Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Brazilian passion in mixed martial arts can be summed up in three words - Uh vai morrer. Frequently chanted at events, it means, "You will die."

At UFC 255 on November 21, UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo defends vs. #3 ranked bantamweight Cody Garbrandt. "Deus Da Guerra" (God of War) recently posted a video on his social network, in which he says "Hey Cody, motherf***er, I'm going to take your head off, motherf***er."

This is the caption:

"Cody, you think you are going to take my Belt? I go to sleep dreaming of taking your head off!!!! I wake up thinking of knocking you out. My whole day is dedicated to putting you to sleep!!!!"

"No Love" was not impressed.

"You two lemon head mfers need go realize, I’m not trying to sell this fight!" tweeted Garbrandt. "I’m going to f*** him up. Wallid, bring a f***in' body bag so you can carry this golem back to Brazil. Uh vai morrer deez nuts."

Figueiredo, now 32 with a 19-1 record, was contracted to fight Joseph Benavidez for the vacant flyweight belt, in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 27 on February 29. Figueiredo won via TKO in Round 2, but was ineligible for the belt, as he missed the flyweight title fight limit by 2.5 pounds. The rematch took place in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 30 on July 19, and Figueredo put Benavidez to sleep in Round 1, and finally becoming champ.

Garbrandt, 29, lost the bantamweight belt in his first title defense, to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217 on November 4, 2017. Then he lost the immediate rematch ten months later. "No Love" fought just once in 2019, a Round 1 KO loss to  Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235 on March 2, 2019 in the Fight of the Night, pushing is losing stream to three. However, Garbrandt bounced back bigly at UFC 250 on June 6, 2020 with a Performance of the Night winning KO of Raphael Assuncao, with just one second left in Round 2.

And now, one division down, he's got another title shot.