Why are we getting Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno 4? Have there been any quadrilogies in the UFC?
For those unaware, the quadrilogy fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno is set to take place at UFC 283, in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil. The fight will come a year after Figueiredo beat Moreno for the flyweight title at UFC 270.
The rivalry shared by Figueiredo and Moreno is one of the most intense ones in the UFC, and not by a stretch of the imagination, the history of MMA. Except for the duo’s fight in 2021, each of their fights have looked extremely close. The purpose of scheduling two fighters against each other can be multi-fold. However, the main reason is for the promotion and the fans to see for themselves who the better MMA fighter is, and then make the shift in the rankings. This hasn’t been the case with this duo.
Briefly recapping their history – the two first met during the pandemic, at the UFC Apex in December 2020, where the fight was deemed a majority draw, and for good reason, given how close the encounter really was. Fast forward to June next year, Brandon Moreno executed one of the tightest rear naked chokes to give Figueiredo no option but to tap, inciting a wave of adoring passion from the overwhelming Mexican support in the crowd.
The two locked horns earlier this year, in order to finally settle the debate of who the greater flyweight really is. In yet another closely contested bout, Figueiredo triumphed on the judges’ scorecards and won back his flyweight title. However, at this juncture, the duo stands with a draw, and a victory each. It is imperative that a quadrilogy be granted, and granted it has been, as the two will fight each other in Brazil early next year.
To answer the second question, no, the UFC has never put on a quadrilogy. Trilogies are more popular in the promotion, however. In March, fans will get to see the highly anticipated Kamaru Usman vs Leon Edwards trilogy, and the Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor trilogy was one of the biggest fights of all time. However, the UFC will see its first quadrilogy in a months’ time.
The state of the flyweight division seems to be stalling as Figueiredo and Moreno meet for the fourth time
Despite the UFC pinning its hopes on a fourth fight giving finality to the question of who is the better fighter and who should be crowned the undisputed champion, the promotion will run into a bigger problem if the bout is still indecisive.
And that will not heed well for the division, given the fact that there is a slew of up-and-coming talent in the rankings. Earlier this year, to cement yet another bonafide title shot, the UFC made Brandon Moreno take on the ever-exciting Kai Kara-France for the interim flyweight championship. The fight was more or less cagey, till Moreno disabled Kara-France’s movement with a liver kick, and won via TKO.
Like Kai Kara-France who contested for the interim belt, Alexandre Pantoja is also waiting in the wings for a title shot. With stunning striking, any night could be his, and against any opponent. Additionally, Brandon Royval has really impressed the fans in the last few years, and could also be a favorite to become champion. Hence, in the interests of the division, the quadrilogy between Figueiredo and Moreno must resolve the question that has been on the lips of every fan for around two years now.