Jorge Masvidal Daniel Cormier and Other MMA Fighters React as Brandon Moreno Stuns Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 263

Published 06/13/2021, 12:31 AM EDT


The Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, was bursting at the seams as Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno made their walk. Fans had earmarked the fight as an absolute banger, as their first fight delivered in more ways than one. In fact, their scrap at UFC 256 was marked as a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate given the pace and violence.

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The crowd was particularly energetic as Deiveson Figueiredo made his way to the octagon as the lights dimmed. Deiveson Figueiredo has defended his strap on 2 occasions and Brandon Moreno arguably gave him his toughest test. Not to mention, fans were impressed to see what new looks Moreno would bring to the table given time to analyze the champ.

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The first round didn’t disappoint as both men went after it from the get-go. Moreno dropped Figueiredo early in the round. However, ‘Deus de Guerra’ composed himself. As both fighters went to their stools for round 2, it appeared Moreno was in pole position. Given Figueiredo’s power, it’s easy to see why Moreno was looking to ground the Brazilian champion.

However, the tide turned for the worse for the champ in round three and Moreno tapped Figueiredo out via RNC. Securing a tight body triangle sealed the deal, making Brandon Moreno the undisputed flyweight champion of the world. Furthermore, he became the first-ever Mexican-born UFC champion. There are plenty of opportunities for Brandon Moreno to raise his stock considering that Mexico is a market the UFC wants to break into.

Twitter had plenty to say about Moreno’s performance and the fact that he’s now a pioneer for Mexican MMA. Several notable names came out in full swing to ensure that Moreno’s performance got its just due.

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The flyweight division continues to put forth exciting fights with each marquee pay-per-view booking. It’s clear that the days wondering about the future of the 125-pound division are likely behind the fighters of the weight class. When it comes to technical skill, it’s hard to combat that the flyweights don’t rule the roost.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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