Deiveson Figueiredo misses championship weight, is now ineligible to win flyweight title

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Norfolk — Deiveson Figueiredo weighed in at 127.5 lbs. on Friday morning, missing the championship weight limit of 125 lbs. Following the missed weight attempt, Figueiredo declined to attempt to correct the mistake with the allowed one hour he was given.

Joseph Benavidez was the first to weigh-in on Friday and made weight at 124.5 lbs. He looks to capture the vacant flyweight world title for the third time on Saturday.

With Figueiredo missing weight and declining to try to lose the extra 2.5 lbs., it appears that he’s completely diminished his body already. This could also be a chess move by him where he still wants to have a chance at victory on Saturday night, despite not being eligible to win the world title.

The flyweight division has been held in limbo ever since Henry Cejudo defeated TJ Dillashaw back in January of 2019. This is not good news for the division. If Figueiredo does win on Saturday, there will still be no champion for the weight class. The weight class that was once talked about being removed from the UFC all together.

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