The first pay-per-view of 2022 will feature two title fights headlining the event, with the smallest and biggest men in the company defending their belts.
In the flyweight division, we’ll the trilogy bout between now-champion Brandon Moreno as he defends his title for the first time when he takes on Deiveson Figueiredo for the third time in a row.
The previous two fights have been very different bouts, but this one will settle once and for all who the best 125-pound fighter in the world is.
The first fight between the two took place on less than one month’s notice back in December 2020 at UFC 256.
After both picked up quick wins at UFC 255 with Moreno stopping Brandon Royval and Figueiredo defending his title successfully against Alex Perez, the UFC moved quickly to pair them up for the following event after having trouble with that main event.
Both men stepped up to the plate and delivered a brilliant fight that went down as one of the best of the year. Ultimately it ended in a draw, which saw Figueiredo retain the belt and a rematch made.
But that first fight, while close, would have been a victory for Figueiredo had he not been deducted a point for a low blow.
Now obviously that was deserved, because the low blow was vicious and altered the pattern of the fight according to the referee. But it’s important to remember that even with that, the judges scored it 3-2 to the Brazilian.
The rematch at UFC 263 was a completely different story though, and Moreno knew exactly what he needed to do.
He came in more aggressive than ever, was sharper on the feet and not afraid of the power that stood opposite him. He also knew that he had an advantage when it came to his gas tank and grappling and used it to full effect to secure a third-round rear-naked choke submission win.
There was a new champion, but also now the strange development of a third bout with the score being 1-0 in wins officially.
As we enter UFC 270 now, there are no more excuses for either fighter. We’ll call it 1-1 for the sake of the fact it’s likely to be a final decider between them and they’ve felt the strengths of the other.
Figueiredo looks to be in the best shape of his career, while Moreno knows exactly what he needs to do to beat him again. It’s the two best flyweight fighters in the world, going head-to-head in their prime for all the bragging rights.
There is every chance that this will be the best of the trilogy, with an all-out war ready to explode. There is still respect between them, but the trash talk has been upped a little and both guys feel they have a point to prove over the other.
Be prepared for the greatest flyweight title fight of all time at UFC 270, between two guys at the absolute peak of their powers.