Brandon Moreno

The Assassin Baby

Mexico

Crushing main event defeat
FlyweightUFC
February 24, 2024
Moreno lost to Brandon Royval via split decision (47-48, 49-46, 47-48) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Mexico City.
ANALYSIS
The very definition of a coin flip, this one could have gone either way. That's of little solace to Moreno, who entered as a -300 favorite and fought hard for 10 minutes before becoming stunningly ineffective over the course of the final three rounds. Simply put, Moreno got outworked by Royval late. Moreno may have landed the harder blows, but Royval's output and the former's tendency to turtle up and allow his opponent to fire cost him this fight. Moreno spent most of Round 5 trying to hold Royval up against the fence, only for referee Herb Dean to separate the fighters on multiple occasions. You would guess Moreno was perhaps sick or hurt, but he appeared fine after the final bell rang. The 49-46 scorecard, the only one which went in Moreno's favor, was awful. We all know the flyweight division lacks depth, but a late-notice main event loss in your home country as a massive favorite is going to be difficult to overcome for Moreno, particularly in the short term. The 30-year-old drops to 2-3 in his past five bouts.
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Facing Brandon Royval in Mexico
FlyweightUFC
January 11, 2024
Moreno is scheduled to face Brandon Royval in a flyweight bout at the UFC's Feb. 24 event in Mexico City, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Moreno was originally set to face Amir Albazi in a featherweight bout, but Albazi has withdrawn due to undisclosed circumstances. Moreno's new opponent, Brandon Royval, last fought Dec. 16, falling to Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision. Royval struggles when it comes to takedown defense, so Moreno will look to get him to the canvas when the two men square off in six weeks.
Set to fight Albazi
FlyweightUFC
December 2, 2023
Moreno will fight Amir Albazi on Feb. 24 in Mexico City, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Coming off a Flyweight Championship loss to Alexandre Pantoja, Moreno will surely be looking to get back in the win column quickly. Doing so could be challenging against Albazi, who remains undefeated through five fights in the UFC.
Drops UFC Flyweight Championship
FlyweightUFC
July 8, 2023
Moreno lost the UFC Flyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Alexandre Pantoja via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 47-48) at UFC 290 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a brilliant fight that had everything, but two of the three judges got this correct. The 49-46 scorecard in favor of Moreno is particularly awful. In a 25-minute, back-and-forth war, the only clear frame the now-former champion won was the second. Moreno had the edge in terms of cardio, but he allowed Pantoja to land 6-of-11 takedown attempts for 8:26 worth of control time. He spent north of two minutes in each of the final three rounds being controlled on the mat -- an exceptionally bad visual in an exceedingly close bout. Brandon did do an brilliant job of reversing position on the mat on a regular basis, but he simply got outworked a good portion of the final 20 minutes. All that said, the gap between these two is non-existent, and the UFC could very easily book a rematch here despite the fact Pantoja has now one each of the first three fights between the two. Both men will also walk away from this matchup with a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.
Title defense scheduled
FlyweightUFC
April 12, 2023
Moreno will face Alexandre Pantoja in a bout for the flyweight championship at UFC 290 in Las Vegas on July 8, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moreno will be making his first defense of his second championship reign. Pantoja defeated Moreno back in May 2018, but the latter has lost only one of his 10 fights since that aforementioned defeat. The sole loss was to Deiveson Figueiredo, whom Moreno outlasted in a championship quadrilogy that recently ended at UFC 283.
New undisputed flyweight champ
FlyweightUFC
January 21, 2023
Moreno became the new undisputed UFC Flyweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Deiveson Figueiredo via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 3 at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Of the four fights between the two, this was the most clear cut. Moreno seemed to be a step ahead the entire way, led by three successful takedowns on six attempts. He dodged a deep guillotine attempt from Figueiredo early in Round 2 before landing what ended up being the fight-ending punch early in Round 3. It cracked Deiveson in his right eye, leaving it completely swollen shut by the time the frame was over. Stopping the fight was the correct call. Moreno has lost once since May 2018 and that was in his prior bout against Figueiredo. It seems likely Alexandre Pantoja will be next in line for Moreno's title. For what it's worth, the two fought in May 2018, with Pantoja winning via unanimous decision. Brandon is a much better fighter now than he was back then.