Petr Yan attempting to take advantage of Deiveson Figueiredo being unhappy at 125lbs

According to Chael Sonnen, Petr Yan is trying to take advantage of Deiveson Figueiredo’s dissatisfaction with current flyweight events. Sonnen also pointed out that the Brazilian struggled to reach the 125lb weight limit. All of this led to him hinting at jumping into the 135-pound division.

This is where Petr Yan comes in. No Mercy issued an open appeal to the top of the division with no response from anyone. It resulted in the Russian calling Figueiredo to get a fight, even if it meant rushing the reigning flyweight champion to make the switch.

In a recent edition of its YouTube show Beyond The Fight, The American Gangster said that when a champion is named, it is assumed the caller is fighting for a title fight. This time, however, that may not be the case:

“Yan may have followed that Figueiredo is considering leaving the weight class. Yan may have done the math to know Figueiredo will go straight into a meaningful shot, but possibly not into a world title fight. And maybe Yan wanted to be the one to greet him. Look, I have to tell you, this is a great match. It’s a really great match.”

Watch Chael Sonnen talk about Yan and Figueiredo in the video below:

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Chael Sonnen on Deiveson Figueiredo’s ultimatum to the UFC

The Oregon native opened up about the Brazilian’s status ahead of the upcoming interim title match between Kai Kara-France and Brandon Moreno at UFC 277. The title was introduced due to the champion’s finger injury which sidelined him until the last quarter of the year. ‘Deus da Guerra’ announced he is ready to leave the division to express his displeasure at a provisional title.

In response, Chael Sonnen said:

“Obviously if I had my preference I would love new matchups. So he threatens to give us what we want. He is in a new way. Just hold onto the thought because I think he’s joking. I think he’s joking. He threatens to give us what we would obviously prefer. You take every fighter in every weight class that we would love if you put them in a new division with all the fresh pairings. We would love that. So he threatens to give us, which it’s obvious we’d prefer.”

Figueiredo went so far as to call the subtitle “Plastic”. He also mentioned a potential jump on a few occasions, backed up by his demands for higher pay to stay at flyweight.

Watch Chael Sonnen’s video about Figueiredo below:

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