‘I Want the Trilogy’- Deiveson Figueiredo Calls Out UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno

Published 07/19/2021, 11:47 PM EDT


Former 125-pound champion Deiveson Figueiredo and current champion Brandon Moreno are without a doubt two of the best fighters in their division. The two men have fought twice so far. The first time they fought the fight went the distance and was declared a majority draw. Both Figueiredo and Moreno gave it absolutely everything and swung leather for 25 minutes in what was without a doubt the best fight of 2020. 

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Given how close the first fight was and that there was no clear winner, it only made sense for the UFC to run it back. The promotion scheduled a rematch earlier this year at UFC 263. This time around, Moreno left no doubt as submitted ‘Daico’ in the third round of their fight. 

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Figueiredo however, is gunning for a third fight. In a recent clip shared with Ariel Helwani, he stated that he wanted a trilogy fight against Moreno right away. He said, “Hey, Ariel. I want the trilogy against Brandon Moreno. Trilogy, man”

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Does a third fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno make sense?

After the first fight, Dana White had no doubt in his mind that the rematch was imminent. And rightfully so given how close the fight was. However, in the second fight, Moreno put on a dominant display against a former champion. During the course of the fight, ‘The Assasin Baby’ landed an impressive 71 total strikes with an accuracy of 65%. He also landed 47 significant strikes with an accuracy of 55% and had a 100% takedown success rate. 

Following the win, ‘The Assassin Baby’ had no interest in an immediate rematch and was more interested in his next title fight. The likes of Cody Garbrandt, Alex Perez, and Alexandre Pantoja are front runners for the title shot at 125-pounds. A trilogy between Figueiredo and Moreno is inevitable at some point in time down the line. However, as things stand, a third fight would not make sense. 

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What do you make of Figueiredo’s claims of wanting an immediate rematch? Do you think he deserves it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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