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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