DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VS BRANDON MORENO FACTS
When is UFC 263? Sunday 13th June, 2021 - 01:00 start (UK)
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DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VS BRANDON MORENO LOWDOWN
Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) was finally halted during his title reign but he was only slowed down. He was defending his flyweight strap for the second time, and it was an epic fight ending in a draw. So, since his unanimous decision loss to Jussier Formiga back in 2019, he is still unbeaten and building an impressive streak including the names of; Alexandre Pantoja, Tim Elliott, Joseph Benavidez (x2) and Alex Perez.
It is crazy to think the UFC cut Brandon Moreno (18-5-2) in 2018. He lost two unanimous decisions in a row to Sergio Pettis and Pantoja, but he was still young and developing. He quickly returned fighting to a draw with Askar Askarov who has become the hottest prospect in the division. He then racked up wins against Kai Kara-France, Formiga and Brandon Royval to prove he is championship calibre.
DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VS BRANDON MORENO PREDICTION
The narrative going into their first fight was whether Figueiredo could finish Moreno with his firepower or would Moreno weather the early storm and turn the fight around with his cardio. However, Moreno went toe-to-toe with the champion and Figueredo displayed some surprisingly good cardio himself creating a five-round war.
Figueiredo landed a staggering 137 significant strikes and Moreno matched him with 132. Moreno also landed four takedowns to Figueiredo’s two. The champion was landing the heavier shots which was swaying the judges, but he got a point deducted after an illegal groin strike in the third round.
If the fight is half as exciting as the first, the fans will be in for a treat, and we expect it to go a similar direction. Expect Figueiredo to open up with savage hooks to the body and head following up with elbows from range.
Moreno’s durability was incredible so it will be interesting to see if all of that damage he absorbed will compromise his chin. Either way, we can expect him to fire back back with his jab and head kicks.
Their defence will have to improve and do not be surprised if Moreno looks for more takedowns to tire out Figueiredo. However, the Brazilian’s explosiveness helped him spring up and burst out of the scrambles and his power and submission threat was also still there in the final round.
Their rehearsal will help the champion as Moreno delivered the best version of himself that night and we feel Figueiredo has even more to offer and if he is healthy and has a smooth weight, we can see him pulling off a finish.
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