Brandon Moreno submits Deiveson Figueiredo in third spherical to end up UFC flyweight champion
GLENDALE, Arizona — Brandon Moreno wasn’t even alleged to be aggressive with Deiveson Figueiredo the primary time they fought in December.
And after showing he will be competitive in a majority draw, he nevertheless wasn’t purported to win their rematch Saturday.
No person will matter out to Brandon Moreno anymore.
Moreno (19-five-2) disappointed Figueiredo (20-2-1) in dominant style at UFC 263 inner Gila River arena,
submitting him thru rear-bare choke at 2:26 of the 0.33 round. Known as one of the most dangerous finishers in MMA,
Figueiredo looked lost towards Moreno, who became sincerely cut through UFC less than 3 years ago.
In triumphing, Moreno has become the first Mexican-born champion in UFC history.
Moreno says “I can’t even trust it,” . “that is a real dream come true.
I labored so toughly for this belt. I’ve 10 years as an expert, 15 years of training every single day.
… This moment is so unique. No longer just for me, however for all my humans, for my country,
for my circle of relatives, for my crew … For all people.”
Moreno, of Tijuana, regarded on factor from the instant the combat began.
He flippantly walked Figueiredo down with the jab and countered effectively when Figueiredo chose to throw his big pictures. He dropped Figueiredo with a left hand within the beginning round and had him badly hurt, however, the Brazilian survived and made it to the subsequent body.
Figueiredo, 33, regarded to exchange matters up and wrestle with Moreno inside the 2d and 0.33 rounds, but Moreno becomes greater than prepared.
He countered with effective grappling and truly confirmed greater hustle in certain moments.
He won most of the people of the scrambles and escaped any terrible positions Figueiredo controlled to get him in.
In step with UFC Stats, Moreno out-landed Figueiredo in total moves forty seven-24.
He additionally scored two takedowns to Figueiredo’s one and racked up 4:forty nine of control time compared with 1:30 for Figueiredo.
“I have a lot of admire for Deiveson,” Moreno stated.
“obviously, he attempted to make it something special,
to place more eyes in the combat, pushed me in the press conference, however definitely, when he drove me, I knew I gained the fight.
I won the combat there.
My self-assurance becomes very excessive and he regarded me as distinct.
He didn’t need to look me inside the eyes, he placed his sunshades on, he simply appeared distinct.”
It’s an outstanding tale of perseverance for Moreno, who was reduced through merchandising in 2018 while the flyweight department as a whole changed into jeopardy.
Simply ultimate year, Moreno changed into skipped in line for a name shot with the aid of former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt,
even though Garbrandt turned into ultimately pulled from that contest.
He is 3-0-2 in his past 5 fights as a making a betting underdog.
Simply 27, Moreno continues to be entering the high of his career.
For Figueiredo, it’s the first time he has been finished in his seasoned career and his first loss standard seeing that 2019.
“I am taking part at this moment because you never understand what occurs the next day, you never know what takes place a subsequent month,” Moreno said.