All You Need To Know About Brandon Moreno – UFC 255

Published 11/18/2020, 11:47 AM EST


Brandon Moreno takes on Brandon Royval this weekend at UFC 255. The UFC flyweight division has been on the rise since Henry Cejudo seemingly saved the division from getting cut from the UFC.

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Now with Flyweights headlining the UFC 255 card, here’s all you need to know about Brandon Moreno.

Competed at TUF 24

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Moreno made his way to the UFC from the World Fighting Federation in 2016. He would go undefeated in the promotion at 5–0 and would eventually win the Flyweight championship. 

Moreno would then sign to the UFC to be cast in the 24th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Season 24 was a Flyweight tournament with the winner getting the UFC contract and a title opportunity at then-champion Demetrious Johnson.

Despite Brandon’s loss in the tournament, he would be signed by the UFC to face Louis Smolka. A win over Smolka provided Moreno an opportunity to fight on the TUF 24 finale card.

Brandon Moreno was cut by the UFC

‘The Assassin Baby’ started his UFC career with three consecutive wins. Moreno would then slip into a two-fight losing streak, resulting in him being cut by the promotion.

Moreno told MMA Fighting“I was removed from the rankings, I was like, ‘what’s going on?’ And I don’t know if I didn’t get all the info, but I thought that I was still with the company and that maybe they were going to find me some space in a weight class above, but no.

After contemplating a move to Bantamweight, Moreno would sign with LFA.

Claimed Flyweight title at LFA 69

Legacy Fighting Alliance would come to the call of free agent Moreno. In what would be the first fight in the promotion, ‘The Assassin Baby’ was provided a title opportunity.

Moreno won the fight via technical knockout in the fourth round to become the new Flyweight champion. Despite signing a multi-fight contract with LFA, Brandon would find himself in familiar surroundings with the UFC re-signing the Mexican flyweight star.

10 submission victories

Moreno currently trains at Entram Gym out of Mexico. While ‘The Assassin Baby’ has gone the distance in his last three fights, he possesses a strong ground game.

10 out of Moreno’s 17 professional victories have come by submission. Brandon’s favorite submissions seem to be the Rear-naked choke and Guillotine choke.

Brandon Moreno 2.0

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Since returning to the UFC, Moreno has changed his attitude. Currently tied for the #1 contender’s spot at Flyweight, Brandon will be looking to get his chance at the UFC title.

‘The Assassin Baby’ has won back-to-back unanimous decisions now against Formiga and Kai Kara-France. Moreno attributes his change in attitude telling the media, “It’s a crazy situation, because now in this new era in the UFC, Brandon Moreno never goes to the cage.”

Moreno continued, “It’s another guy. That guy is crazy. He is disrespectful. That guy has all the attitude to want to win the battle. That guy, he’s really strong.”

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At UFC 255, Brandon Moreno will take on the dangerous Brandon Royval who is on a four-fight win streak. While Royval has finished all of his last four opponents via submission, Moreno will be looking to establish his dominance and be next in line for the UFC flyweight title.

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Keith Dsouza

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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.

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