Moreno Questions The Legitimacy Of ‘Coward’ Figueiredo’s Health Status

Former UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno isn’t putting much stock into Deiveson Figueiredo’s recent injury claims. Moreno fell to Figueiredo in a trilogy bout back at UFC 270 earlier this year. It was another competitive fight from start to finish between the two top flyweights, with Figueiredo earning a unanimous decision victory. The two had…

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Former UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno isn’t putting much stock into Deiveson Figueiredo’s recent injury claims.

Moreno fell to Figueiredo in a trilogy bout back at UFC 270 earlier this year. It was another competitive fight from start to finish between the two top flyweights, with Figueiredo earning a unanimous decision victory.

The two had been expected to fight for a fourth time in July, but negotiations fell through. The UFC has booked an interim flyweight title bout between Moreno and surging contender Kai Kara-France for UFC 277.

Figueiredo recently suffered an injured finger which then prompted the UFC to book the interim title matchup between Moreno and Kara-France. But, Moreno isn’t buying that the Brazilian’s injury is significant enough to postpone a potential fourth battle in the Octagon.

During a recent interview with MMA Junkie’s Spanish podcast Hablemos MMA, Moreno sounded skeptical about Figueiredo’s current health status.

“Not to make a whole thing out of it, but he was ready to fight me this past pay-per-view event in May (UFC 274), but he asked for a lot of money and UFC denied him,” Moreno claimed. “That’s when the excuses started. If the guy is truly injured, speedy recovery, all the best to him. But if he’s not, I think a lot of people are thinking the same thing. So I don’t know, I think it’s very cowardly from his part, but whatever. My goal right now is to close that chapter with Deiveson (Figueiredo) and give that respect that Kai (Kara-France) deserves because he’s a very dangerous opponent.”

Moreno had earned the belt over Figueiredo by submitting him in their rematch at UFC 263. Their first fight ended up being a majority draw at UFC 256, with Figueiredo retaining the belt.

The tension between Moreno and Figueiredo has ramped up in recent months following Figueiredo’s accusations of racism from Moreno and his team. This initially seemed to be the main catalyst for the fourth fight between the two 125lb fighters not coming to fruition.

It’s unclear how long Figueiredo will need to recover from his finger injury. With a victory over Kara-France later this year, Moreno will almost certainly get his bitter rival Figueiredo next for the fourth time.

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Royval: Moreno vs. Kara-France Sucks For Me

UFC flyweight Brandon Royval isn’t happy that his title ambitions will be put on ice by the proposed interim title fight between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara France. Royval is back among the flyweight division’s top five after making a statement against Matt Schnell at UFC 274 last weekend. The 29-year-old took just over two…

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UFC flyweight Brandon Royval isn’t happy that his title ambitions will be put on ice by the proposed interim title fight between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara France.

Royval is back among the flyweight division’s top five after making a statement against Matt Schnell at UFC 274 last weekend. The 29-year-old took just over two minutes to sink in a guillotine choke and notch up his second successive victory.

Royval is now very much in the flyweight title picture, having successfully rebounded from back-to-back losses against Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja. The Colorado native seems to have recaptured the rich vein of form that saw him earn submission wins over Tim Elliot and Kai Kara France following his UFC debut in 2020.

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Brandon Royval submits Matt Schnell at UFC 274 (PHOTO: ZUFFA).

Royval Rues Bad Timing Of Proposed Interim Title Fight

Royval’s title ambitions, however, will likely be hampered by doings other than his own. “Raw Dawg” is expected to face #3 ranked Pantoja in August, and if he wins, will surely be next in line for a title shot. However, with an interim title fight between Moreno and Kara France in the works for July, the prospect of a long wait to face champ Deiveson Figueiredo beckons for Royval.

Speaking to MMA News, Royval says that while he’s looking forward to watching the interim bout, he’s ruing the fact that it will likely hold up his title ambitions, and that his resurgence hadn’t come sooner.

“The matchup’s gonna be good, man,” said Royval. “I’m sure they’re both gonna bring it. It’s one of those that it’s like, I wish I could’ve earned my spot in there quicker, but it is what it is. It kinda sucks for me, in my position, ’cause it holds up the division for me, ’cause the winner of this fight is gonna go on and probably fight Figgy next… I just wish it was at a sooner date. I wish they’d just schedule that next month.”

There is, however, a glimmer of hope that Royval can bypass the wait for a title shot. If either Moreno or Kara France are forced to pull out of their interim bout, Brandon is more than willing to step in.

“I’m gonna stay on weight,” said Royval. “If any of those guys get hurt, man, I’m just gonna be ready at all times. Why not? If I know anything about this sport, the biggest opportunities don’t come with a lot of notice. Big opportunities come with short notice and always being ready… stay ready ’cause you never know what’s gonna happen.”

