Deiveson Figueiredo Says He ‘Closed The Casket’ On What Was Left Of Joseph Benavidez


Deiveson Figueiredo seems to appreciate just how brutal his win over Joseph Benavidez was.

Figueiredo became the new flyweight champion following one of the most one-sided title fights in history at UFC Fight Island 2 this past weekend.

The Brazilian dropped Benavidez three times en route to sinking in the rear naked choke submission that put the bloodied challenger to sleep.

Figueiredo: Benavidez’s Soul Wasn’t In His Body Anymore

Once he knocked Benavidez down the first time, Figueiredo knew exactly how the fight would play out.

“I knew that when I got the first knockdown he’d lose conscience of what was happening inside the cage and I’d be able to do whatever I wanted with him,” Figueiredo told MMA Fighting. “And it happened. I knocked him down three times.

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“His soul wasn’t in his body anymore. And then I took what was left and closed the casket.”

It was a big blow for Benavidez who is now 0-4 in title fights and would suffer his second loss to Figueiredo in the process. However, he doesn’t plan on going out that way as he detailed in the post-fight presser.

“I’m not going out like that,” he added. “Nothing’s guaranteed in this sport for sure, but I’m not going to get another title shot and I don’t want to go out on that, so I just want to go out with another fight and after that, there’s nothing else for me to do.

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“I’m not going to beat 10 guys again. I know that was my last title shot. Like I said, I don’t want to go out on that.”

What do you make of Figueiredo’s comments?