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.