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Report – Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo III Moved To UFC 270 On January 22.

The undisputed UFC flyweight title trilogy bout between reigning champion, Brandon ‘The Assassin Baby’ Moreno and former titleholder, the #1 ranked contender, Deiveson ‘Deus da Garra’ Figueiredo has reportedly been uprooted and moved from its UFC 269 landing pad on December 11. — with the championship showdown now slated to co-headline UFC 270 on January 22.

According to a report from mixed martial arts reporter, Ariel Helwani, the booking of the pivotal welterweight clash between Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal for UFC 269 has resulted in the reworking of the championship bout between Moreno and Figueiredo to UFC 270 the following month — which will now co-headline beneath the heavyweight title unification pairing of Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane.

Taking co-headlining honors as part of another championship doubleheader back in June, then-defending champion, Figueiredo dropped his title in a third round rear-naked choke defeat, after Tijuana native, Moreno turned in a largely one-sided performance prior to the stoppage.

Initially meeting back in the main event of UFC 256 in December last year, Figueiredo and Moreno turned in a Fight of the Year candidate over the course of five rounds, with the pair ultimately forced to a majority draw following a point deduction in the third round against the Brazilian champion.

Suffering his first defeat in six back in June, Figueiredo had twice stopped the now-retired multiple-time title challenger, Joseph Benavidez last year — the second of which on ‘Fight Island’ in a vacant flyweight title fight, dropping the Texan on multiple occasions before locking up a brutal first round rear-naked choke.

Headlining UFC 255 in November as part of a hugely active schedule, the Para native met with short-notice replacement, Alex Perez in his first attempted title defense — stopping the Team Oyama mainstay with a quickfire first round guillotine.

Baja California favorite Moreno became the first Mexican champion in the history of the UFC back in June in his title-clinching effort against Figueiredo — improving his Octagon record to 4-0-2 from his second tenure.

Before his pair of bouts with Figueiredo, Moreno had turned in a unanimous decision wins over both Kai Kara-France and Jussier Formiga, before stopping Brandon Royval before the opening round buzzer at UFC 255 in November.

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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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