Brandon Moreno to Defend UFC Flyweight Title Against Familiar Foe, Deiveson Figueiredo

It’s a case of tres-jà vu for Brandon Moreno.

The 27-year-old Mexican professional mixed martial artist and reigning UFC flyweight champion‘s first title defense will come against a familiar foe — former champion Deiveson Figueiredo.

Brandon Moreno, Deiveson Figueiredo

Moreno (19-5-2) has agreed to defend his 125-pound championship against Figueiredo (20-2-1) at UFC 269 on December 11 at a site to be determined. Contracts for the matchup should be finalized soon. It will mark the third meeting between the two flyweights.

The UFC initially looked into booking Moreno against Brazilian title challenger Alexandre Pantoja. But Pantoja will not be ready to compete before the end of the year due to a knee injury.

Moreno’s team told ESPN the he wanted to fight again before the end of 2021 and was open to any challenger. Moreno is also committed to keeping the flyweight division moving. Thus far, there has been only one 125-pound title fight this year.

Moreno, of Tijuana, Mexico, claimed the title in a third-round submission victory over Figueiredo at UFC 263 in June. Prior to that, the two fought to a majority draw in November 2020, a bout many considered to be the fight of that year.

Figueiredo, of Belem, Brazil, has campaigned for an immediate rematch ever since his loss to Moreno. He struggled with his health prior to the first fight and was adamant Moreno owed him a rematch since he granted Moreno a second fight after their draw.

A female bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena is set to headline UFC 269.

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