“It Became Personal”- Deiveson Figueiredo Says Brandon Moreno Has Been Dodging Him

Published 09/07/2021, 9:03 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)


Deiveson Figueiredo lost to Brandon Moreno at UFC 263 and lost his flyweight title in the process. The duo had previously fought at UFC 255 with the decision being declared a majority draw. However, the rematch was a completely different story and Moreno dominated ‘Deus Da Guerra’ before eventually submitting him in the third round of the contest.

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Figueiredo has since wanted a third fight. But, Moreno seems to have other plans for his future. ‘The Assassin Baby’ is set to fight Alexandre Pantoja in his first title defense. Now, Figueiredo has bashed his Mexican counterpart for not accepting the fight.

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He was a rogue. Now he is running away from the fight. He knows the only fight he’s going to sell is me and him. He doesn’t want to lose the belt, he is now even more arrogant, more playboy,” said Figueiredo. (Transcribed by BJPenn.com)

I want the rematch and I’m going to show that I wasn’t doing well in the second fight. In the first fight I broke him in the fight, he shrank back to not get knocked out. I gave the rematch and now he does a nasty thing like that? Why isn’t it time? Why doesn’t he have a fight in Mexico? What makes me pissed the most is seeing him pay at a loss and not wanting our trilogy,” he added.

Deiveson Figueiredo says fireworks are guaranteed in a third fight

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Figueiredo fought well in the first fight at UFC 255. He hinted that food poisoning apparently affected his performance. However, Moreno was on a different level in the rematch and came out with the win.

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)

He had to be a man and assume the position of champion. I defended against him. He knows I won’t let go. I’m going to do the same as the first one, which was sick and I fought well. It became personal. I don’t even like to look at his posts, it makes me nauseous. The will is to go out on a fight with him. It’s a two-wire stop, when it meets, it’s short-circuited, it’s on fire,” Figueiredo concluded.

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It will be interesting to see if the duo eventually fights for the third time again down the road. But it seems like the former champion might have to fight a contender before earning his spot as the next challenger for the 125 lbs championship.

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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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