The UFC flyweight division has been rejuvenated. The two main stars of the revival have been Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. Their trilogy of fights at UFC 270 elevated the division once again and had fans wanting one more fight between them.
Inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday night, Figueiredo defeated Moreno by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) to regain the title. Figueiredo is now a two-time flyweight champion, the first in UFC history.
He said afterward that he was interested in facing Moreno one more time.
“I am ready for a fourth fight against Brandon in Mexico,” said Figueiredo.
The atmosphere in the arena was electric even before the first bell rang. Moreno, a superstar in the eyes of the crowd, seemed ready for war. He tried to push Figueiredo into the corner to start, but Figueiredo countered any attempted attack with jabs. Moreno landed a right hand and was trying to provoke Figueiredo, but Figueiredo landed a takedown, something he often did. Moreno looked to find an advantage with low kicks.
Figueiredo attempted another takedown in Round 2, but Moreno responded with a right hand. Moreno landed more leg kicks and dropped Figueiredo to the canvas. Once Figueiredo recovered, the fighters unleashed heavy kicks, and Moreno’s shots seemed to hurt. They were both dancing and trying to get into each other’s heads throughout the fight.
Figueiredo looked to hit Moreno right away in round 3. He got another takedown after Moreno attempted a knee. Figueiredo climbed on his back and, when he was close to the cage, gave him a big knee to the face. Moreno recovered and then followed up with kicks to the calf. Each fighter landed combinations as they tried to show off the other. A big right hand from Figueiredo dropped Moreno before the end of the round.
The crowd was mesmerized by every movement and waves of emotions flowed. Figueiredo landed a big kick to start the fourth and they both looked for a takedown. Moreno’s legs began to swell from multiple kicks, but he used those legs to try to hurt Figueiredo. They went on to exchange kicks.
Moreno made things interesting in Round 5 with a big takedown. He ended up lying on top but was unable to take advantage, disappointing the crowd. Figueiredo landed multiple hooks and rocked Moreno with big shots, but Moreno responded with a few shots of his own. Moreno hit crisp shots before the final bell.
Moreno landed more strikes (106-95), but Figueiredo’s takedowns ended up being a major factor in the fight.
Figueiredo, who enlisted the help of Henry Cejudo in his camp, earned his first major victory since November 2020. Moreno is now 4-1-1 in his last six fights.