The current reigning UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno is not that surprised to be booked against the former champion Deiveson Figueiredo for the third time. Top-tier contenders Alexandre Pantoja and Askar Askarov are dealing with injuries, and UFC has officially confirmed the third fight between Moreno and Deiveson.
The reigning Flyweight champion has added his own thoughts regarding his upcoming trilogy fight against Figueiredo but he was more critical towards his opponent as he commented, “I’m trying to be very real with my people on social media. I’m trying to be very real in my regular life, but this guy is like…sometimes, I think this guy doesn’t believe in his words. When he talks, its like everything is talk about lies and the fake people around him. It is what it is. I’m tired of that, but a fight is a fight and I’m ready to fight him again.”
As for the Trilogy fight, both Moreno and Figueiredo are laser-focused as Figueiredo has been training under former 2-division champion Henry Cejudo. Whereas, Moreno is training alongside Boxing legend Canelo Alvarez.
“My only job is to train so hard,” Brandon Moreno is focused ahead of his fight against Dieveson Figuerido
In an interview with The MMA Hour, Brandon stated, “Figueiredo is my best sponsor ever”. I never had another sponsor like Figueiredo. He’s paying my house, He’s paying my car, so we can do it again.” Moreno also added that Pantoja and Askarov are the most worthy candidates to challenge him. While also discussing the possibilities of facing Cody Garbrandt, who’s moving down a division after several setbacks to take on Kai-Kara-France at UFC 269.
Moreno believes the winner of Pantoja and Askarov should be the number one contender, but he isn’t challenging the company’s decision, “I am the champion and I need to wait for the offer. My only job is to train so hard”. Moreno’s emotional victory over Figueiredo at UFC 263 has been embedded in UFC’s history as it was a very inspiring moment to see Moreno win the title that he had dreamed and worked hard for.
As the event comes closer the two fighters are sharpening their skills as this fight seems to be the decisive one in their rivalry.