Fighter Profile: Askar Askarov

One of the most promising UFC Men’s Flyweights is Dagestan’s Askar Askarov. The Russian has an impressive 14-1-1 record with his only loss coming in his last bout against top level Flyweight Kai Kara-France. The only other blemish on his record is a draw, but we’ll get into that later on. Askarov has seen Flyweight gold in his career already and hopes to one day see UFC gold, and he is currently ranked fourth in the UFC Flyweight division. 

Askarov was born on October 9 1992 in the village of Kamysh-Kutan in the Akhvakhsky District of Dagestan. Askarov is an International Master of Sports of Russia in Freestyle Wrestling and Combat Sambo. Askarov is deaf and only hears 20% of the sounds most people can. He has won gold in the Deaflympics. Askarov’s handicap made it very hard for him to fight as most fighters have the helping hand of a coach in their corner, Askarov can’t hear his corner when he fights. Still this has not stopped him from having a spectacular MMA career thus far.

 Askarov made his professional debut against Shamil Amirov in July of 2013. Askarov would win the bout via Submission (rear-naked Choke.) He’d then face Kvanzhakov Kantemir winning the bout by TKO (punches.) Elvin Abbasov would be next for Askarov he’d win the fight via Submission (armbar.) He would then join Absolute Championship Berkut after a TKO victory over Vakha Kadyrov. He’d win his first four fights in the ABC promotion before fighting for and winning the ACB Flyweight Championship against . José Maria Tomé. He’d defend that belt a few times before going to the UFC.

Askarov would make his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 159 Rodriguez vs. Stephens in September of 2019. His opponent would be Brandon Moreno, but unfortunately the fight would end in a draw. He’d then fight Tim Elliott he would win this fight via Unanimous Decision. Alexandre Pantoja would be next for Askarov, he’d win the fight again by unanimous decision. Askarov would next face off against Joseph Benavidez; he’d win that contest before losing in his next outing to Kai Kara France.

Askarov is set to face off against Brandon Royval in October at the UFC Apex. We wish Askarov luck.

UFC 277 Preview

The UFC is having two interesting PPV cards this month with the second coming up at the end of the month headlined by the rematch of Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Peña at UFC 277 for the UFC Bantamweight title. The card also features other great bouts including a matchup between Light Heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev and MMA veteran Anthony Smith.  Heavyweight Derrick Lewis will also be fighting in a bout with Sergei Pavlovich. The Co-Main event will be a matchup between former Men’s Flyweight champion Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France.

A bout between Light Heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev and Anthony Smith is the first fight we’re excited for. Smith who has been fighting MMA for almost a decade and a half has compiled a career 36-16 record and is riding a three fight win streak since going through his last rough patch where he lost three out of four fights. He will be facing Magomed Ankalaev who came into the UFC in 2018 and since losing his promotional debut has not lost since with an amazing 17-1 record. Ankalaev hails from Dagestan and is a wrestler and a master of sport in combat Sambo.

Knockout artist Derrick Lewis will be facing off against Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 277. Lewis who is one of the most active fighters, lost in his last outing when he faced off against Tai Tuivasa at UFC 271. Lewis who hails from Houston is an interesting case as he doesn’t care about titles or glory he cares about knockouts and getting paid and going back to his property and his cars and living peacefully. Lewis is an entertainer and he looks to add to add to his knockout count when he stands across the Octagon against Pavlovich. Pavlovich is a talented wrestler who has heavy hands, with 12 of his 15 wins coming by way of knockout. 

The Co-Main Event at UFC 277 is a matchup between former Men’s Flyweight champion Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France. Moreno is coming off his title fight against Deiveson Figueiredo where he lost his belt to Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo. Moreno has an odd looking 19-6-2 record. Kara-France is a formidable opponent for Moreno in his last outing Kara-France beat a then undefeated Askar Askarov. Before that he had a great TKO victory over former Champion Cody Garbrandt. Kara-France hopes to beat another former UFC Champion.

The biggest upset in the MMA world was when Julianna Peña shocked the world and took the Bantamweight title from Amanda Nunes. The pair which are coaches on the Ultimate Fighter will face off again for the Bantamweight title at UFC 277. Nunes is still a favorite on every sports book for the rematch but not as heavy a favorite as she was in the last fight, where Peña showed everyone what a puncher’s chance really means.

Peña did everything she said she was going to do to Nunes, proving that she is a fierce opponent worthy of taking on any fighter in the division. Nunes, who holds her Black Belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu and can throw her heavy hands, successfully defended the Bantamweight belt five times and won the Featherweight title in the process of defending that belt twice. We shall see if she regains the Bantamweight belt next from current champ Peña.

