Former Manager Wallid Ismail Responds to ‘Shameless Bastard’ Deiveson Figueiredo
Wallid Ismail was initially diplomatic after Deiveson Figueiredo parted ways with the longtime manager to be represented by Vayner Sports, but now he is no longer biting his tongue.
Ismail initially released a brief statement to Sherdog.com wishing Figueiredo “good luck on his career” after the change in representation. However, the manager took exception to an interview in which the flyweight champion told AgFight that Ismail didn’t tell the UFC about his hand injury, nor was he immediately informed about the promotion’s decision to create an interim belt in his absence. That prompted an angry Ismail to break his silence on social media.
“From the beginning I didn't want to speak out so as not to expose Deiveson,” Ismail said. “I had informed Deiveson that the UFC would [create] the interim belt if he couldn't fight until July. The UFC was aware that he was injured. I have conversations with matchmakers informing [them] about the injury. He made a statement in the press saying that he would only like to fight Kai Kara France in October, although I asked him to fight Brandon Moreno again, as this would be the best fight for his career.
“He wants to look for someone to blame for his wrong decisions, I'm just speaking out because, although he apologized to me for lying that he didn't know about the interim belt, now he's back to lying, that I hadn't warned the UFC about his injury. That’s a lack of character.”
Ismail didn’t mince words regarding his feelings toward Figueiredo.
“This vagabond has become a shameless bastard,” he added. “First he lied saying that I hadn't warned him about the interim belt (the bastard told me he didn't care). The bastard apologized to me for lying, now he's telling another lie. You're very naughty, Deiveson. I told the UFC that he was injured and could only fight in October. This bastard asked me to say that.
Kara France and Moreno will meet for the interim flyweight title at UFC 277 on July 30. Figueiredo is expected to face the winner after briefly teasing a move to bantamweight, but a timetable for the champion’s return is currently unclear.
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