Deiveson Figueiredo put in the work as 2020 wound down, and it has elevated him in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings — a small boost with huge symbolic significance.

Figueiredo, who became UFC men’s flyweight champion in July with a choke-out victory over longtime contender Joseph Benavidez, defended his belt on Nov. 21 and made quick work of it, submitting Alex Perez in less than two minutes.

Then, before the evening was over, the Brazilian agreed to make a second title defense just three weeks later, a record turnaround for a UFC champ.

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