At UFC 277, Deiveson Figueiredo entered the cage to face Brandon Moreno, who would likely be his next opponent. According to promotion president Dana White, this wasn’t the initial plan.
Broadcast cameras swung to Figueiredo when the talk turned to him during Moreno’s post-fight interview with Joe Rogan in the cage, and he immediately moved down the aisle toward the opening in the safety barricades.
Security personnel from the UFC originally stepped in, but then a spontaneous green light was given to let Figueiredo into the cage. The battle began with a taste of animosity and ferocity. In case things went out of hand, security personnel, commission representatives, and fighter operations staff were present in the cage, but this was not necessary.
Dana White Talks Deiveson Figueiredo
“It was kind of an in-the-moment thing,” White told MMA Junkie and other reporters at a post-fight news conference. “Then, when he got up there, I was like, ‘Well, that was f*cking rude.’ This kid was having his moment and you’ve got Figueiredo standing in his face. It happened. It wasn’t horrible. We meant no disrespect to Moreno, but it came off pretty disrespectful.”
“(We could book it) 10 times,” White said. “It’s one of those unique, freaky deals where who doesn’t want to see that fight again? I’m the worst with that sh*t. I hate that stuff. If you’ve got a guy who is up 2-1 or whatever, you don’t ever need to see that fight again – ever. But this is just one of those weird ones where you can.”
Transcription courtesy of MMAJunkie