Brazilian fighter Figueiredo snatches Mexican Moreno his UFC title

In the third chapter of their fierce rivalry, Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Deiveson Figueiredo defeated Mexican Brandon Moreno on Saturday to regain the UFC flyweight championship belt.

Figueiredo, 34, was declared the winner by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) in this flyweight match (125 pounds – 57 kilos) of the UFC 270 program, held in Anaheim (California)

In the first round, the Brazilian managed to take down Moreno but the fighter from Tijuana quickly recovered.

Both fighters engaged in dramatic exchanges of blows, with Moreno taking the initiative in many phases of the fight.

The two Latin American fighters received numerous blows to the face but resisted on their feet until the last bell and the final decision of the judges, which was questioned by Moreno.

“I think I threw more combinations, with more speed. Maybe he connected with a little more power but I felt like I won,” said the Mexican. “Many times I have fallen and I have always got up.”

Figueiredo and Moreno drew in their first meeting in 2020 and the Mexican prevailed in the second in June 2021.

Moreno then became the first Mexican-born fighter to win a UFC (The Ultimate Fighting Championship) championship title. Saturday’s fight was his first defense of the belt.

In the final bout on the card in Anaheim, Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou retained his UFC heavyweight championship belt by defeating France’s Ciryl Gane by unanimous decision.

Ngannou prevailed in five close rounds, adding a seventeenth victory to his record, for three registered losses.

Gane, meanwhile, hadn’t been beaten in his previous 10 bouts.


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