The former UFC flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo recently confirmed that he will no longer fight Manel Kape at UFC 290 on July 8.
The reason is that the eye injury he suffered in his January fight against Brandon Moreno still bothers him.
“I asked for a fight, told my manager I wanted to fight already, but when he gave me the fight and I talked to my physical therapist and my ophthalmologist, [they said] my eyesight is still not 100 percent, Figueiredo told MMA Fighting podcast Trocação Franca.
“There are days I see things normal, but there are days it’s not OK, especially the days after I train, so they decided I had to go the full six-month [medical suspension] the ophthalmologist gave me [after UFC 283].”
Deiveson Figueiredo wants Kai Kara-France
The former two-time flyweight champion admitted that he wasn’t completely happy to fight No. 9 ranked Manel Kape, but felt he deserved someone higher up the rankings.
“The UFC threw me the No. 9 ranked flyweight, and I don’t understand it, given I’m the No. 1. I hope to fight one of the top-5. I’m in no hurry to recover from my injury. I talked to my manager and asked him to ask the UFC to give me someone in the top 5 and let everybody else fight.”
The Brazilian flyweight named No. 3 ranked Kai Kara-France, who’s booked against Amir Albazi, as a good matchup.
“Kai Kara-France is someone I want to fight but unfortunately he has a fight booked now,” Figueiredo said.