The future of the UFC flyweight division seems uncertain right now, but that won’t stop the company from booking more flyweight bouts.
Jussier Formiga, ranked No. 1 in the 125-pound weight class, is set to face off against fellow Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC Nashville on March 23, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. Combate first reported the news.
Formiga (22-5) got to the top of the flyweight rankings after winning three in a row, submitting Ulka Sasaki and Ben Nguyen before scoring a decision win over Sergio Pettis in October. Formiga expected to be next in line for the gold, but the UFC opted to give T.J. Dillashaw a shot at the 125-pound belt instead.
Figueiredo (15-0) is 4-0 in the Octagon, including stoppages over John Moraga, Joseph Morales and Marco Antonio Beltran. “Deus da Guerra” was scheduled to face Joseph Benavidez at UFC 233, but wouldn’t be ready to fight a week before, at UFC Brooklyn, after the promotion cancelled the Jan. 26 event.
The UFC Fight Night card, which airs on ESPN+, features Stephen Thompson vs. Anthony Pettis in a welterweight main event at the Bridgestone Arena.