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Report – Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo 3 Booked For UFC 269 On December 11.

A trilogy flyweight title showdown between reigning division kingpin, Brandon ‘The Assassin Baby’ Moreno, and former champion, Deiveson ‘Deus da Garra’ Figueiredo has been booked to land at UFC 269 on December 11. from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Initially meeting at UFC 255 in December, Figueiredo managed to retain his flyweight title in a majority draw showdown against Moreno, after a third round point deduction due to an unintentional groin strike.

Rematching in the co-headlining bout of UFC 263 in June, Moreno scored the undisputed championship with a third round rear-naked choke over Figueiredo — snapping the Brazilian’s six-fight undefeated run.

Per a report from ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto, Figueiredo was landed on as the next challenger to Moreno’s throne in the form of a trilogy bout, after common-foe, Alexandre Pantoja was unavailable to make a December date to challenge for the belt.

Returning to the UFC for his second stint back in September 2019, Moreno has since established a 4-0-2 promotional record, besting the trio of Kai Kara-France, Jussier Formiga, and Brandon Royval en route to his December title challenge opposite Figueiredo.

Scooping the LFA flyweight crown following a unanimous decision loss to the aforenoted, Pantoja — the Baja California favorite, notched his 11th submission victory in June with his third round, title-clinching rear-naked choke stoppage over Figueiredo.

For Para native, Figueiredo, he has continuously campaigned for a trilogy showdown with Moreno since losing the title in June. However, he was also linked to a move to the bantamweight division following a previous failed weight-cut attempt against Joseph Benavidez, as well as a struggle to the flyweight limit for his second attempted title defense earlier this summer.

Winning the flyweight crown in July of last year, Figueiredo turned in a brutal, one-sided first round submission win over Benavidez in a ‘Fight Island’ rematch, dropping the Texan on three occasions in the opening frame.

Meeting with short-notice replacement, Alex Perez in the main event of UFC 254 in November, Figueiredo managed the first and last successful defense of his reign with a quickfire first round guillotine stoppage.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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