Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo faced off each other in the Octagon last year in the main event of UFC 256. It was Deus da Guerra who retained his title, however, Brandon Moreno put up a spectacle leading many fans to believe that the fight could have gone either way.
Last year, Moreno came close to defeating the flyweight champion and claiming the victory. Ahead of their rematch at UFC 263, let’s take a look at their first fight.
“To be honest, I feel too much pain in all my body, but at the same time, I feel so happy,” Moreno said on ESPN+.
“Obviously I wanted the title. I wanted to bring that happiness to my country, to my family. But it is what it is, I’m so happy to take this opportunity. I’m ready to go home with my family, with my kids. That’s all I need.” Moreno expressed after the match.
According to UFC Stats – Brandon Moreno was able to land 132 out of 248 significant strikes comparing to Deiveson’s 137 out of 238 significant strikes. However, in the later rounds of the match, Brandon connected much more lethal blows.
A look back at Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 256
Both Moreno and Figueiredo had big moments in the fight, particularly during a frenetic fourth round. For Moreno, he expressed some regret at not pushing the pace more during the fifth round. The judges’ scorecard read – Derek Cleary (46-48), Sal D’amato (47-47), and Junichiro Kamijo (47-47).
Referee Jason Herzog deducted a point from Figueiredo in the third round of the contest for a low blow, it was that point that resulted in two judges giving scores of 47-47 for the fight. Two of the judges scored the fifth and final round in favor of the champion, while one judge scored that round for the challenger. The stats in the final round favored Figueiredo, who doubled the significant striking output of Moreno and scored a takedown.
Referee Jason Herzog deducted a point from Figueiredo after a hard kick to the groin in the third round. Judge Junichiro Kamijo scored the fifth round 10-9 in favor of Moreno as part of his 47-47 overall score.
The two are set for their second bout at the UFC 263, where Brendon Moreno will get a second chance at the champion. Who do you think will get his arm raised at UFC 263?