Former flyweight champion Henry Cejudo took a look at UFC 283’s flyweight championship fight and gave his thoughts.
As a former UFC flyweight champion and as a person who has trained with Deiveson Figueiredo in the past, Henry Cejudo had a special interest in the UFC 283 co-main event. He was watching on as his friend Figueiredo took the loss to Brandon Moreno, and in turn, lost his belt. This was the fourth meeting between Figueiredo and Moreno and now that chapter of their fight careers is put to rest. Cejud0 has been known as one the best coaches around since he retired from the sport, and he gave his thoughts on what went wrong for his former student.
Henry Cejudo is looking to get back in the Octagon himself as he should be next in line for bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling. In the meantime, he has made a name for himself by training some of the best in the UFC and breaking fights down on his YouTube page. Now he is taking a look at the co-main event of UFC 283.
Henry Cejudo feels that Deiveson Figueiredo may not have recovered fully from his weight cut
Cejudo did not work with Figueiredo in the lead-up to this rematch. He says he only spoke to him a handful of times throughout his camp so he has no real data to go off of but in his opinion, he feels that perhaps the weight cut took more of a toll on him.
“I didn’t get a chance to work with Deiveson this fight and you can see a lot of the flaws that he did have in the fight. I think my biggest issue with Deiveson is the fact that I wasn’t sure if his recovery, if he was recovered as well as he probably should have,” he said, “Sure he made the weight right but did he actually really recover?”
Figueiredo has notoriously had a difficult time cutting down to the flyweight championship limit of 125 pounds. He missed weight once before in 2020 but has since always made the weight. Cejudo is not only questioning the weight cut but the game plan as well.
“This is why you have like a good structure team and having people hold you accountable is key in a world championship fight,” he said. “I wasn’t there, I spoke to him, you know, at least three times before he even competed, like the whole time, pretty much two and a half months that he was prepared for this fight. But if I could go back and tell Deiveson what is it that he should have probably done is the same game plan he did for the third fight, he probably should have done for the fourth.”
Following the loss, Figueiredo announced his intentions of moving up to the bantamweight division. Perhaps he will train with Cejudo again, but now they will both be in the same division, so it could be a conflict of interest.