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.
The trilogy is on. Brandon Moreno will defend his title against Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 269 on Dec. 11. UFC looked into booking Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja, but Pantoja won’t be ready before end of the year. Moreno wanted to be active and was willing to fight any challenger. pic.twitter.com/8DqG9coYWR— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 16, 2021
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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