Deiveson Figueiredo is facing a new opponent…
The 32-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist and UFC fighter’s first flyweight title defense won’t come against Cody Garbrandt after all.
Figueiredo (19-1) will face Alex Perez at UFC 255 on November 21 after Garbrandt withdrew from the title fight because of an injury, according to ESPN.
The news was first reported by Combate.
Garbrandt tweeted that he tore his biceps on Monday. “Title shot in 2021,” he said in the tweet.
The fight will mark Figueiredo’s first title defense after he defeated Joseph Benavidez to win the vacant title in July. It was supposed to mark Garbrandt’s flyweight debut. It is unclear how long he will be out, sources said.
Perez (24-5) has won three fights in a row and 11 of his past 12. He most recently defeated Jussier Formiga via first-round TKO in June. Perez has a 6-1 UFC record.