What do you think? Will Brandon Royval soon be fighting for the flyweight title?

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Report | Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France 2 Booked For Interim Title Fight At UFC 277

Brandon MorenoAn interim flyweight championship rematch between former undisputed division champion, Brandon Moreno, and the surging contender, Kai Kara-France has been booked to feature at UFC 277 on July 30. At the time of publication, an official location or venue for the event has yet to be determined by the organization. Brandon Moreno holds a prior […]

Brandon Moreno

An interim flyweight championship rematch between former undisputed division champion, Brandon Moreno, and the surging contender, Kai Kara-France has been booked to feature at UFC 277 on July 30. At the time of publication, an official location or venue for the event has yet to be determined by the organization.

Brandon Moreno holds a prior unanimous judging win over Kai Kara-France

Initially meeting at UFC 245 in December 2019, former flyweight champion, Brandon Moreno handed City Kickboxing standout, Kai Kara-France a unanimous decision defeat in an early preliminary card showdown.

In his most recent outing, Tijuana native, Moreno was defeated by current champion, Deiveson Figueiredo in the co-main event of UFC 270 in January, dropping his undisputed championship in a third fight between the two.

Turning in his third straight victory back in March, Kara-France scooped the #2 rank at 125lbs with a unanimous decision title-eliminator win over Askar Askarov at UFC Columbus over the course of three rounds. Per Ariel Helwani, the aforenoted Figueiredo is still recovering from an injury to his finger, resulting in the introduction of an interim title fight between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France. 

19-6-2 as a professional, Moreno who has achieved gold during his second tenure with the organization, managed to successfully clinch the undisputed crown in the co-main event of UFC 263 back in June of last year – defeating Figueiredo with a third round rear-naked choke

The pair initially met in the headliner of UFC 256 in December of 2020, with Figueiredo retaining his championship after the bout was judging a majority draw following a point deduction against the Brazilian due to an illegal groin strike. 

Before his draw with Figueiredo, Moreno had embarked on his winning run with his judging success against Kara-France, as well as lodging other victories against Jussier Formiga, and a finish against recent UFC 274 winner, Brandon Royval.

24-9(1) as a professional, before his win over common-foe, Askarov earlier this year, Kara-France stopped former undisputed bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, in the latter’s flyweight bow – adding to another knockout success against Rogerio Bontorin.

Full UFC 277: Julianna Peña vs. Amanda Nunes 2 Fight Card Revealed

The full fight card for July’s UFC 277 pay-per-view was revealed during the UFC Vegas 55 broadcast, and the main event will feature the highly anticipated bantamweight title rematch between champion Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes. It had already been confirmed that Peña and Nunes would fight at the conclusion of the current season of…

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The full fight card for July’s UFC 277 pay-per-view was revealed during the UFC Vegas 55 broadcast, and the main event will feature the highly anticipated bantamweight title rematch between champion Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes.

It had already been confirmed that Peña and Nunes would fight at the conclusion of the current season of The Ultimate Fighter of which both women are coaching. Now, we know the date and location, as the PPV event will take place on July 30 in Dallas, Texas.

Also made official is the interim flyweight bout between Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France. Champion Deiveson Figueiredo is currently sidelined with a finger injury, and there is no clear timetable for his return.

Kai Kara-France earned a crack at interim gold by pulling together three consecutive wins, the last two coming over former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in a Performance of the Night-winning outing as well as a unanimous decision over Askar Askarov last March.

Former champion Brandon Moreno has only lost one fight in his last eight fights, with the sole defeat being against Figueiredo in their trilogy fight at UFC 270. Prior to this, Moreno defeated Figueiredo via rear-naked choke to win the title at UFC 263 and thereby became the first Mexican-born champion in the promotion’s history.

Also made official on the main card is the return of KO king Derrick Lewis, where the slugger will be facing Sergei Pavlovich.

It has also been confirmed that Paulo Costa will be remaining at middleweight after all as he will officially be facing the returning Luke Rockhold in a bout that will no doubt have many eyes locked in. And closing out the main card is a major bout between top-5 light heavyweights Magomed Ankalaev (#4) and Anthony Smith (#5).

You can view the full lineup for UFC 277: Peña vs. Nunes below!

UFC 277 Main Card

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship Bout: Julianna Peña (c) vs. Amanda Nunes

Interim Flyweight Championship Bout: Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France

Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich

Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold

Magomed Ankalaev vs. Anthony Smith

Preliminary Card

Justin Tafa vs. Don’Tale Mayes

Drew Dober vs. Rafael Alves

Diego Ferreira vs. Drakkar Klose

Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Michael Morales

Ji Yeon Kim vs. Mariya Agapova

Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Ihor Potieria

Which fight are you most looking forward to on the UFC 277 card?

