UFC 263: Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno 2: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/09/2021, 1:27 AM EDT


The co-main event of the UFC 263 pay-per-view will see Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno fight in a rematch. ‘Deus da Guerra’ retained his belt in their first fight at UFC 256. However, the contest was a draw. Both fighters will look to prove their superiority in their second clash.

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Figueiredo made a quick turnaround after defeating Alex Perez at UFC 255. So did Moreno, as ‘The Assassin Baby’ defeated Brandon Royval on the same card. But for the amount of weight the champion cuts to make the flyweight limit, it’s taxing on his body to make that weight twice in such a brief span.

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)

Also, Figueiredo was reportedly hospitalized the night before the fight with food poisoning. He is expected to be fully healthy without a drastic weight cut. This might play a huge factor at this weekend’s event.

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‘Deus da Guerra‘ has a record of 20-1-1 with 17 finishes (9 T/KO and 8 submissions); ‘The Assassin Baby‘ has a record of 18-5 with 13 finishes (3 T/KO and 10 submissions).

Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno 2: Analysis

As mentioned earlier, Figueiredo’s pre-fight issues were an enormous factor in the previous fight. Perhaps a healthier version of the champion will be much more lethal.

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Moreno has the longer reach, but Figueiredo neutralized that factor as he was the better fighter. He used his jab more efficiently in the first contest. Also, despite both fighters taking damage, it was Moreno who bore the scars of battle.

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)

They both have exceptional heart and grit. There’s no questioning that. The rematch should be close too, just like the first fight. But it’s hard to pick against the champion considering the level of dominance he has shown over his opponents throughout his run in the UFC. He might just edge out a close decision in his favor.

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Final Prediction: Deiveson Figueiredo by decision.

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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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