VIDEO: Henry Cejudo Meets Up With Brandon Moreno Backstage After UFC 263 Victory

Published 06/13/2021, 9:22 AM EDT


Newly crowned UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno saw his years of penance finally getting paid. The Mexican defeated the seemingly unbeatable former champ Deiveson Figueiredo via submission to reach the pinnacle of the division.

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He has now joined the ranks of some of the most elite fighters to capture the title, which also includes fellow countrymen and former champion Henry Cejudo.

The former Olympic bronze medalist and retired MMA fighter appeared to witness his fellow countrymen claiming the gold that he once possessed. Cejudo and ‘The Assassin Baby’ shared a light moment backstage, with Cejudo congratulating Moreno.

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Moreno fought Figueiredo in a rematch from last year. Unlike this match, where we got the result, the previous match had ended in a draw.

Brief Analysis: Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo 2

The challenger took charge with an initial assault. Moreno landed punch combos and leg kicks as he moved forward. One of the jabs caught Figueiredo, and he was knocked and fell on the canvas.

The champ was finding it difficult to land his own blows, as he was barely surviving Moreno’s assault. The round ended with Moreno being ahead of the two.

The second round saw Figueiredo trying to get his authority to stamp over Moreno. He scored a much-needed takedown to begin and was able to land a bunch of hard elbows on Moreno’s body. Moreno regrouped to gain top control and scored valuable points on the champ.

In the third round, Moreno made a quick takedown and worked his way to Figueiredo’s back. The latter tried to defend Moreno’s push, but Moreno eventually slipped his arm under the chin of the champion and applied the choke to put an end to his title reign.

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What’s next for Brandon Moreno?

Unlike other divisions, where there are loads of big names ready to tussle for the belt after every event, the flyweight doesn’t have that luxury.

Moreno (19-5-2), after getting past his biggest fight to date, will run into an unknown territory of possible fighters. However, there is an enticing battle up for grabs if the UFC proceeds with Askar Askarov next.

Both the new champ and Askarov have a history. Just like the previous Figueiredo fight last year, Moreno had a similar result when he fought Askarov. Their match resulted in a draw at UFC Fight Night 159.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Brandon Moreno of Mexico punches Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil in their flyweight championship bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

There is also a strong case of Alexandre Pantoja, who was the last fighter to beat Moreno. That loss had shown Moreno the exit doors of UFC for a while. So the champ would want to avenge that.

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But for the above thing to happen, Pantoja has to get past Brandon Royval on August 31 this year. For now, the champ can head home and enjoy his glory moment with his wife and three lovely daughters.

Who will be next for Moreno, according to you?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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