The UFC have reshuffled their title picture and moved the flyweight trilogy rematch between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo to the first pay-per-view of 2022.
Moreno and Figueiredo were scheduled to meet up in their third scrap for the 125lbs title at UFC 269 in December as one of three title fights, alongside lightweights Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier and Amanda Nunes’ bantamweight defence against Julianna Pena.
However the UFC have now announced that Leon Edwards will fight Jorge Masvidal at the event in December and that has seen them shuffle some things around.
UFC 270 was set to see a double title fight headliner, with Francis Ngannou taking on Ciryl Gane in the heavyweight division and Israel Adesanya defending his middleweight title against Robert Whittaker.
But with Adesanya’s title defence moving to UFC 271 in February a slot has opened up in January for Moreno to move into.
According to other reports, the UFC is close to finalising Anaheim’s Honda Centre as the venue for the card and the chance to have Moreno make his first defence as champion closer to the Mexican border was appealing to the organisation.
Moreno became the UFC’s first Mexican-born champion when he submitted Figueiredo to win the title at UFC 263.
That fight took place after their first fight at UFC 256 in December 2020 ended in a draw after one of the best fights of the calendar year.
Figueiredo was ahead in the fight but had a point deducted for repeated low blows during the fight which led to the cards being evened up.
Moreno was brilliant in the second fight however and completely dominated, ending up with a big knockdown and choking Figueiredo to near unconsciousness.
UFC 270 will take place on January 22nd 2022.
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