Brandon Moreno
The Assassin Baby


Getting another title shot in June
February 25, 2021
Moreno (shoulder/arm) agreed Thursday to take on Deiveson Figueiredo (toe/biceps) in a flyweight title rematch June 12 at UFC 263, Ariel Helwani of reports.
The two fighters previously fought to a draw at UFC 256 in Las Vegas, allowing Figueiredo (20-1-1) to retain the title belt he acquired in his victory over Joseph Benitez last July. Both Moreno (18-5-2) and Figueiredo were handed six-month medical suspensions for injuries suffered at UFC 256, but both should be back to 100 percent this summer for the rematch. After the draw with Figueiredo in their first meeting, Moreno returns to the Octagon with a six-fight unbeaten streak on the line.
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Facing medical suspension
December 17, 2020
Moreno was handed a six-month medical suspension Thursday as a result of suffering shoulder and arm injuries in his fight against Deiveson Figueiredo on Saturday, Marc Raimondi of reports.
As usual the suspension label for Moreno is somewhat of a formality. So long as he gains clearance from doctors, the Mexican can fight prior to when the suspension expires June 11. Moreno is a strong candidate to get a rematch with Figuereido after their fight ended in a draw last Saturday.
Fights to draw in epic clash
December 12, 2020
Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo fought to a majority draw (46-47, 47-47, 47-47) at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Of course, that means Figueiredo, who entered as champion, leaves with the belt. There are just days left in 2020 but these two combined for a legitimate Fight of the Year candidate. Moreno took everything the champ threw his way and kept on ticking. The toughness displayed by Moreno was truly remarkable. He endured countless body strikes from Figueiredo in addition to a vicious low blow that cost the champion a point in Round 3. All told, Moreno landed 124 significant strikes compared to 121 from the Brazilian. Moreno also landed four of eight takedown attempts, although the vast majority of them came in the later stages of rounds when Figueiredo appeared gassed. Moreno could not have fought any better or displayed more heart as a +290 underdog. It's exceedingly rare for a competitor who loses a title fight to see his stock soar through the roof but it happened here with the 27-year-old "Assassin Baby". Moreno is firmly entrenched as a legitimate contender at flyweight and it wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see the UFC decide to have these two run it back after this classic. After all, this bout was selected for Fight of the Night honors, giving both men an extra $50,000 to walk away with before the holidays.
Title fight granted
November 22, 2020
Moreno will face off against Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 256 in Las Vegas on Dec. 12 after the two fighters verbally agreed to the bout late Saturday night, Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting reports.
Moreno defeated Brandon Royval via TKO (injury) at 4:59 on Round 1 at UFC 255 on Saturday night in Las Vegas and immediately called for his title shot following the victory. Figueiredo handled his business against Alex Perez in the evening's main event and didn't take to accept what will be his second championship fight in three weeks. The two are hungry to prove that they're the best as they will make history Dec. 12 inn what will be the quickest turnaround for a championship fight in UFC history.
Closing in on title shot after win
November 21, 2020
Moreno defeated Brandon Royval via TKO (injury) at 4:59 of Round 1 at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
That performance should be more than enough to earn Moreno an opportunity at the winner of Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez's UFC Flyweight Championship fight which will take place later in the evening. A shoulder injury to Royval may have caused the finish here but there is little doubt who the better fighter is. In a fight that lasted 4:59, Moreno landed more than twice as many total strikes (53-24) as Royval in addition to landing his only two takedown attempts and racking up 3:01 worth of control time. Moreno is now 4-0-1 in his last five fights dating back to June 2019. Oh, he won't turn 27 years of age until next month. He deserves his opportunity.
Facing Brandon Royval at UFC 255
October 2, 2020
Moreno will now face Brandon Royval at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
A torn bicep for Cody Garbrandt started a chain reaction Friday, as Alex Perez moved from facing Moreno to Garbrandt's original opponent, Deiveson Figueiredo, opening up a gap against Moreno. Royval will fill that gap and will be looking for his third UFC victory in as many appearances.