Deiveson Figueiredo to Train With Eric Albarracin in Arizona for UFC 269

By Marcelo Alonso Sep 24, 2021

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship champ Deiveson Figueiredo has finally locked down his next training camp.

After having the door closed by Team Alpha Male, as team staple Cody Garbrandt decided to move down to 125 pounds, Figueiredo decided to make his next camp in Arizona with wrestling coach Eric Albarracin. Figueiredo will be facing Brandon Moreno for the third time in a row in December at UFC 269. The ex-champ’s manager, Wallid Ismail, spoke to Sherdog on Friday about his camp change. “Daico” was originally planning on staying in his home country of Brazil, but he elected to come to the U.S. for two months of his training.

“We are traveling on Oct. 9,” said Ismail. “He will train for almost two months in there. Albarracin has [Henry] Cejudo and his brother there, and a nice group of sparring. Deiveson is also bringing his new nutritionist with him this time.”

Always thinking two steps ahead, Ismail abruptly changed topics from Figueiredo to another one of his fighters, Paulo Costa. He commented that “Borrachinha” is in great shape and focused on his return against Marvin Vettori on Oct. 23. The manager also noted that Costa is paying attention to MMA legends crossing over into boxing, and that the former title challenger might want to get in on the action.

“Those [boxing] events were great,” Ismail admitted. “We have to applaud [Vitor] Belfort and Anderson [Silva]’s standup. When everybody thought they were done, 44 and 46 years old, they reinvented another way to make a lot of money by fighting. Of course, [Costa] would love to fight boxing challenges, but his focus right now is 100% on Vettori and getting the UFC belt. But for sure, in the future, [boxing] is something he would love to do.”

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