Deiveson Figueiredo is the “dirtiest fighter” in the UFC, according to Justin Gaethje, who was responding to the UFC 283 pay-per-view in Rio de Janeiro.
For the fourth time, Figueiredo faced Mexican rival Brandon Moreno in the recently finished pay-per-view. Though Figueiredo delivered a disputed hit to Moreno, Moreno prevailed to reclaim the undisputed UFC flyweight championship.
When the flyweight combo engaged in a wrestling match, “Deus da Guerra” famously struck a grounded Moreno with a blatantly illegal head-kick. This caused Justin Gaethje to tweet:
Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno got into a grappling stalemate near the end of the second round of the UFC 283 co-main event. When Figueiredo struck Moreno in the head, it was clear that he was breaking the law. He was attempting a heel hook.
Moreno raised his hand right away and looked at the official anticipating a response. The doctor stopped the battle before the fourth frame, but “The Assassin Baby” made it to the conclusion of the round and ended it five minutes later.
The unlawful Figueiredo strike wasn’t the only contentious exchange in the fight. In the third round, Moreno connected with a hook that struck Figueiredo in the eye. The Brazilian looked to object and to request a timeout, but the referee chose not to step in since the strike was legal.
With a victory, Moreno put an end to his rivalry with Figueiredo, who is now anticipated to advance to the bantamweight class.
Justin Gaethje believes the Glover Teixeira vs. Jamahal Hill title fight should have been stopped
At UFC 283, Glover Teixeira and Jamahal Hill fought for the vacant light heavyweight title. The 205-pound pair put on a five-round brawl, with Teixeira suffering the majority of the punishment. Teixeira finally lost the fight by unanimous decision against Hill, and Teixeira decided to call it quits.
In the third round of the championship bout, Teixeira was already covered in blood and bruises. Although many were screaming for the bout to be stopped earlier, the 43-year-old Brazilian’s fortitude kept him in the fight until the final bell. On Twitter, Justin Gaethje wrote:
“@JamahalH, hell of a narrative and on short notice. There is probably no finer feeling than what he and his family are experiencing at this moment. #UFC283”
Since his defeat to Charles Oliveira in 2017, Justin Gaethje hasn’t engaged in combat. When he fights Rafael Fiziev in the co-main event of UFC 286 in March, “The Highlight” will want to get back on the winning track.