FIGHTER PROFILE: HOLLY HOLM

Holly Holm

Holly Holm is one of MMA’s biggest stars who’s faced some of the biggest names in the sport. Holm who started off as a boxer and transitioned to MMA has produced some of the sports wildest moments including an upset victory against Ronda Rousey. Holm is always training and even at forty is producing some great fights and is second in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division, an impressive feat for any athlete especially in a sport whose athletes have a short shelf life.

Holm was born on October 17, 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father is a Church of Christ preacher and her mother is a massage therapist. Her parents divorced when Holm was in High School. Holm always was an athlete; she competed in gymnastics, swimming and diving. Holm also played soccer when she was younger. When Holm was 16 she was taking an aerobics class and her cardio kickboxing teacher Mike Winkeljohn noticed her abilities and encouraged her to train, which Holm did and was a natural. 


Holm would win the International Rules Adult Women’s Welterweight Division championship at the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) USA National Amateur Championship Tournament. Holm would finish her amateur kickboxing record career with a 6–0–2 record. Holm would then go on to start a professional boxing career. Holm held several boxing world titles and is considered to be one of the best female boxers of all time. Holm finished her boxing career in 2013 while fighting MMA at the same time.


Holm started her MMA career in 2011 when she beat Christina Domke by TKO (leg kicks.) for the Fresquez Productions promotion which was owned by her Boxing Promoter, Lenny Fresquez. From there Holm Would move on to Bellator and then Legacy FC before signing with The UFC. Her first fight in the UFC would be against Raquel Pennington, Holm would win via a split decision. From there she’d face Marion Reneau in July of 2015 she’d win by unanimous decision. Holm would then go on to face Ronda Rousey for the Bantamweight title she’d win by KO (head kick and punches.) In her next fight she’d lose the title to Miesha Tate.

Since losing her title Holm has gone on to face some of the toughest names in the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions including tough loses to Cris Cyborg, Amanda Nunes, and Valentina Schevchenko. She is a great fighter and is currently ranked second in the Bantamweight division and sixth in the women’s pound-for-pound rankings and is riding a two fight win streak with victories against Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana.

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What’s Next For Kayla Harrison?

Harrison after her Lightweight Championship win in October. Photo Courtesy of Cooper Neill / PFL

Kayla Harrison is a free agent as of the conclusion of her dominant performance when she won the 2021 PFL Women’s Lightweight Tournament. She has many options in the MMA world; she could stay at PFL and keep cashing million dollar checks every year. The other option would be the UFC, the world’s biggest promotion for MMA. The other option would be Bellator, it seems like that would probably be the best option for Harrison who’d definitely make an amazing addition to their already great Women’s Featherweight Division.

Harrison has found a nice home at the PFL for the first part of her MMA career. She has won their Lightweight title in back to back seasons. She could definitely stay in the PFL for years on end and she could keep cashing million dollar checks till the cows come home. Harrison has carved out the Women’s Lightweight division in MMA for the PFL it seems like this would be the least likely option even if that’s what Dana White thinks that’s what she should do.

The UFC is a likely landing spot for Harrison. She was sitting close to the UFC Octagon at UFC 268 it is not known if Harrison met with UFC brass at the event. It could be an interesting match for Harrison as the UFC doesn’t have a featherweight division at the moment as Dana White has pretty much killed the division, and there are only three fighters left in the division one of those fighters being the reigning 145 pound Champion, Amanda Nunes. It’d be interesting to see Harrison take on Nunes who she trains with at American Top Team.

The most interesting option would be Bellator. Bellator has an active Featherweight division with many big names she could possibly face. The most obvious fight people would want to see would be Harrison vs. Cris Cyborg it’d be an awesome fight. Other names in that division that’d be interesting to see Harrison fight would be Arlene Blencowe and Cat Zingano. It seems like it’d be a better fit for Harrison; she wouldn’t have to fight her training partner, she’d be in a promotion with an active featherweight division; it seems like a natural fit. It is known that Harrison will be sitting cageside at Bellator 271. It’d be interesting to see if she meets with the promotion.

