A good trilogy can take years to complete in mixed martial arts. For current UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno (19-5-2), he will complete his in just thirteen months as for a third time, he will face Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1) next Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane. And like many fans, Moreno was just as surprised when he found out a fight against the former champion would be happening so soon after his dominant win over him last June. “Before the UFC offered me Figueiredo for the trilogy. I was just waiting for the next one,” explained Moreno. “But it was about circumstances. Figueiredo was the only one available and the UFC asked me and I said yes.”
After a draw in their first meeting back in December of 2020, Moreno shocked the world in their rematch this past summer winning decisively with a rear naked choke in the third round making him the new UFC flyweight champion. “When you have a fight like my last fight against him, its hard to try to find some new holes in his game. I really believe that I found all his holes in his game.” said Moreno. “But at the same time I know Figueiredo is a former champ, he’s really really tough and right now I know he’s angry. He wants to get the belt back, but I’m ready man.”
With the trend of many fighters in the last few years jumping around divisions, wanting to hold multiple titles so they can be called the Champ-Champ, Moreno is content with staying in his weight class and knows there’s still plenty of work to be done there. “Right now, I’m really focused on the fights in my division,” said Moreno. “But you never know, if I defend my belt like five or six times, I’d want to see a new challenge in my life or maybe before I retire. But right now I’m focused on my belt.”
So, as the Moreno/Figueiredo trilogy will come to an end next weekend in California, Moreno is ready to show the world that what you saw last fight is what you will see every fight and everyone inside and out of his division should take notice. “I want to make a nice show for the people but I want to prove to myself that the last fight was real. It wasn’t luck. I’m not a lucky guy, I’m a hard worker. I feel now that I’m more hungry than ever and ready to defend my title.”
UFC flyweight champion, Brandon Moreno will face Deiveson Figueiredo in the co-main event of UFC 270: Ngannou vs Gane from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on PPV.