Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo Will No Longer Take Place at UFC 269

Published 10/12/2021, 6:07 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil and Brandon Moreno of Mexico face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC flyweight title fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo will now take place at UFC 270. The trilogy fight was initially slated to take place on December 11 at UFC 269.

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However, as a welterweight fight between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards will take place at UFC 269, the UFC shifted the title fight to 2022.

Shifting the fight to UFC 270, which already has a heavyweight title fight between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, will help bolster the card. UFC 269 already has two title fights scheduled, and with the addition of Masvidal vs. Edwards, the drawing power of the card will be huge.

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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)

UFC 270, the first pay-per-view of UFC in 2022, is still a growing card. The location and the venue are yet to be announced, so the addition of this fight will increase the buzz around the event.

The fight’s announcement comes amidst the speculation that Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker, initially targeted for UFC 270, will now occur at UFC 271.

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Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo- The saga

Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo will meet in the octagon for the third consecutive time. The pair first met in 2020 at UFC 256, when the fight was announced on a three weeks notice. The fight, one of the top fights of the year, ended in a majority draw with Figueiredo keeping his title.

The two ran it back earlier in 2021 at UFC 263, with ‘The Assassin Baby’ dominating the fight from the start and submitting ‘Deus da Guerra’ in the third round. Moreno also made history after beating Deiveson, as he became the first Mexican-born fighter to win a UFC title.

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Moreno and Figueiredo both were on winning streaks before meeting in 2020. Figueiredo defeated UFC legend Joseph Benavidez to win the UFC flyweight title on Fight Island. He then kept the title against Alex Perez at UFC 255 before meeting Moreno at UFC 256.

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This fight will be the first title defense for ‘The Assassin Baby.’ He will look for a repeat performance from the last fight to retain his title.

Who do you think will come out on top? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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