‘The Weight Cut Is Something Serious’- Brandon Moreno Warns Deiveson Figueiredo About Fighting in the Flyweight Division

Published 07/21/2021, 10:44 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)


Brandon Moreno became the flyweight champion at UFC 263 when he submitted the former kingpin, Deiveson Figueiredo. It was a rematch between the duo. Their first fight ended in a majority draw. However, Moreno was way superior to his opponent in the rematch and earned a spectacular win to capture UFC gold.

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Figueiredo has been vocal for a rematch since losing his belt. He wants a third fight to prove it was just a bad night out for him. There have also been speculations about Figueiredo moving up to the bantamweight division. Moreno believes ‘Deus Da Guerra’ will be a problem at the 135 lbs as well.

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Man, the weight cut is something serious. It’s something real, because you need to be careful how much you can cut until you start to lose power. You start to lose all the benefits of the weight-cut,” said Moreno.

So, he’s huge, he has too much power. But I think in the bantamweight division he can make something better there because, he can have more energy there and he has the power in the right hand. But man it’s not my decision, you know. Maybe, if the people hear this interview, this answer, people can say something like, Oh, he is scared of a third fight against him or something like that,” he added.

To be honest, no, I am trying to be like the analyst, you know, in his position. And I think it’s a mistake to keep him in the flyweight division. But I am nothing, I don’t have the position to say something,” Figueiredo concluded.

Brandon Moreno wants to fight Cody Garbrandt next

Garbrandt was once an undefeated champion of the UFC’s bantamweight division. He was considered as one of the very best to ever do it in the 135 lbs division of the UFC. But his fall from grace has been very prominent over the years. He has lost 4 out of his last 5 fights. ‘No Love’ has also been knocked out 3 times in that time period.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz taunt each other in their UFC bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Garbrandt is looking to rejuvenate his career at the 135 lbs division. But he has previously indicated his desire to drop down to the flyweight division and capture a world title at a different weight class. So, if he is indeed willing to perform that move currently, a fight between him and Moreno is something that the fans would certainly enjoy.

Moreno himself has expressed his interest to fight the former bantamweight champion as well. He believes ‘No Love’ has a certain name value with him and comes as a brand. That will certainly help him elevate his status and being more recognizable among the fans. So, if the UFC indeed schedules that fight, remains to be seen.

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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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