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Exclusive: “Shake him up” – Santo Curatolo believes he can defeat UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo

Santo Curatolo believes he can defeat Joseph Benavidez

Santo Curatolo isn’t in the UFC yet but he could be the next big name signing for the promotion

Santo Curatolo recently won the Cage Fury FC Flyweight title but he has bigger plans in mind. The 25-year-old has won all five of his professional MMA fights in the first round and is aiming to get into the UFC.

Santo Curatolo believes he will be in the UFC soon
Santo Curatolo seems set to join the UFC soon (Cage Fury Fighting Championships)

Curatolo was certain a call was coming up but didn’t know just when. However, he is confident of getting things done in the UFC and believed he could defeat the current UFC Flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo.

“I watched him fight and he is really stronger than everybody in the division. He has a really, really strong chin. He fights with his hands down and I think he’s too comfortable with that.

“I think I would shake him up, I think I would hit him with really good shots. I think I can beat him, I know I can beat him, I’ll punch the dude right in his face if he keeps his hands down like that.”

Curatolo claimed that Figueiredo would try to target his legs, like everybody else, but he would get the better of the champion.

He was also open to facing Joseph Benavidez but didn’t think he was in a position to choose his next fight.

Santo was willing to fight anyone in the division and at any time, even his training partner.

I’ll fight my brother

Figueiredo will defend his title against Cody Garbrandt. Garbrandt is coming down to the Flyweight division as he looks to pick up gold in another division, and Curatolo spoke about this.

Curatolo and Garbrandt train together but he was willing to even fight his non-existent brother:

“I don’t see a problem with it either. Cody trains over in New Jersey with us, Cody’s a homie but if it comes down to like a UFC title, I’ll fight my own brother even though I don’t have a brother.

“I’ll fight him at that point, we shake hands and that’s it, we fight and we shake hands again like gentlemen, like sportsmen.

“I will fight anybody in the division. If I make friends along the way its cool but I am not here to make friends, I am here to win championships and cement myself as one of the best flyweights in the UFC even.

“You give me the call, I will fight anybody on the roster. Champion, doesn’t matter, contenders, doesn’t matter.”

Raphael Assuncao was knocked out cold by Cody Garbrandt
(L-R) Cody Garbrandt punches Raphael Assuncao of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

While Curatolo is yet to get a UFC contract, he should get a call-up soon. The 25-year-old was keen to feature on the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje card and just felt like this was the perfect card calling him out.

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