Now two months removed from the fight, Moreno seems ready to run things back. As for a prediction for the Moreno fight, “I think I’m going to destroy him,” said Figueiredo, adding that he believes he’s “going to break” his new challenger. Moreno took back the momentum a bit switching back to orthodox even with the compromised left leg. Figueiredo apparently felt like he was winning because he took his foot off the gas a bit and did not attack the calf kick as much.
The 34-year-old flyweight might be a bit reluctant to get to the canvas after Moreno surprisingly submitted him last time out. He submitted Alex Perez and Joseph Benavidez in consecutive fights in 2020 for the belt. Top contenders Askar Askarov and Alexandre Pantoja were logical contenders. But when the UFC came calling, both were injured and unable to compete. So the UFC went back to Figueiredo, who accepted immediately.
These are two fighters who are similar in talent level, and there won’t be any surprises with this being the third straight meeting. Now that Moreno is the flyweight champion, he champ appears extra focused ahead of his massive trilogy with Figueiredo. It’s arguably one of the biggest trilogies in UFC history and the first of its kind in the flyweight division.
Lastly, Moreno has extremely impressive cardio that is a foundational attribute for him maintaining speed and a battle-tested chin inside the octagon. The former flyweight champion reclaimed his throne with a unanimous decision win over Brandon Moreno in the co-main event of UFC 270 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Saturday night. The co-main event of UFC 270 sees the trilogy fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo go down in what will most likely be the very last fight between them. The UFC flyweights fought to a draw in December 2020 and Brandon Moreno won by submission in June 2021. It’s safe to say they know each other very well and the third fight could very well be the most exciting fight between them.
Figueiredo has been on a roll since getting to the top of the division. He knocked Benavidez out in the fight that he missed weight for last year and then came back to make weight and submit him in the first round of the rematch a couple of months later. He then successfully defended his belt for first time against Alex Perez at UFC 255. Use the AllStar’s directory to find the best sportsbooks and recommendations on where to place UFC bets online. If you just want to play for fun, head over to our Fantasy UFC picks app to make your fight predictions for Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo totally FREE.
And I believe that the eventual line movement (closed +150) resulted from Figueiredo’s obvious weight cut issues. Since we have a significant octagon sample between these two fighters, all analysts have to decide how to weigh the first and the second fights before the third fight since the two bouts played out so differently. Moreno (19-5-2) and Figueiredo (20-2-1) first went to war at UFC 256 back in late 2020.
Still, in hindsight, it seemed like the champ had done enough to cover his -235 price tag after rallying to win the fifth round (16-8 on significant strikes) despite an earlier point deduction. Figueiredo went through a challenging weight cut before the second fight and looked like a complete shell of himself, so it’s encouraging that he made weight with easy on Friday morning. I expect to see a much better version of “Deus Da Guerra” this time around. The fifth and final round saw Moreno burst out of the gate with a beautiful takedown.
We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL USA. Great lineup awaits us this Saturday night at UFC 270, where one of the main dishes will be the clash between Mexican Brandon Moreno and Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo. It should be noted that tonight’s headlining fight is not Figueiredo vs Moreno, but Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane, who will be battling for the UFC 2022 Heavyweight Championship.