‘He Just Tries To Intimidate You’- Brandon Moreno Claims He Has Decoded the Gameplan of Deiveson Figueiredo, Comments on Potential Timeline for the Rematch

Published 02/18/2021, 11:07 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Brandon Moreno of Mexico poses on the scale 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 to a draw against Brandon Moreno at UFC 256. ‘The Assassin Baby’ earned plaudits for his exceptional performance in the last pay-per-view of 2020, as he was in one of the best title fights in the history of the UFC flyweight division. The UFC has guaranteed him an immediate rematch against Figueiredo.

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But, any official date for that rematch is yet to be announced. Figueiredo competed 4 times last year but has slowed down a little on his pace this term. ‘Deus da Guerra’ wants to fight Henry Cejudo too, as he believes it can be a huge addition to his legacy. However, Moreno deserves his shot first.

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Moreno expects the UFC to not take Figueiredo’s bait to fight ‘The Messenger’, as he thinks that is only beneficial for the champion from a financial perspective.

Speaking to MMA Junkie recently, Moreno said, “I’ve been in the gym since the fight, training extremely hard, In my conversations with my manager, Jason House, I told him that I’m ready for April, and he’s pushing the UFC hard. But apparently, Figueiredo thinks a little differently than us. When he was cornering his brother, he looked a little chubby, so I don’t really know if April would work.

I’ve discovered the great secret of ‘Figgy,’ He just tries to intimidate you and get you off your game – make you beat yourself. Once you cross that off the wall, you can see he’s just a human like you and me. I’m proud of my performance in our first fight, and I know I’m going to be twice the fighter I am when I’m back in the Octagon,” added ‘The Assassin Baby’.

Can Brandon Moreno beat Deiveson Figueiredo in the rematch?

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The Assassin Baby‘ showed his incredible heart in their last fight at UFC 256. Despite taking Figueiredo‘s best shots, he refused to be overpowered at any point in the fight.

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)

There were moments in the fight which could have resulted in a finish for Moreno. So, he has certainly shown he is more than capable of dismantling Figueiredo. But, the champion will know his opponent and look to prepare an astute game plan to secure a win. So, we might be in for an all-time classic yet again.

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What did you make of Brandon Moreno’s assessment? Can he win the rematch?

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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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