The return of the UFC to Texas is set to happen at UFC Austin, touted by many as one of the standout fight nights of the year. Scheduled for December 2, it positions itself as the third-to-last UFC event of the year. The action-packed card is set to unfold at the Moody Arena in Austin, Texas.
Earlier this year, Rob Font expressed his desire to welcome Deiveson Figueiredo to the UFC bantamweight division. Now, his wish has come true as Font (20-7 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Figueiredo (21-3-1 MMA, 10-3-1 UFC) are scheduled to face off in a 135-pound bout. At 36 years old, Font presently holds the seventh spot in the official UFC bantamweight rankings, having faced setbacks in three of his last four fights.
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In his most recent outing, Font accepted a short-notice 140-pound catchweight bout against Cory Sandhagen, losing by unanimous decision in a five-round headliner on August 5. Before that, Font broke a two-fight losing streak with a first-round TKO victory over Adrian Yanez at UFC 287 in April.
At 35, Figueiredo is transitioning from a flyweight title-fight tetralogy, having squared off against Brandon Moreno in four consecutive bouts since December 2020. Figueiredo’s record in these four encounters stands at 1-2-1, with his most recent outcome being a third-round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss in January at UFC 283.
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Rob Font vs. Deiveson Figueiredo prediction
This is a classic striker vs. wrestler contest. Rob Font uses an orthodox style of striking in his game. Figueiredo’s optimal strategy would involve attempting to bring the fight to the ground. This approach may showcase a reenergized Figueiredo, especially given the absence of a significant weight cut. Font should leverage his reach and height advantage to keep the former champion at a distance.
While Font possesses superior technical and striking skills, Figueiredo holds the power advantage. Even if Figueiredo struggles to land a significant blow to trouble Font, his agility will allow him to pose a threat with takedown attempts and close the distance, making it challenging for Font to rely on his trademark jab.
Both of these individuals possess sufficient resilience to withstand whatever challenges come their way, whether the outcome unfolds as a full-fledged war or a strategic battle.