Alexander Volkanovski Hails Brandon Moreno as an ‘Inspiring and Humbling’ UFC Champion

Published 06/18/2021, 2:26 AM EDT
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)


At UFC 263, ‘The Assassin Baby’ Brandon Moreno earned a sensational finish over the former champion, Deiveson Figueiredo to become the new flyweight king. UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, who monitored how things unfolded during the event, was elated to see Moreno pull off such a masterclass.

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Not so long ago, the UFC cut ‘The Assassin Baby’ from the promotion. However, he returned and made his way up the ladder yet again, finally achieving his championship aspirations. “Man, that’s that’s incredible. You know, when you look at the last performances, I didn’t have him as an underdog but like I actually watched him train,” said Volkanovski.

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I was lucky enough to watch Moreno train at the PI and me just watching these last few performances. I knew that I was pretty confident he’d the job done. He’s just so tough that And he is, uh, you know, he’s got a lot of skill and you know, but to see that was incredible to see where he was and how much he evolved and then as you seen him evolve. That’s when you realize that you know, sky is limit, you know what I mean?” Volkanovski added.

The featherweight champion also said that when Moreno first started he wasn’t the best fighter on the UFC roster. However, through determination and hard work, he finally achieved his goal of becoming a UFC champion.

It’s, it is inspiring, and it’s humbling to see and I always say like even I feel like I’m still the underdog even though I’m the champ,” said Volkanovski.

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What’s next for Alexander Volkanovski and Brandon Moreno?

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Volkanovski will defend his title against Brian Ortega next. Fans will get to see an intriguing buildup to the title fight as the duo is opposing coaches on TUF 29. Hence, it will be entertaining when the duo eventually clashes heads.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

As for Moreno, he should take some time off and enjoy the fruits of his hard work over the years. There is no shortage of opponents once ‘The Assassin Baby‘ is ready to step inside the Octagon again.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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