In the viciously competitive world of UFC, the flyweight division has been witnessing some tumultuous times. Reigning champion, Brandon Moreno, has seen his share of formidable contenders in the octagon, battling against Deiveson Figueiredo in four out of his last five appearances.
He also faced Kai Kara-France in an intervening bout. However, a fresh challenge now stands in his path: Alexandre Pantoja, the upcoming challenger at UFC 290, set to take place next month.
A New Challenge on the Horizon
Moreno's recent matches have been nothing short of nail-biting.
But the prospect of a fresh opponent has ignited an unusual sense of anticipation. Awaiting the incoming challenge, Moreno is aware of the formidable force Pantoja brings to the octagon. Despite an unsolicited proposition for a potential bout against Henry Cejudo, Moreno remains focused on his imminent defense.
The champion declared, "I don't want to disrespect (Pantoja) at all. I only left that comment because Henry was saying that he didn't know what was going to happen, that he might retire, and all I wanted to do was plant the seed like, 'Hey, don't go just yet.
Wait for me and give me a chance'" Evidently, the Moreno-Cejudo rivalry is brimming under the surface, but the flyweight champion acknowledges the immediate concern – defending his title against Alexandre Pantoja.
Cejudo's Controversial Return
Henry Cejudo has a complicated history with Moreno, steeped in unresolved scores.
His recent proposition to face Moreno in the octagon has stirred the pot, especially given his prior departure from the gym and training alongside Moreno's opponents. Cejudo, though, has expressed interest in both the fly and featherweight divisions.
Many believe Cejudo's ambition to venture into the featherweight division might be a step too far. Alexander Volkanovski, the current featherweight champion, towers over him both in size and reputation. It is widely considered that a safer and more strategic option for Cejudo would be aiming for the belt in the lower category.
Moreno also chimed in about another potential contender, Aljamain Sterling, saying, "I definitely think that Sterling won. I think that even having lost, I thought he looked good... I respect him a lot, but I do think he slightly looked, I don't want to say out of shape, but maybe rusty."
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