December 2nd, he'll get to do just that. Font (20-7 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Figueiredo (21-3-1 MMA, 10-3-1 UFC) are set to clash at the Moody Center in Austin Texas on UFC Fight Night: Dariush vs Tsakuyan.
“I’d love to introduce him to the 135 division,” Font told reporters after UFC 287. “I think that’d be a fun fight. I think I like fighting big names. I definitely don’t want to fight backward, but I think me and him could definitely be a great fight.”
Figueiredo, 35, will be coming off a flyweight title-fight loss to Brandon Moreno. The 2 had been scheduled to fight five consecutive times since December 2020. Figueiredo went 1-2-1 in those contests, most recently losing by third-round doctor’s stoppage at UFC 283: Teixeira vs Hill
Font, 36, is ranked No. 7 in the UFC bantamweight rankings after coming off a loss to Cory Sandhagen by unanimous decision in a five-round main-event, which Font took on short notice. Font has lost 3 of his last 4 fights and win over a former champion could be exactly what he needs to get back in title contention.
Figueiredo has talked about competing at bantamweight since the loss to Moreno and will finally make the move as the title quest at flyweight seems to come to a close.