Deiveson Figueiredo Withdraws From Manel Kape Fight At UFC 290

Former flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo won’t be fighting Manel Kape at UFC 290 on July 8th in Las Vegas after all as he’s now pulled out of the match-up due to still having vision issues related to an eye injury he suffered in his last bout against Brandon Moreno.

“I’m still injured,” Figueiredo told Trocação Franca. “I asked for a fight, told my manager I wanted to fight already, but when he gave me the fight and I talked to my physical therapist and my ophthalmologist, [they said] my eyesight is still not 100 percent. There are days I see things normal, but there are days it’s not OK, especially the days after I train, so they decided I had to go the full six-month [medical suspension] the ophthalmologist gave me [after UFC 283].”

Figueiredo also expressed his dissatisfaction with the match-up he’d been given against the No.9 ranked Kape, who is currently on a three-fight winning streak in the division.

“I admit I didn’t understand it,” Figueiredo said. “The UFC threw me the No. 9 ranked flyweight, and I don’t understand it, given I’m the No. 1. I hope to fight one of the top-5 [flyweights]. I’m in no hurry to recover from my injury. I talked to my manager and asked him to ask the UFC to give me someone in the top 5 and let everybody else fight.”

As for who he’d like to fight when he’s back to full fitness, Figueiredo suggested either the No.3 ranked Kai Kara-France or No.4 placed Brandon Royval as potential options.

“Kai Kara-France is someone I want to fight but unfortunately he has a fight booked now,” Figueiredo said. “And there’s also the guy that knocked out Matheus Nicolau [Brandon Royval], another great guy to fight me. I hope the UFC gives me one of those guys to fight me. I think I deserve it. I’m not asking for a title shot, I’m asking for someone in the top 5.”

At this stage it’s not clear if the UFC will keep Kape on the UFC 290 card against a new opponent, but they still have plenty of time to arrange it if they do, with the show during International Fight Week in Las Vegas still being several months away.

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