Brandon Moreno is the new UFC flyweight king after defeating Deiveson Figueiredo in a highly-anticipated rematch.
It was a back-and-forth war in their first fight, but this time Brandon Moreno dominated Deiveson Figueiredo en route to the third-round submission win.
Moreno put Figueiredo in trouble in the early rounds with a series of hard right hands and calf kicks. Figueiredo was close to landing a few massive blows early on, but Moreno was able to weather the storm.
In Round 2, Figueiredo got close to locking in a guillotine choke before Moreno was able to break free and land some solid body shots to Figueiredo’s upper legs.
Moreno would then continue his momentum into the third round, getting the takedown on Figueiredo and sinking in the rear-naked choke for the win.
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After battling to a majority draw in his last fight against Figueiredo, Moreno exacted his revenge and earned the UFC flyweight belt in an emphatic fashion.
Moreno and Figueiredo fought in arguably the greatest UFC flyweight title bout in the promotion’s history back at UFC 256. It was a five-round war where both men were close to finishing the fight on numerous occasions.
Winning the rematch opens up a window of opportunities for the new champion Moreno. He could grant Figueiredo a trilogy bout down the line or stay active against another UFC flyweight contender. Askar Askarov is more than likely going to get the next title shot after a dominant stretch of wins.
Regardless, Moreno has the opportunity to really build his brand as a UFC champion.