Harrison has many options in the MMA world. She’ll be a contender no matter what promotion she decides to sign with. MMA fans would love to see her sign with all of these promotions and fight Nunes, Zingano, or Cyborg. We’ll keep you updated on her free agency.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: CRIS CYBORG

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Cyborg with her Bellator Featherweight Belt. Photo Courtesy of Bellator MMA

Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino is one of the most dominant female Mixed Martial artists of all time. Cyborg has held titles in MMA’s four major promotions Bellator, Invicta, Strikeforce, and the UFC making her the first Grandslam Champion of MMA. Cyborg has been an unstoppable force throughout her MMA career and like many of Women’s MMA’s biggest names one of her only losses came at the hands of Women’s MMA GOAT Amanda Nunes. 


Cyborg was born July 9, 1985 in Curitiba, Brazil. Her parents were divorced when Cyborg was born. Her father had alcohol problems. Cyborg started sports very young at age 12 although it wasn’t in a martial art it was handball. Cyborg excelled at the sport and was offered many scholarships to attend local universities. It was while in college that she was discovered by Rudimar Fedrigo, a Chute Boxe Academy trainer. Cyborg then switched to Muay Thai.

Cyborg met her now ex-husband, an MMA fighter named Evangelista Santos on her first day at the Chute Boxe Academy. She said of her relationship and the similar style they both fight with “He totally understands what I’m going through. He’s an experienced fighter and has been around a long time. I may come across something I haven’t seen before and he can talk to me about it and explain it to me. And when I have a problem, he’s very understanding.” 

Cyborg made her MMA debut against  Erica Paes, she would lose by Submission (kneebar.) This would be her only loss for 13 years in her MMA career. She would move on to fight for the Storm Samurai promotion and then would move on to the Elite XC promotion. She’d win both her fights in the promotion including a win against women’s MMA great Shayna Baszler by (TKO)

Cyborg would then move on to Strikeforce in 2009. Cyborg made her debut against Hitomi Akano at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz. Cyborg would win by TKO in the third round, an impressive showing. In her next fight for the promotion Cyborg would win the inaugural Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Championship. Her opponent was Women’s MMA legend and future actor and activist, Gina Carano. She’d defend her title twice more. On her third title defense in Strikeforce she’d test positive for stanozolol after the fight this win would be overturned as a No Contest.

Cyborg would then move on to Invicta the biggest promotion for women in the sport her first fight would be a title eliminator versus Fiona Muxlow. Cyborg would win and get a shot at the Invicta Featherweight title. Cyborg would win against Marloes Coenen and would seize victory by TKO. Cyborg would defend that title three times. 

Cyborg would move on to the UFC and would make her debut for the promotion against Leslie Smith in a catchweight bout at UFC 198. Cyborg would win by TKO(punches) she’d go on to fight Lina Länsberg in another catchweight bout. Cyborg then would fight for the Vacant 145 title. She’d win against Tonya Evinger. She’d defend the belt two more times and would lose it to Amanda Nunes on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232. Nunes has held the belt ever since.

Nunes would fight one more time in the UFC, but would eventually move to Bellator where she would win the Featherweight title. She still holds the Bellator 145 pound strap till this day. She’ll make her next title defense on November 23rd when she faces Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 271. 

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Does Women’s MMA Need More Weight Classes?

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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino Flexes at a weigh in. Photo Courtesy of Buda Mendes and Zuffa LLC

One of the more interesting debates around MMA is whether or not major promotions like the UFC, Bellator, and Invicta should add more women’s divisions. It seems silly that the UFC only has three active women’s divisions when there are eight men’s divisions ranging from flyweight to Heavyweight. Bellator only has two active women’s divisions, flyweight and featherweight. It seems like these Major promotions could add divisions for these fighters. PFL Took an interesting approach carving out a Lightweight Women’s division and it would be interesting to see if the major promotions followed suit. 

