel his upcoming fourth bout with Moreno
- The flyweight champ names who he wants to fight instead
Deiveson Figueiredo is about to defend his title against Brandon Moreno in their fourth showdown. However, the reigning champion is now eager to face a different opponent following alleged racist remarks from Team Moreno.
The fight was on “until his team crossed the line”
In a letter addressed to UFC president Dana White on his Instagram post, Figueiredo requested to cancel his quadrilogy fight with Moreno. According to the Brazilian, he never condoned racism and Team Moreno certainly “crossed the line” when it called him a “monkey.”
“Dear @danawhite I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunities that you have given me, my family and my country,” Figueiredo wrote on Instagram. “You know that I would fight anybody, anytime and anywhere. That’s being said, I wanted to fight Brandon Moreno for the 4th time, because I know this is what the fans want.”
“Until his Team crossed the line with racist comments,” he continued. “Calling me a monkey and even going to the extent of photoshopping a monkey’s face on top of mine. You know what I’m talking about @raul_entram When all this happened I went on a campaign to stop racist and prejudice in my city where it is predominately Indians and blacks.”
Figueiredo wants the next in line
Kai Kara-France has broken into the top five after beating Askar Askarov at UFC Columbus. In his octagon interview, “Don’t Blink” expressed his desire to compete for the title in his next fight, something Figueiredo quickly approved.
Now that the champion wants Moreno out of the picture, his eyes are locked on Kara-France.
“As the UFC Champion of the world, I ask you to consider my wish,” Figueiredo added. “I wish to fight the next contender in line @kaikarafrance who has earned his spot. #stoptherasicm #weareone”
The UFC has yet to make an official decision regarding Figueiredo’s request.