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Although his fourth and final trip to the Octagon of the calendar year didn't end with the same finality as his first three, UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo did a tremendous job marking 2020 as his own. 

The 32-year-old Figueiredo (20-1-1) was a respected figure among hardcore fans of the 125-pound division entering the year but was far from a household name. Three stoppage wins, an all-action draw against Brandon Moreno last Saturday and Figueiredo becoming the king of all flyweights later, we now have a frontrunner for fighter of the year. 

The fact that Figueiredo, a native of Brazil, was even able to hold off Moreno at UFC 256 and be the fresher fighter in the fifth round was an amazing testament to his intangibles. Moreno was twice hospitalized for food poisoning in the final 24 hours before the fight took place and spent all five rounds throwing exhaustive finishing blows. 

That has been the key for Figueiredo throughout this eye-opening journey, the fact that at every turn of difficulty -- from issues making weight to Moreno dragging him into the deepest of waters -- the champion has proved able to overcome. 

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Figueiredo's quick turnaround of two main event slots atop pay-per-view cards just three weeks apart gave the division every possible chance to prove its worthiness in the aftermath of former champion Henry Cejudo's abrupt retirement. This was a division two years ago that was openly talked about being dissolved, yet now has proven in a short matter of time to be among the sport's most exciting at the highest level. 

A big credit for that should go to Figueiredo's swagger and his willingness to play the role of badass as the division's face. But his sustained success wouldn't have been possible if not for his pound-for-pound ranked pedigree, which allowed him to make major moves within the top 10 with each title fight. 

In victories over Joseph Benavidez (twice) and Alex Perez, just as he did in the Moreno fight, Figueiredo proved that his ground game is as dangerous as his standup. He also proved his toughness, world-class stamina and a desire to shine when the lights are the brightest. 

The flyweight division has a new sheriff and one, if the Moreno fight is an indication, shouldn't expect a gimme fight from here on out. But the P4P rankings seems to have found a new major player just the same.                

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