Dana White came out and said in 2011 that women would never fight in the UFC. He changed his mind and added multiple Women’s divisions over time. Rhonda Rousey became the UFC’s first female champion and would defend her title against Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157. 

This addition made sense for the promotion. And the UFC knew that there was money to be made with the additions of these fighters. One of the major rivalries between these new fighters was between Meisha Tate and Rousey who made the UFC oodles of money with their rivalry. You could tell that they didn’t like each other very much while they were coaching on the Ultimate fighter. This got fans involved who saw these women who didn’t have the marketing machine behind them in other promotions for the first time. This led to the UFC adding more divisions over time.

If you look at fighters like Brandon Moreno and Francis Ngannou you’d say there’s no way that these two fighters can be Champions in the same sport. Moreno is David to Ngannou’s Goliath. Two very different body types and weight classes, but they’re both amazing fighters. It would seem like Adding more divisions for Women’s MMA would make sense for the UFC if they’re going to have that many weight classes. It would at least make sense to add an Atomweight division and Lightweight division to the UFC.

Kayla Harrison proves that there are many talented fighters beyond the Featherweight division. Harrison has really carved out a new division at 155 pounds that makes sense for bigger stronger women. Maybe the UFC will take notice and add a Lightweight division for these fighters. 

The MMA community was shocked a few years ago when we saw Cris Cyborg sitting in a bathtub crying after a particularly hard weight cut down to 145 pounds. There’s been speculation about how healthy in the long run it is for these athletes to cut copious amounts of weight and that it could lead to problems down the road for fighters in the cage and later in life including further brain damage and damage to other organs. It would make sense in a case like Cyborg’s that it would benefit her to be in a new division other than the 145 pound weight class she currently competes in with Bellator especially when she walks around between 175 and 185 pounds. 

It seems like it would be good for the sport to become more inclusive by adding new weight divisions. It seems like there is a talent pool of bigger and stronger women competing outside of the major promotions. Lets not forget about smaller women too. It definitely would make sense to add an atomweight division in the major promotions. It would grow the sport and that is good for all of these promotions checkbooks and for the athletes a total win win situation.

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5 Odd Fighter Omissions From The JRE MMA Show

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Joe Rogan is the most popular podcast host in the world. His podcast the Joe Rogan Experience was recently bought by Spotify for 100 million. One of the best things about the JRE podcast is the JRE MMA show where Rogan sits with MMA’s biggest stars and talks to them for multiple hours covering an array of fascinating topics from Francis Ngannou talking about life as a child laborer in Africa to Stipe Miocic talking about being a firefighter in his time away from the sport. Last week Rogan sat down with the most dominant Women’s Flyweight champion ever, Valentina Schevchenko. And it makes one think of who are the odd omissions to the JRE MMA show.

5. Daniel Cormier

After his retirement from fighting in 2020 Cormier has filled his days as a UFC broadcaster for ESPN commentating for PPV, Fight Night cards, and on Tuesday Night’s Dana White’s Contender series. When not in the broadcast booth Cormier has his own podcast, but interestingly enough Cormier and Rogan who share the UFC broadcast booth haven’t sat down and done a podcast together. 

4. Amanda Nunes

Rogan has sat down with many notable women’s MMA fighters including Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Schevchenko. But Rogan has not sat down for a podcast with arguably the greatest female MMA fighter of all time Amanda Nunes. Nunes who became the first simultaneous female two division Champion has defended both her belts multiple times and it seems like no one can stop her. Rogan has shown nothing but praise for Amanda Nunes. 

