Francisco Figueiredo


Gets new opponent for May fight
April 12, 2021
Figueiredo will fight JP Buys on May 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Figueiredo was originally scheduled to fight Jimmy Flick, but Flick announced his retirement Saturday. Buys will enter the Octagon as Flick's replacement. Figueiredo secured a unanimous decision victory over Jerome Rivera during his UFC debut in January. Buys lost his UFC debut in March via TKO to Bruno Silva.
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Needs new opponent
April 11, 2021
Figueiredo needs a new opponent for his scheduled fight at the UFC event on May 8 after his original opponent, Jimmy Flick, announced his retirement Saturday, Mike Heck of MMA Fighting reports.
Figueiredo won his UFC debut in January and was anticipating another opportunity in May until Flick unexpectedly announced his retirement from mixed martial arts Saturday, saying that the UFC is not his dream anymore. It's unclear what the promotion plans to do with this fight as they have yet to make a comment on Flick's retirement.
Draws Flick in May
March 2, 2021
Figueiredo will take on Jimmy Flick in a flyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for May 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Figueiredo made his UFC debut with a unanimous decision victory over Jerome Rivera in January, and will look to build on that momentum in a matchup against "The Brick." Figueiredo has only been submitted once in 17 professional fights, but he'll need to keep his guard up against Flick, who has earned 14 of his 16 pro wins via submission. Figueiredo holds a one-inch reach advantage, but Flick is an inch taller.
Control time leads to win
January 20, 2021
Figueiredo defeated Jerome Rivera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
After a bit of a feeling out process to open the fight, Figueiredo was able to execute a takedown, though Rivera held his composure and limited the damage. He likely took Round 1 due largely to control time, and started off the second frame with another takedown in the first minute. That didn't mean smooth sailing, however, as he did eat a few shots from Rivera on his back. After racking up more control time, the two were back on the feet with two minutes left in Round 2. Entering the third round likely up 2-0, Figueiredo went to the clinch and recorded another takedown a minute in. He didn't control for long and the two were back to the feet. Still, Figueiredo racked up control time in the clinch for the better part of the remainder of the fight. Figueiredo dangerously started to eat some shots in the final minute, but ultimately held off the final charge.
Debut fight targeted
December 3, 2020
Figueiredo is in line to make his UFC debut in a flyweight matchup against Jerome Rivera at an event scheduled for Fight Island on Jan. 20, Ana Hissa of Combate reports.
Figueiredo was signed by the UFC less than a week ago and it already appears he has a matchup scheduled, though it's worth noting that Rivera had previously been tied to a matchup against Ode Osbourne in January. The UFC seems to be forming its schedule for a return trip to Abu Dhabi to begin 2020, and the featuring the brother of current flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo is part of those plans. Rivera is a relative newcomer to the UFC himself, as he earned a contract via Contender Series but dropped his official debut to Tyson Nam this past September.
Signs with UFC
November 27, 2020
Figueiredo signed a contract with the UFC on Friday, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
A fight date for Figueiredo's debut with the promotion hasn't yet been determined, although the UFC is reportedly targeting a date in early 2021. The 31-year-old is the brother of flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo, and he most recently fought in September of 2019, when he fought to a draw via unanimous decision against Eduardo Souza at Jungle Fight 95.