BREAKING: Brandon Moreno to Return to UFC Action- Will Defend His Title at UFC 269

Published 09/16/2021, 3:23 AM EDT


UFC flyweight champion, Brandon Moreno, will return to action at UFC 269 for his first title defense. While many thought it will be Alexandre Pantoja to challenge Moreno, it’s the former champion Deiveson Figueiredo who gets his shot to get his belt back immediately. The duo will collide for the third time in 12 months.

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The card already has a title fight as Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight belt against and Julianna Pena. Apart from that, Cody Garbrandt will make his debut at the 125 lbs division against Kai Kara-France.

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The pay-per-view card will take place on December 11. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported about the flyweight title fight being confirmed for the date. Also, Charles Oliveira is expected to defend his lightweight belt for the first time against Dustin Poirier in the card’s headliner. But, the UFC has made yet no official announcement of that bout.

Brandon Moreno vs Deiveson Figueiredo 3: What to expect?

While the first fight was a razor-close affair between the duo, Moreno shocked the world when he defeated Figueiredo in the rematch. ‘The Assassin Baby’ completely dominated the second contest before eventually earning a submission win.

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)

But, ‘Deus da Guerra’ has since implied that he will perform a lot better when he eventually gets his shot at Moreno. Many believed it was a bad night out for the former champion. Whether that was indeed the case remains to be seen.

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Although fans wanted to see Pantoja, who holds two wins over Moreno, challenge the current champion for his first defense, the timelines didn’t match for the contender.

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Hence, the promotion moved on from the fight and Figueiredo will get his rematch immediately. As he is one of the scariest fighters in the flyweight roster, fans can expect a barn-burner for this one.

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Will Figueiredo get back his throne or will Moreno reign supreme? Let us know.

 

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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