3. Tony Furgeson

One of the most impressive win streaks in MMA history was Tony Furgeson’s 12 fight win streak. Furgeson climbed to the top of the lightweight division during this historic stretch. Ferguson has been cornered by Rogan’s friend Eddie Bravo. They both also have Black Belts Under Bravo. So it seems strange that the two wouldn’t have sat down and done a podcast by now.   Furgeson unfortunately has been on a three fight skid and has taken time off from fighting. Furgeson is currently trading verbal barbs with Conor McGregor on Twitter. It’d be interesting to hear Furgeson and Rogan talk about the fight game

2. The Diaz Brothers

Nate and Nick Diaz both returned to the UFC Octagon in 2021. Unfortunately they both didn’t win, but they both showed why they are fan favorites. Rogan has talked about how enjoys both of the Diaz brothers and their authenticity. Rogan has talked about how ridiculous Nick’s suspension was, and how it was harsh considering that his opponent Anderson Silva tested positive for steroids and got less of a suspension.  Rogan who has been an open champion for marijuana and the drugs positive uses and they’d definitely have an interesting dialogue.

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov has been retired from fighting MMA for about a year now. Nurmagomedov who showed complete dominance in The UFC Octagon with an undefeated record has taken up coaching and has been very successful as a coach. It is no doubt that Rogan and Nurmagomedov would have a fascinating dialogue about fighting and coaching a sport that they both love. Nurmagomedov, whose native tongue is Russian, has said in the past that he would do the podcast if his English got better eventually. It’d be interesting if Rogan got his friend Lex Fridman a native Russian speaker who is also a Brazillian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, who could translate anything that  Nurmagomedov could not express properly. It’d be a fascinating podcast episode.

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What’s next for Valentina Schevchenko?

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Valentina Shevchenko lands a punch on Liz Carmouche. Photo coutesy of Jason Da Silva USA Today Sports

When not putting on amazing performances in the UFC Octagon Valentina Schevchenko has many hobbies including dancing, shooting, and mastering new languages. Schevchenko appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience MMA show last Friday on Spotify. Rogan and Schevchenko’s conversation was very in depth and covered a variety of topics including her training and other aspects that make her tick and contribute to her dominance over the UFC’s Women’s Flyweight division a division Schevchenko has held the title in for three years with six title defenses.

Rogan asked Schevchenko pretty much point blank what was next for her and a possible rematch with Amanda Nunes, a fighter she fought and lost twice before at Bantamweight. Which makes one question what is next for Schevchenko as she’s cleared out her Flyweight division? Is there anyone left for the Bullet? Would a Super fight with Amanda Nunes be worth it for her and the promotion even though Nunes has beat her in their two meetings? The Nunes question is easily answered because not only do UFC fans want to see it happen, but it seems like the second fight between the two fighters was closer than people think which would warrant a rematch. The only person in the MMA world that doesn’t want to see it is Chael Sonnen.

Schevchenko faced Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 in September. She put on a dominant performance against Murphy winning by TKO in the fourth round. Schevchenko outclassed Murphy and has been doing that to every fighter she’s faced. When she faced Jéssica Andrade people wondered how her ground game would hold up and she outgrappled Andrade. Schevchenko is a wrecking machine and it seems like there’s no one left that has an answer to the puzzle on how to beat her much the way Nunes is in the Bantamweight division. 

If Schevchenko stayed in the Flyweight division there are two rematches that I think make sense the first would be against Katlyn Chookagian.  Chookagian is currently ranked second in the Flyweight Division.  Chookagian is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it would make for a great fight. Plus fans love a striker vs. grappler matchup. The rematch that would also make sense is a fight with number one ranked Flyweight Jessica Andrade.  Andrade is coming off a win against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 266. This matchup again would be a striker vs grappler matchup with Andrade holding a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But the tricky thing about Schevchenko is that she can finish someone on the ground too with seven of her 22 wins coming by way of submission.

No matter who is next for Schevchenko, everyone will be watching. Schevchenko is hoping that she will remain champion, and maybe a two Division Champion much like Nunes. We will see how it plays out.

