There was a lot of speculation about Brandon Moreno's next opponent. The brilliant Mexican won the UFC flyweight belt in June this year by defeating Deiveson Figueiredo in a rematch after their first fight in late 2020.
Moreno appeared noticeably more determined and tactically disciplined and totally dominated the Brazilian who was then defending the belt. After that, various fighters stated that they were the real candidates for Moreno's first title defense.
Figueiredo claimed he deserved a rematch because he gave it to Moreno immediately after they drew in the first match. Askar Askarov as an undefeated fighter and someone who also has a draw against the Mexican also seemed like a good option, but an injury took him away from the planned match against Alex Perez in the seventh month of this year.
Had the Russian then come forward and won, he would have further reinforced his argument. Alexandre Pantoja also hoped for an opportunity to attack the belt. The 31-year-old "Cannibal" fought Moreno twice and celebrated both times, once with a stoppage and the second time with a convincing referee's decision.
Pantoja is currently in a string of two wins and is third on the UFC’s challenger rankings in the flyweight category. Still, Alexandre Pantoja is reportedly not ready to fight later this year, and Brandon Moreno insisted on being as active as possible and was willing to accept any challenger.
After all, Deiveson Figueiredo is the one who will be on the opposite side of the Octagon when Moreno defends his title for the first time. "Deus da Guerra" fought for the trilogy against "Assassin Baby" and will try to return the belt to his ownership.
All sorts of reasons for the defeat were given by the Brazilian after Moreno beat him. From the changes in his gym, a bad day and even a difficult weight loss, and he recently stated that Moreno is running away from him because he does not want to lose his belt.
It seems that the Mexican will not run away and we will watch these two great fighters once again this year. Their match, according to currently available information, is scheduled to take place on Dec. 11 as part of the UFC 269 event.
Amanda Nunes will then also defend her bantamweight belt against Julianne Pena, and there is loud speculation about the fight between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira, at that event. If we add to that the fight of Cody Garbrandt and Kai Kara-France, and the program will still be filled over time, it seems that the UFC is preparing a great PPV show for the end of the year.