UFC President Dana White Reveals What’s Next for Brandon Moreno

Published 08/21/2021, 1:34 PM EDT
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)


Brandon Moreno recently picked up a third-round submission victory against Deiveson Figueiredo to become the first Mexican-born champion in the UFC. With the first fight ending in a draw, the UFC was quick to give the fans the rematch, which wasn’t nearly as close as the first fight.

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Since then, fans have been wondering who the newly crowned champion will face next. While Deiveson Figueiredo has been incessantly calling out the champion for the trilogy fight, Moreno believes Figueiredo needs to work his way back to a title shot, considering the way their rematch ended.

Interestingly enough, according to UFC president Dana White, the winner of the upcoming flyweight matchup between Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval will be next in line for a title shot.

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” One hundred percent. I mean, this fight pretty much determines who gets the next shot ”  


Regardless of who wins, Brandon Moreno will face a familiar adversary considering his history with both of them. Moreno recently defeated Royval at UFC 255 to earn the title shot. Alexandre Pantoja has two decisive wins against ‘The Assassin Baby’.

A trilogy fight between Moreno and Pantoja would make sense, perhaps providing the champion an opportunity to right his wrongs. And although a fight with Royal might not make sense as of now, an emphatic performance against Pantoja will certainly make him worthy of a title shot.

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Can Brandon Moreno become the most dominant flyweight? 

Brandon Moreno is perhaps one of the most well-rounded fighters in the UFC’s flyweight division. His ability to flow from one dimension of the sport to another is second to none. And although the Mexican has five losses on his record, one can see ‘the assassin baby’ ruling the flyweight division with an iron fist.  

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Super fights against big names such as Cody Garbrandt and Henry Cejudo could go a long way in cementing Moreno’s legacy (in case he gets win).

Only 27-years-old, Moreno has a lot of room to grow and learn. Considering his passion for the sport, he’ll be doing just that.

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What do you think? Can Brandon Moreno become the most dominant flyweight in UFC history? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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