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Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier Officially Announced for UFC 269 on Dec. 11

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The long awaited and previously rumored Lightweight title bout between undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira and number one ranked Lightweight Dustin Poirier. This fight which is scheduled for UFC 269 on December 11th is sure to be a banger. These two are hoping to show their martial arts prowess in the UFC Octagon.

Oliveira who is a UFC veteran is on an impressive nine fight win streak with victories over big names including Tony Furgeson and Michael Chandler. Oliveira has an impressive submission game and has the second most submissions by a lightweight in UFC history, an impressive feat considering the amount of amazing fighters who have competed in this division.  


Poirier is coming off back to back wins against Conor McGregor who he actually lost to his first time fighting the notorious one.  The only loss in Poirier’s career in the last four years was to Khabib Nurmagomedov, the greatest lightweight of all time. Poirier has come back from that loss with a vengeance.

Poirier has business and philanthropic interests. He runs The Good Fight Foundation with his wife, Jolie. In 2020 Poirier received the Forrest Griffin Community award from the UFC for all of his charity work.  Poirier also runs a hot sauce business under the Heatonist brand. ‘Poiriers Louisiana Style’ hot sauce was released in late 2020 with a hotter version being released in mid 2021.

You can donate to The Good Fight Foundation HERE

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FIGHTER PROFILE: ‘ALPHA’ CAT ZINGANO

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 03:   (R-L) Cat Zingano punches Ketlen Vieira of Brazil in their women's bantamweight bout during the UFC 222 event inside T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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One of Bellator MMA’s biggest signings coming out of the UFC is number three ranked featherweight, Cat Zingano. Zingano has made her way across many weight classes in her career fighting some of the top names in women’s MMA. Zingano will hopefully get a title shot soon as she is now 2-0 in the promotion and that division in Bellator is packed with talent and amazing fights that could be made within the division.

Zingano started her combat sports career at age 12 when she started wrestling. Zingano would find this to be a great sport for her to compete in and would compete in the sport until she finished college. Zingano would become a four time All American and national champion. Zingano. After college Zingano found her way into a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym where she gained enough knowledge to start competing in BJJ tournaments. Zingano would go onto win multiple notable tournaments, including the World Championships (Mundials) in Los Angeles and the Rio de Janeiro State Championships in Brazil. 

Zingano Would start competing in MMA shortly after starting her BJJ training. Her first amateur fight would be against Ann Wyborny. Zingano would win by TKO (punches.) She’d go on to win three of her four amateur fights. Zingano decided to go pro and would make her pro debut in June of 2008 Karina Taylor at Ring of Fire 32. She’d win by submission(armbar.) She’d go on to fight in multiple promotions but eventually would end up fighting for Invicta FC where she’d return to Bantamweight.

Eventually Zingano Would find her way to the biggest MMA promotion in the world and would get the honor of fighting in the second Women’s MMA bout in the promotions history. She’d face Miesha Tate and would win by TKO (knees and elbow) becoming the first woman to win by technical knockout in the UFC. She’d go on to win her next fight which happened to be against the greatest woman MMA fighter in history, Amanda Nunes. She’d go on a skid after blowing out her knee when she was supposed to coach season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter. Zingano would end up losing a title bout to Ronda Rousey. 

On August 14, 2019 the UFC announced that Zingano had been cut from the promotion. Two months later it was announced that Zingano had signed to Bellator. Zingano would make her promotional debut 11 months later with a win over Gabby Holloway at UFC 245. In her next fight for the promotion he’d go on to face Olivia Parker and would win by Submission(armbar.) 

Zingano is currently ranked 3rd in the Bellator MMA featherweight rankings and 8th in the Bellator’s Pound for Pound Women’s rankings.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: MIESHA ‘CUPCAKE’ TATE

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Tate lands a kick on Holly Holm. (Photo Courtesy of Zuffa.)

