Leon Edwards, Aljamain Sterling, Stephen Thompson Predict the Winner of Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno 2 at UFC 263

Published 06/12/2021, 3:29 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 and Brandon Moreno will clash in the co-main event of the UFC 263 pay-per-view with the flyweight title on the line. The duo previously clashed at UFC 256 and fought to a draw in of the best fights of 2020. Hence, one can expect the rematch to be of the same magnitude when the two top flyweights clash.

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‘Deus da Guerra’ will look to retain the belt against a familiar opponent; Moreno will look to dethrone the champion. UFC fighters like Stephen Thompson, Leon Edwards, Anthony Smith, Aljamain Sterling, Cory Sandhagen, and more predicted the outcome of the contest.

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Figueiredo was reportedly sick leading up to the first fight. UFC light-heavyweight Anthony Smith believes if those rumors were actually true, then he has to side with the champion to win the rematch as well.

However, bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling sided with the challenger to get the job done this time. So did welterweight Geoff Neal.

Light-heavyweight Aleksandar Rakic sided with Figueiredo to get the job done this time. Curtis Blaydes, though, wants an upset to take place and is backing Moreno. Jack Hermansson said that ‘The Assassin Baby’ impressed him in the first fight. However, ‘The Joker’ finds it hard to pick against a dominant champ like Figueiredo.

Leon Edwards, who fights in the same card, also picked Figueiredo to hold on to his belt. On the flip side, Stephen Thompson and Cory Sandhagen went for Moreno to win in the rematch. Welterweight Alex Morono believes Figueiredo will stay champion for a long time.

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Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno 2: Who takes the rematch?

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If the second fight is anything like the first one, fans are in for a treat no doubt. Given Figueiredo‘s pedigree as a fighter and dominance as a champion, it’s tough to pick against him. However, Moreno has shown previously that if anybody can push ‘Deus da Guerra’ to the limit, it’s him.

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)

The Assassin Baby‘ certainly has the tools and the toughness to overcome adversity. But the champion will be keen to prove he is indeed the best flyweight in the world.

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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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