UFC 255 was less than a month ago and two of the most impressive performers on the night meet in the main event at this weekend’s UFC 256 card.
Flyweight king Deiveson Figueiredo destroyed Alex Perez in his first title defence, securing a guillotine choke in the first round. He immediately followed that fight up by calling out Brandon Moreno, who had earlier that night defeated Brandon Royval via a first round TKO.
Moreno was seen by many as the rightful number one contender to the title, but the original title shot went to former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. The UFC were looking to bring some legitimacy and eyes to the flyweight division once again, and with the super popular fighter pleading his case publicly the company brass made the decision to let him skip the queue.
When he withdrew, with Moreno already scheduled to fight Royval, the UFC used Alex Perez instead. When Figueiredo didn’t disappoint, he made sure that the whole world knew Moreno was the man he wanted next.
Moreno’s record is highly impressive. With 18 wins and five losses, his original stint in the UFC came to an end after back-to-back defeats to Sergio Pettis and Alexandre Pantoja. He went away and got a win in the LFA, before returning to the organisation for a split draw against Askar Askarov.
Since that though, Moreno has won three in a row against three top flyweights to earn his rightful place at the top of the contenders pile.
The only man that has been more impressive than him, is the champions himself.
In Figueiredo, Moreno will be coming up against the scariest 125lber of all time. He has the ability to knock you out with a single punch but also has mat skills that have seen him win his last two fights via submission too.
This title fight has already saved the card after three different championship bouts fell through, but for Moreno it represents the biggest fight of his career.
More than that, it would be the biggest upset in the companies calendar year if he were to pull it off. He is very similar to Alex Perez stylistically in the sense that he’s comfortable in all realms of the octagon, but to a slightly higher level.
That doesn’t make up for the power edge that Figueiredo has and the fact that he is at best only on par with him in the grappling exchanges.
There have been some crazy upsets this year in the UFC but if Moreno pulls this off, it will top the lot.
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