Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno Rematch Set for UFC 263

Published 02/25/2021, 10:22 AM EST
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)


Deiveson Figueiredo fought Brandon Moreno for the second defense of his flyweight title in December 2020 at UFC 256. The back and forth five-round war was touted as the greatest title fight in the history of the 125 lbs division of the UFC. Figueiredo retained his belt after a majority draw on the judges’ scorecard.

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An immediate rematch was the only way to go from there. The promotion has been looking to rebook the fight on a suitable date ever since. According to sources, there’s a date for the Mexican and the Brazilian to clash again. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was the first to report this news.

The UFC flyweight title rematch between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno is set for June 12, per multiple sources.

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 25, 2021

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After their unforgettable fight from December, Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno are set to run it back on June 12, sources told @arielhelwani. pic.twitter.com/5SSfrSfcpC

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 25, 2021

There is no official announcement from the UFC just yet. But Helwani has news from sources that the flyweight title rematch is set to go down at UFC 263 on June 12. It will be Figueiredo’s third defense of his title. Since capturing the belt in his second fight against Joseph Benavidez, ‘Deus da Guerra’ has defeated Alex Perez at UFC 255 and fought to a draw at UFC 256 against Moreno.

‘The Assassin Baby’, on the other hand, is undefeated in his last five fights in the UFC. A draw against Askar Askarov was followed by three back-to-back wins against Kai Kara France, Jussier Formiga, and Brandon Royval. After defeating Royval at UFC 255, Moreno got his shot at Figueiredo at UFC 256.

The Mexican has certainly shown his abilities in their last fight and he has proved himself to be championship quality. He will look to put on an even better show this term and earn the ultimate prize. But Figueiredo will have his own plans for sure.

Can Deiveson Figueiredo reign supreme against Brandon Moreno?

Since suffering a decision loss to Jussier Formiga, which has been his only loss as a professional, Figueiredo has looked almost invincible. Two stunning victories against Joseph Benavidez and a dominating title defense against Alex Perez made many fans believe that he is worthy of being called the greatest flyweight of all time.

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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)

However, Moreno showed that the champion is not untouchable. There were moments in the first fight in which ‘The Assassin Baby‘ could have finished his opponent. He will certainly thrive from those moments as he goes into the second bout.

Having faced each other once, both fighters will know what to expect from their counterparts. This can lead to a much more strategic fight instead of the all-out brawl they had on the first occasion.

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Are you excited to see the flyweight title rematch go down in February? Can Figueiredo reign supreme or is it Moreno’s turn to hold the belt?

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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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