Just weeks after both competing at UFC 255, UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo fought in Saturday’s UFC 256 main event against Brandon Moreno. Here’s how the fight went.
Bout 10: Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1) vs. Brandon Moreno (18-5-1) (UFC Flyweight Championship)
Figueiredo clinched with Moreno in the opening minute of the fight. Moreno took Figueiredo down, although Figueiredo was quick to get back up to his feet. Both fighters were landing jabs early on. Moreno went to his back on the ground after slipping. Figueiredo tried going to the ground, although Moreno was able to trip him, buying him time to stand up to his feet again. Both fighters were connecting with strikes on the feet. Figueiredo closed the round out well, chasing Moreno down for a minute, landing strikes throughout.
Figueiredo landed a combo of punches in the second minute of the second round, including a hard right hook. Moreno scored a trip takedown in the second minute of the round. A pause came from the position as Moreno was accidentally poked in the eye. The fight resumed on the ground afterwards. Figueiredo was quick to escape the position, landing a series of punches when back on the feet. Moreno connected with a hard right hand in the fourth minute. Moreno protested pain in his eye after being with a combination of punches. The fight continued, with the referee stressing that there was no eye poke. Moreno scored a takedown while recovering. The fight went back up to the feet before they ran out of time.
Figueiredo tagged Moreno with a series of punches early in the third round. Moreno caught a kick, allowing him to press forward with strikes while Figueiredo was pushed back. Pressing forward, Figueiredo landed a series of punches, scoring to the head and body. Moreno clinched with Figueiredo in the second minute, separating eventually. Figueiredo accidentally landed a groin shot in the fourth minute of the round, causing a break. Figueiredo was deducted a point for the groin kick. They resumed after roughly two minutes of a break. Figueiredo took Moreno down for a moment in the fourth minute of the round. Moreno landed a hard overhand right late in the round.
Moreno had sharp striking early in the fourth round, stringing together singular punches along with combinations. Figueiredo seemingly got wobbled by a head kick that was partially blocked. Figueiredo looked for a takedown a minute into the round, although Moreno was able to stop the attempt and score a takedown of his own. Figueiredo stood up a minute later, landing a combo of punches after. Figueiredo got hurt halfway through the round due to punches. Figueiredo backed Moreno up against the cage late in the round with punches, although Moreno countered by scoring a takedown. They got back to their feet in the final moments of the round, where Moreno landed a few more hooks.
Moreno’s right arm started to swell greatly in the final round. The pace of the fight slowed down significantly in the final round, although Figueiredo was seemingly out-striking. Instead of throwing the wild, multiple strike combinations that were thrown in the rounds before, they were throwing singular shots. Moreno clinched with Figueiredo in the final minute of the round. They went down, where Figueiredo landed some ground and pound before the round ran out of time. Needing judges to determine the fate of the belt, (47-46 Figueiredo, 47-47 & 47-47).
RESULT: Devieson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno via Decision, Draw (UFC Flyweight Championship)
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