Brandon Moreno penned his name down in the history books with a remarkable submission victory over Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 263 on Saturday night, Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
The two had fought out a “fight of the night” performance in their first meeting back in UFC 256 and a comparison could be made in Rematch on Saturday night. Only this time, Moreno made it more spectacular with an an awesome finish, tapping out the champion Figueiredo.
Moreno came out swinging early in the first round as he looked to make a statement, he was letting his hands go, while Figueiredo remained defensive and that was able to earn him some good counters. However, Moreno never relented, applied more aggression and even briefly dropped the champion and won the round.
Figueiredo bounced back in the second, switching things up and taking the fight to the canvas. Moreno couldn’t do much but tried his best to avoid getting hit, while his back was on the mat. Moreno successfully was able to take the fight off the mat and scored a takedown of his own, dominating with ground game till the end of the round.
The third round started with both fighters exchanging kicks at the center, Moreno quickly went in for a takedown but ended landing on the back of Figueiredo, immediately going for the rear naked choke but the champ was able to defend well. After some struggle, he went in again for the choke and got the tap.
Moreno now becomes the first Mexican UFC champion and this a new champion in the UFC Flyweight Division.