Brandon Moreno
The Assassin Baby

Mexico

Finishing trilogy versus Figueiredo
FlyweightUFC
September 15, 2021
Moreno (foot) will defend his UFC Flyweight Championship against Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 269, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This will be the third time in a year the two have fought. The first bout ended in a majority draw that saw Figueiredo retain the title belt for six more months before Moreno bested him with a rear-naked choke at UFC 263 in June. Now it's Moreno's turn to defend the title as the two elite flyweights finish their trilogy.
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New flyweight champ picks up injury
FlyweightUFC
June 16, 2021
Moreno is facing a 180-day medical suspension, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moreno was able to submit Deiveson Figueiredo to become the new UFC Flyweight Champion last weekend, but he will need clearance from a doctor for a right foot injury or be unable to fight again until mid-December. Moreno suffered shoulder and arm injuries after his previous fight against Deiveson Figueiredo back in December that ended in a draw.
New UFC Flyweight Champion
FlyweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Moreno became the new UFC Flyweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Deiveson Figueiredo via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:26 of Round 3 at UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
Moreno was the very last coaches selection on his season of The Ultimate Fighter. He was also cut by the UFC in the past. He is now the company's flyweight champion. It was a dominant, bell-to-bell effort that few could have seen coming. Yes, Moreno looked excellent in fighting Figueiredo to a draw last December, but that appeared to be his ceiling. He had to eat dozens and dozens of power shots in that fight, and his chin appeared to be the only reason he saw the final bell. Moreno completely flipped the script here. He was the more aggressive man and won all the striking exchanges between the two. When he was done dominating Figueiredo on the feet, he torched him on the mat. The Brazilian appeared to be an unstoppable physical force, and Moreno blew past him as if he wasn't even there. An effort this dominant of course earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Moreno could drop his belt his next time out and this will still go down as one of the greatest and most unexpected moments in recent memory. Moreno (27) is now the youngest champion on the UFC roster and the first Mexican champion in the history off the company. Hats off to "The Assassin Baby".
Getting another title shot in June
FlyweightUFC
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 ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Facing medical suspension
FlyweightUFC
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 ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
FlyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.