With newly-minted UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno saying he wants a new challenge and potential opponents like Cody Garbrandt, Alex Perez, and Alexandre Pantoja waiting in the wings, former champion Deiveson Figueiredo has shot his shot and says that he wants his belt back:
In an Instagram video posted by MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, Figueiredo and his manager Wallid Ismail can be heard saying “Hey Ariel, I want the triology against Brandon Moreno. Triology man.”
It can be recalled that Figueiredo lost the UFC flyweight title to Moreno at the co-main event of UFC 263 last June 12th in Arizona. In that bout, Moreno dominated Figueiredo from start to finish, submitting the Brazilian in the third round of their title fight via rear-naked choke.
Prior to that fight, Figueiredo and Moreno fought to a majority draw at UFC 256 last December 12th. That bout came just three weeks after Figueiredo successfully defended his belt for the first time against Alex Perez at UFC 255. Figueiredo made history when he became the first UFC champion to headline consecutive numbered events at UFC 255 and 256.
But while Figueiredo had looked scary good since winning the belt, he was flat during the rematch, possibly due to weight cutting issues. Moreno was first to the draw in that bout and repeatedly tagged and hurt the Brazilian before finishing him for good
First UFC Champion from Mexico
By beating Figueiredo, Moreno became the first fighter from Mexico to win a UFC belt. He is also one of the biggest success stories of 2021 as he has risen from the ashes to become the man on top of the mountain in the UFC’s flyweight division.
The 27-year old Moreno won the flyweight title at the World Fighting Federation and successfully defended the belt three times before getting signed by the UFC in 2016. But after winning his first three bouts, Moreno lost back-to-back bouts against Sergio Pettis and Alexandre Pantoja and was cut by the promotion in 2018. But instead of folding, he worked his way back to the top.
Moreno won the LFA flyweight championship in his next fight and earned a return trip to the UFC. He drew with Askar Askarov in his first Octagon bout back and then won three consecutive bouts to earn a crack at the UFC flyweight belt held by Figueiredo. They fought to a disputed draw last December and a rematch was held last June, which Moreno won.
While Moreno has yet to be booked to a fight, it remains to be seen if the UFC will book an immediate third fight between these two, considering how decisively Moreno won and how Figueiredo struggled to make weight during the rematch. Will we be betting on these two UFC flyweights soon? Stay updated here to find out.
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