Brandon Moreno put on a stunning show against Deiveson Figueiredo in the co-main event of UFC 263. The pair were meeting in their rematch, after having a bloodbath previously at UFC 256, which ended in a majority draw, with Figueiredo successfully defending his flyweight title.
However, at UFC 263, Brandon Moreno was on a different level. In just three rounds, he made Figueiredo tap, handing the Brazilian only his second loss in his entire MMA career. ‘The Assassin Baby, thereby, became the first-ever Mexican born champion in the history of the UFC.
Former UFC two-division champion Henry Cejudo took to Twitter to congratulate Moreno on his success. He reminisced the day they used to be training partners. Cejudo went on to state that he knew Moreno was going to become special someday. It is worth noting that Cejudo was one of the high-profile audience at the Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona, who witnessed the cracker of a contest.
“I’ve always known this man was special” – Henry Cejudo on Brandon Moreno
‘Triple C, wrote, “It’s crazy to say that we use to be main training partners for each other back in the day. I’ve always known this man was special and I’m not surprised he has the belt around his waist. Congratulations @theassassinbaby for becoming Mexico’s first UFC Champion. Ps you know what my favorite color is Brenda keep your hands up. #cejudoquesi”
Cejudo announced his retirement from the sport of MMA, after beating Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. He successfully defended his bantamweight belt that night. A few months after his retirement, Cejudo vacated his bantamweight belt. He was also the flyweight champion from August 2018 to February 2020. The Mexican wasn’t defeated, in fact, he vacated the belt in February 2020.
And now, it looks like Moreno would be continuing ‘Triple C’s legacy. Cejudo was also proud because he shares some Mexican connection as well. Moreno was overcome with joy and tears following his title win, even as a respectful Figueiredo lifted him.