Miesha Tate made her return to the UFC in July of 2021 with a win over Marion Reneau. Tate who is a former UFC and Strikeforce champion has made a career out of amazing risks that definitely paid off none more riskier than making a return to the octagon after five years off. Tate was supposed to fight again on October 16th in a main event against  Ketlen Vieira, unfortunately Tate contracted Covid and is out of the five round bout. But Tate will come back stronger. She’s always been about overcoming obstacles going from living in a trailer behind her gym to being a champion. 

Tate was born on August 18, 1986 to Michelle Tate in Tacoma Washington. Tate was raised by her mother and her husband Robert Schmidt. Tate would attend Franklin Pearce High School, where she’d start her journey towards MMA Gold when she decided to join the wrestling team. Tate would join the boy’s team and would compete for four years and would win the state championship her senior year.  Tate would go on to attend Central Washington University, where she’d join the MMA club after it was pointed out by friends how much she’d enjoy the experience.

Although Tate was weary of starting to fight MMA because of  the sport’s heavy emphasis on punching over just grappling like her love of wrestling and not wanting to get punched Tate would take her first amateur fight in March of 2006, against  Elizabeth Posener. Tate would go on to lose the bout and would say of the experience “I finally realized what I was there to do, and accepted the harsh truth this wasn’t a wrestling match. It was a fight.” Tate would go on to win her next five amateur fights and would end her amateur career with a  5–1 before turning pro.

Tate would go on to start a pro career in MMA. Tate would win her first MMA title by defeating Liz Carreiro at Freestyle Cage Fighting 30 by submission. Tate would defend the title once by submitting, Valerie Coolbaugh. Tate would then move permanently to Strikeforce where she’d become Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship in 2011, when she defeated Marloes Coenen by Submission (arm-triangle choke.) Tate would go on to lose her belt to Ronda Rousey. 

Strikeforce would eventually be bought by the UFC. And with the merger of the two organizations the UFC got all of Strikeforce’s fighters. Tate would go on to lose her UFC debut against Cat Zingano. Oddly enough Tate’s next fight was for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Ronda Rousey as she was a stand in for Zingano as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter the first season to feature women. Tate would lose her championship bout to Rousey, but would eventually win The UFC title against Holly Holm. Tate would unsuccessfully defend the belt against Amanda Nunes who still holds the belt to this day. Tate would step away from competing in the sport after a loss to Raquel Pennington.

In her time away from competing in the sport Tate would get a job as the Vice President of ONE fighting championship in 2018. Tate would also become a mother during this time, but Fighting was in the cards again for Tate who stepped back into the UFC Octagon in July of 2021. Tate is currently ranked eighth in the UFC Bantamweight division.

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Brandon Moreno Vs. Deiveson Figueiredo 3 Announced For UFC 269 on December 11

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Yesterday, September 15, 2021 ESPN MMA reported that a trilogy fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo would take place on December 11th at UFC 269. The fight will be scheduled for five rounds and will be Moreno’s first title defense of the UFC Flyweight Belt against the familiar foe. 

The pair of Flyweights are getting very familiar as they’ve both have only faced each other for the last year in consecutive fights for the UFC Flyweight Championship. In their first fight the judges scored the bout as a unanimous draw with Figueiredo retaining the Flyweight title as a point was deducted in round 3 due to repeated groin strikes in December 2020 at UFC 256. 

The pair met again in June of 2021 at UFC 263 with Moreno winning by submission (rear-naked Choke) in round three. Moreno became the Flyweight Champion that night. Moreno, who was born in Mexico, became the first Mexican UFC champion. That’s quite the feat considering the promotion is almost 28 years old and based in the country right next to Mexico. 

UFC 269 is shaping up to be a great card and will also feature Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena for women’s bantamweight title. Charles Olivera and Dustin Poirier are also rumored to headline the card with Brazil’s Charles Olivera defending his lightweight title against Louisiana’s Poirier.

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