WATCH: Mexican Fans Go Berserk as Brandon Moreno Brings Home a UFC Title

Published 06/16/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


Brandon Moreno made history this past weekend as he became the first Mexican-born UFC champion. Mexico has been known for producing some of the best fighters not just in MMA, but also boxing. There are many fighters of Mexican origin who have done extremely well in the UFC and some have even captured UFC gold. However, ‘The Assassin Baby’ became the first Mexican-born champion in the UFC. 

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In the pre-fight press conference, Dana White predicted, “You win this fight, you’re going to blow up in Mexico”. This is exactly what happened as videos and photos emerged of Moreno receiving a hero’s welcome in his gym. There was also a mural of him painted on a wall and several other such gestures as the country celebrated their maiden UFC champion’s arrival. 

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With Moreno as the champion, the UFC has the perfect belt holder to tap into the Mexican market. White even stated that Moreno could play a key role in expanding the UFC in Mexico and other Latin-American-dominated areas in the United States. 

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Brandon Moreno and his inspiring journey to UFC gold

Moreno’s journey with the UFC started as the last pick on The Ultimate Fighter Season 24. He lost his first fight on ‘TUF’ against Alexandre Pantoja. Subsequently, he secured three wins on the trot against the likes of Louis Smolka, Ryan Benoit, and Dustin Ortiz. ‘The Assassin Baby’ then succumbed to two back-to-back losses against the likes of Alexandre Pantoja and Sergio Pettis. 

Following his two-fight skid, the UFC parted ways with Moreno. He then joined Legacy Fighting Championship where he secured a knockout win, thereby earning his ticket back to the UFC. 

Moreno’s first fight back was a draw, following which he won his next three fights. Hence, he received a title fight against Figueiredo on three weeks’ notice. The two men put on a brilliant bout that went all five rounds, ending in a draw. 

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In the rematch, Moreno, who said he had been preparing for this fight for the past six months, left no doubts and secured a dominant win over Deiveson Figueiredo to become the king of the flyweights. 

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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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