The rematch between UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno has been added to the UFC 263 card scheduled for June 12.
Figueiredo and Moreno fought to a majority draw in the main event of UFC 256 last December in one of the best fights of the year. Both men went the full 25-minute distance in an all-out war, but the judges were unable to come up with a winner at the end of the five rounds after a low blow from Figueiredo cost him a point during the fight and ultimately cost him the decision. However, the fact the fight was scored a draw made it an easy call for the UFC matchmakers to go and run it back.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was the first to report that Figueiredo vs. Moreno has been added to UFC 263. The event is set to take place on June 12, though the location and venue are both to-be-determined.
Figueiredo (20-1-1) is the UFC flyweight champion. The 33-year-old Brazilian is 9-1-1 overall in the UFC and he is unbeaten over his last six fights. Prior to the draw with Moreno, Figueiredo had defeated Joseph Benavidez twice and Alex Perez to mark a brilliant 2020 for the flyweight kingpin. He also holds notable UFC wins over Alexandre Pantoja and Tim Elliott, with his lone career loss coming against veteran grappler Jussier Formiga.
Moreno (18-5-2) is the No. 1 contender in the UFC flyweight division. The 27-year-old Mexican has had two stints in the UFC. The first time around, between 2016 and 2018, he went 3-2 but was released following consecutive losses to the aforementioned Pantoja and Sergio Pettis. After winning the LFA title, Moreno has looked terrific during his stint in the UFC. He is 3-0-2 overall since re-joining the UFC, with wins over the aforementioned Formiga, Brandon Royval, and Kai Kara-France.
Who do you think wins at UFC 263, Deiveson Figueiredo or Brandon Moreno?