Deiveson Figueiredo has no publicized animosity with T.J. Dillashaw, so there is no reason to believe that he takes pleasure in T.J. Dillashaw’s career being upended, but the #4-ranked flyweight openly confesses that he is happy because of what this upending opens up for his own career:
“The rematch between Dillashaw and Cejudo won’t happen anytime soon after the news that he tested positive, so that helps me a lot,” Figueiredo told MMA Fighting. “To me, a win over Formiga will definitely put me in a title fight against Cejudo.”
Dana White, Henry Cejudo, and T.J. Dillashaw were all on board for a rematch between Cejudo and Dillashaw after Cejudo’s first round TKO of Dillashaw at UFC on ESPN+ 1. And had that fight been booked, all the flyweights and bantamweights awaiting title-shot opportunities would have continued to do just that: wait. But now that T.J. Dillashaw has reportedly been suspended by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) for one year due to failing a USADA-administered drug test, that wait just became a lot shorter, and Deiveson Figueiredo’s path to gold a lot clearer:
“If (Cejudo) really doesn’t want to fight (at flyweight) anymore, that opens space for a new title fight,” Figueiredo continued. “That opens a huge gap for a new championship fight. I’m happy with those news, man.”
In light of T.J. Dillashaw’s suspension, do you believe Deiveson Figueiredo will earn a flyweight title shot in 2019?