- UFC flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo will defend his title against Brandon Moreno at UFC 256.
- He will be the first champion to defend his UFC belt in consecutive months and in consecutive numbered events.
- Figueiredo is a -255 betting favorite to beat Moreno at SportsBetting.ag as of 11/22/20.
Khamzat Chimaev has made a name for himself in the UFC for his quick turnaround fights. Chimaev fought twice in an unprecedented 10 days at Fight Island earlier this year. He then fought a third time last September 20th, setting another record for the shortest period to win three UFC bouts at 67 days.
Now, Deiveson Figueiredo is set to enter Khamzat Chimaev territory. After submitting Alex Perez at UFC 255 last weekend, Figueiredo will defend the UFC flyweight title again versus Brandon Moreno at UFC 256 on December 12th.
Less than two hours after his first flyweight title defense, Deiveson Figueiredo already verbally agreed to face top contender Brandon Moreno next month at UFC 256, multiple sources told @arielhelwani.
Moreno has verbally agreed to the fight as well, sources said. pic.twitter.com/xINyNc3ZuE
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 22, 2020
Fastest Turnaround Between Two Title Bouts
The champion gets his wish!
Deiveson Figueiredo wanted Brandon Moreno and Dana White confirms that @TheAssassinBaby will be his next title defence.
The God of War will take him on in just 21 days time! pic.twitter.com/yqys5RvCg4
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) November 22, 2020
The fight was announced by UFC President Dana White during the post-fight press conference of UFC 255 while Figueiredo and Moreno have verbally agreed to fight on the said event. As a result, the Brazilian will not return to his home country and will remain in Las Vegas to train for the quick turnaround fight which will take place at the UFC’s APEX Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This will mark the fastest turnaround between two UFC title bouts in the history of the promotion. It is also the first time ever in the UFC for a champion to defend his title in consecutive months and in consecutive numbered events. Since Moreno also fought at UFC 255, both fighters will have only 21 days in between fights.
Since UFC 256 has lost all of its title fights, it’s also likely that Figueiredo will become the first fighter to headline consecutive numbered UFC events. UFC 256 was supposed to have three title bouts: Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns, Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson, and Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling. But all three have fizzled out due to different reasons.
Dominant First Title Defense
Deiveson Figueiredo (-285) makes Alex Perez tap in the 1st round! #UFC255pic.twitter.com/7ZS0txem7v
— BetAmerica ? (@BetAmerica) November 22, 2020
Deiveson Figueiredo won the UFC flyweight title with an impressive rear-naked choke submission of Joseph Benavidez at UFC fight Island 2. His first title defense was just as dominant. The champion needed less than two minutes to force Alex Perez to tap out due to a guillotine choke.
Figueiredo is 9-1 with seven stoppages inside the UFC Octagon, with his only loss coming at the hands of Jussier Formiga in March 2019. Since that defeat, he’s won five consecutive bouts with four stoppage wins, including three that have come inside the first round. Overall, the Brazilian has a record of 20-1 with nine knockouts and eight wins via submission.
With the way he’s winning fights, Deiveson Figueiredo is definitely living up to this monicker as the Deus Da Guerra or the god of war. If you don’t think that’s impressive, go find another sport to watch. The champion is currently listed as a -255 betting favorite at SportsBetting.ag.
Finally Getting a Title Shot
Brandon Moreno wants his title shot after stopping Brandon Royval in the opening round at #UFC255.
Royval suffered a gnarly separated shoulder, which was popped back into socket after the fight. https://t.co/gruf0L0MFM pic.twitter.com/ZOB32pT4nm
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) November 22, 2020
Brandon Moreno is the former Legacy Fighting Alliance and World Fighting Federation flyweight champion. The 26-year old from Mexico is currently the UFC’s no. 1 ranked flyweight contender. He was forced to a draw in his UFC debut but has picked up three straight wins in a span of 11 months and has put himself in a position to challenge for the UFC flyweight title.
But Moreno got snubbed the last time out. The UFC gave the first crack at Figueiredo’s belt to former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. No Love pulled out of the fight and he was replaced by Alex Perez. Perez lasted just one minute and 57 seconds with the champion. Now, the UFC is giving Moreno his due.
Moreno is in his second stint with the UFC. He was 3-2 in his first tour of duty with the promotion and ousted from the roster. He returned to the UFC after winning the LFA flyweight belt and is 3-0 after a split draw against Askar Askarov. Moreno heads to his first title fight as a +215 betting underdog.