Fighter Profile: Brandon Moreno

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Brandon Moreno lost his belt at UFC 270, but he did make history last year becoming the first Mexican UFC Champion in any weight class. Moreno made a valiant effort trying to retain his belt and some said he may have won the fight and the Judges were wrong. Moreno has a heart of gold and we think their a great case for a fourth fight between Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo 

Moreno was born on December 7, 1993 in Tijuana Mexico. His family owned a piñata business.  Moreno Decided at age 12 that he needed a change in his life and his mother signed him up for an MMA gym to help him with this mission. Moreno wanted to be a lawyer, but loved training MMA so much that he decided that this would be something he would pursue full time, and he did just that.

Moreno made his MMA debut against Atiq Jihad. He’d win the fight by Submission (Triangle Choke) in April of 2011. He’d then take a loss against  Marco Beristain Castillo in June of that same year. Moreno would then face Luis Garcia in January 2012 winning by Submission (Armbar) he’d then fight Ron Scolesdang losing by Unanimous decision moving his record to 2-2. He’d win his next four fights before fighting C.J. Soliven for the vacant WFF Flyweight Championship. He’d win the fight and thus the title by Submission (Rear-naked Choke.) He’d defend that belt three times. Before being cast on The Ultimate Fighter.

On the show Moreno lost to Alexandre Pantoja by Submission (Rear-naked Choke.) He made his real UFC debut on October 1, 2016 when he faced off against Louis Smolka winning by Submission (Guillotine Choke.) He’d then face Ryan Benoit who he’d beat by Split Decision. He’d get his third victory with the promotion when he faced Dustin Ortiz winning by Technical Submission (rear-naked choke.) He’d then drop two in a row to Sergio Pettis and Alexandre Pantoja. He’d then score a victory against Maikel Pérez winning by TKO (Punches.)

 The next fight for Moreno was a Draw against Askar Askarov. He’d then win three in a row landing him in a title fight against  Deiveson Figueiredo.  Figueiredo was deducted one point in round three due to repeated groin strikes and the fight ended in a draw. He’d then fight Figueiredo again at UFC 263 which he would win by Submission (Rear-naked Choke) becoming the First Mexican UFC Champion. The UFC would give Figueiredo an immediate rematch and Unfortunately Moreno would lose the Belt to Figueiredo. Now they might fight a fourth fight to finish this odd series of events.

Fighter Profile: Deivison Figueiredo

Deiveson Figueiredo beat Brandon Moreno at UFC 270.
Deiveson Figueiredo beat Brandon Moreno at UFC 270.
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Deivison Figueiredo put on a great fight at UFC 270 when he became a two time UFC Flyweight Champion facing Brandon Moreno in the UFC Octagon. The Brazillian who has been fighting professionally since 2012 has amazing Jiu Jitsu.  Figueiredo has sort of completed his trilogy with Moreno with many wondering if a fourth fight is in order. We’d love to see that fight, but first we think we should go back and look at the two time Flyweight King’s career.

Figueiredo was born on December 18, 1987 in Soure, Pará, Brazil. His Father competed and practiced in luta marajoara, a local folk wrestling style. At age nine he started wrestling. He’d eventually move to the city for High School and he’d start training in capoeira. At sixteen he started training MMA which was a turning point for Figueiredo as he now knew he’d like to train and pursue MMA.

Figueiredo made his MMA debut on February 17, 2012 against Aluisio Ferreira. Figueiredo would secure the victory by Submission(Armbar.) He’d then face Jonas Ferreira in August of that year he’d win by TKO (Punches.) He’d then take a year and a half off before facing David Raimundo Arcangela Silva in March of 2014 he’d win by Submission (Guillotine Choke.) Two months later he’d face Adailton Pereira winning by Unanimous Decision. Edvaldo Junior would be Figueiredo’s next opponent he’d win by Submission (Guillotine Choke.) He’d win his next six fights which would lead to  Figueiredo ending up in the UFC. 

Figueiredo made his UFC debut against Marco Beltrán at UFC 212 in June of 2017. He’d win by TKO (corner stoppage.) Figueiredo’s next opponent was Jarred Brooks he’d win by Split Decision. Joseph Morales would be next for Figueiredo; he’d win by TKO (Punches.) John Moraga was on deck for Figueiredo; he’d win again by TKO (Punches.) He was now 15-0 but would get his first loss next when he faced Jussier Formiga.

 Figueiredo would win his next two fights before fighting Joseph Benavidez for the vacant UFC Flyweight title. Figueiredo would win but didn’t walk away with the Flyweight title due  to missing weight. He’d then fight for the Vacant Flyweight title again this time he secured the belt. He’d then defended the belt once and retained it after a draw to Brandon Moreno. He’d lose the belt to Moreno at UFC 263. On Saturday he won the belt back at UFC 270 against Moreno, a familiar foe. 

 Figueiredo definitely needs to fight Moreno in a much needed fourth fight, an unprecedented thing in MMA, but super necessary.

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

Deiveson Figueiredo retiene el título de peso mosca tras un empate...
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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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