‘He Needs Another Fight’-Brandon Moreno Rejects Trilogy Fight Against Deiveson Figueiredo

Published 06/28/2021, 10:44 PM EDT
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)


Brandon Moreno scored an exceptional win over Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 263, becoming the first-ever Mexican fighter to lay hands on the UFC flyweight gold. It was a rematch after the last title fight resulted in a draw at UFC 256.

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However, this time, Moreno secured a clear result by stopping Figueiredo via submission in round three of the fight.

While there is some possibility of a trilogy, ‘The Assassin baby’ doesn’t see it happening anytime soon. While talking in an interview with MMA Junkie, Moreno talked about the trilogy scenario and discussed a few other important things.

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He said, “He was very respectful after the fight. I want to keep that respect of him, you know. So, if you start to talk again about excuses, I don’t have more comments about that.”

He added, “Talking about the fight, definitely, he is a former champ and the trilogy is a possibility. I need to talk with the UFC. First of all, I need to take some rest. We will see what’s happening. Again, the trilogy with Figueiredo, but I think the fight was very dominant. So, maybe he needs to fight with another guy first. I don’t know, man. We’ll see what happens.” 

While Moreno doesn’t seem to be interested in fighting the Brazilian next, there are a few other fighters who might be a viable prospect for the title shot.

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Who’s Next for Brandon Moreno?

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)

Following the big win over Figueiredo, the current flyweight champion is clearly not interested in a trilogy against the Brazilian fighter. However, there are a few big names in the flyweight roster who can be a good fight for the champion. Askar Askarov is one of them.

The Russian fighter is undefeated in his professional MMA career. He was on an amazing ten-win streak until he faced a draw in his UFC debut against Moreno in 2019.

The 28-year-old is currently #3 in the flyweight division. He is on a three-win streak right now and might get his title shot soon.

Alexandre Pantoja is also relevant in the scenario as he last defeated Moreno via decision in 2018. Pantoja is currently #3 in the flyweight roster and would be a deserving prospect for the title bout if he defeats Brandon Royval in their next fight.

However, the final call is in the hands of Dana White and the administration. Until then, the fans have to wait to see what’s next for the Mexican champion.

Who do you think will be next for the flyweight gold? What do you make out of Brandon Moreno’s words? Let us know in the comments section below.

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