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UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez: Post-Fight Reactions from Fighters

LockerRoom Team
19 July 2020

UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs Benavidez 2 is in the books and Deiveson Figueiredo was crowned the new UFC Flyweight Champion.

Apart from Figueiredo, the likes of Jack Hermansson, Rafael Fiziev, Ariane Lipski and Askar Askarov also picked up wins on the main card. Here is a look at what the winners had to say after their respective wins.

Deiveson Figueiredo:

“The fight was the fight of the night. I said I was going to break Benavidez and that’s exactly what I did. I gave him his first submission on his record and the fight itself was a great show, I gave everyone a show. He didn’t surprise me at all tonight, I actually thought he was a little bit slower than in the last fight. I didn’t tell anyone about this, but I’m much quicker now and I have much more ability with counter striking.

I’m available for whoever the UFC wants to put in front of me, anyone at my level, but you have to be at my level because I’m a knockout artist, I’m going to knock you out. I’m going home tomorrow and we’re going to start celebrating with all Brazilians on the flight back and as soon as I land in Brazil everyone is going to be taking pictures and congratulating me, so it’s going to be a great party.”

Jack Hermansson:

“First round finish, what more can you wish more? Obviously it was a mistake for him. I’m very dangerous n the ground. I think that he is comfortable with his top game, but people know how much I have from the ground because I’m not so much on my back in my fights, almost never, so people don’t know how dangerous of a game I have from there. Now they have a clue, they don’t know everything.

That’s my goal, that’s why I do this, I want a title shot. It went perfect, first round finish, that’s what I want. I’m always satisfied if I get the finish. If I don’t get the finish, I’m not always satisfied, but now it’s not only a victory, it’s a finish in the first round, so I’m happy with that. I didn’t think too much, I just did as I do in practice. I tried to stay aggressive and work for the submissions. We knew, we prepared for him posting up in the tripod position. Did you see that? That’s something that we worked for, so I knew that he was going to do that.”

Rafael Fiziev:

“I’m happy with the win, I’m happy for my second win in the UFC. Just happy, you know? Thank you for my opponent, for this perfect fight. I have a plan to break his heart, break his body and show perfect technique, show what I know, you know? I hope people like it.

We always have plans, but God knows more what we need. I’m happy for everything, I’m just waiting for my next opponent. I hope I have no serious injuries and I hope before the new year I come back again”

Ariana Lipski:

“I was very confident, we studied her game, so we knew we would have to pressure her. If it got to the ground, she would try to put me in the guard because she has a good guard. I was very confident on the ground and I was training very hard the leg lock and the foot lock too. I feel very, very happy. I was very, very confident for the fight. I was went to the Octagon and just enjoyed and did my best. I have much more to show, I just want to get back as soon as possible.

I’ll look to the ranks, so I don’t have a name, I have to talk to my head coach and to my manager to think how is the best option, and to look for the rank. I have no injuries, I’m healthy, I’m young and I’m hungry, very hungry for more victories. The fight was amazing, I was very confident. I wanted to win this fight by KO, but I was confident that if the fight went to the ground that I would submit her in the first round.”

Askar Askarov:

“I will take everyone down in my way and I will get the belt”

Also Read: UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 – Figueiredo wins Flyweight title

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