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Dana White Shuts Down The Probability Of Figueiredo vs. Moreno 4

Dana White may not be booking a fourth fight between flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno after all. The flyweight championship may be taking a turn. A few months ago, it seemed like the champion Figueiredo was on a crash course with his familiar foe Moreno, but that may have changed. When asked about…

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Dana White may not be booking a fourth fight between flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno after all.

The flyweight championship may be taking a turn. A few months ago, it seemed like the champion Figueiredo was on a crash course with his familiar foe Moreno, but that may have changed. When asked about the probability of that fight being made next, UFC President Dana White shut it down quickly.

“Probably not. Yeah, it’s probably not gonna happen,” White said.

Back in March, the rumors of the fourth fight between Figueiredo and Moreno began to circulate. The targeted date for the next chapter between them was July, however as the summer began to creep up, this began to change.

First, Figueiredo cited Moreno and his team as racists and asked the UFC not to make that fight with them. Moreno denied this claim and urged the fight to continue.

More recently Figueiredo began talking about needing time off to heal from an injury. He claimed he would be able to fight but would not be at 100 percent. All of these reasons seem to lean towards the fact that the fourth fight between these two in a row may not be the optimal option at this point.

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Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno

If and when Figueiredo is ready to return, another option could be Kai Kara-France. He offered to be the fill-in when the Tetralogy was first announced. Kara-France is on a three-fight win streak, with his most recent win coming over Askar Askarov in March.

As for Moreno, his last three fights were battling it out with Figueiredo, both winning and losing the title. He is still ranked number one in the division, and with the champ on the shelf for an undisclosed amount of time, it could be him against Kara-France next.

Would you want to see the fourth fight between Figueiredo and Moreno?

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Moreno Reveals The Main Frustration He Had As Champion

Former UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno has revealed the main concern he had in the weeks following his title crowning last year. In a year filled with memorable gold-winning performances, including Glover Teixeira’s late ascent to the light heavyweight mountaintop at UFC 267 and Julianna Peña’s upset victory over former two-division queen Amanda Nunes at…

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Former UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno has revealed the main concern he had in the weeks following his title crowning last year.

In a year filled with memorable gold-winning performances, including Glover Teixeira’s late ascent to the light heavyweight mountaintop at UFC 267 and Julianna Peña’s upset victory over former two-division queen Amanda Nunes at UFC 269, another heart-warming moment came in the form of Mexico’s first titleholder.

Having fought to a draw in his first opportunity in 2020, Moreno was granted an immediate second crack at dethroning the previously-dominant Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 263 last June. After imposing his will in the opening two rounds, “The Assassin Baby” floored “Deus Da Guerra” in the third frame and submitted him with a tight rear-naked choke.

From a release in 2018 to gold around his waist in 2021, Moreno’s journey has certainly been a special one.

Moreno: I Was Concerned And Afraid After UFC 263

While the moment will go down as one of the career-defining victories for Moreno and represented the start of a rise to stardom in the sport, championship status wasn’t without its hardships.

During an appearance on The Fight with Teddy Atlas in the aftermath of his trilogy loss to Figueiredo at UFC 270, Moreno reflected on his experience with the belt.

“So, I need to be very honest with you guys. I remember immediately after the fight (UFC 263), my manager told me, like, ‘Hey man, go to home and do a little bit with your family because you will be busy for a few weeks.’ I did a media tour in Mexico City, I had a media tour in Los Angeles, and a little one in San Diego I think,” said Moreno. “I did a lot of things and, you know, a lot of interviews. I meet a lot of people, a lot of famous people in Mexico; I meet the president of my country, so that’s crazy.”

But while it allowed him to interact with the likes of Canelo Álvarez and the President of Mexico, the 28-year-old admitted the change in his routine and inability to maintain his training schedule caused him concern and frustration for the first month of his reign.

“That was like, three weeks, one month (after winning the title). In that month, I was a little bit concerned and a little bit afraid because my rhythm of training is high, very high. I have to train like two to three times per day, every single day,” added Moreno.

“In that moment, I was doing a lot of media and a lot of videos and, in my mind, I was a little bit frustrated because all the other contenders in my division, they’re training so hard and trying to get the title. Now, I have a little target on my back with all these guys (coming after it), and I was putting my pretty face in the cameras and everything. I was a little bit concerned and frustrated.”

While the belt may no longer be in his possession, the goal remains the same for Moreno; grow the sport of MMA in his home country and achieve success, both for himself and his family.

For “The Assassin Baby,” the way to do that is by regaining the title in a fourth clash with arch-rival Figueiredo.

Would you like to see an immediate fourth fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo? If not, who should “The Assassin Baby” face next?

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