Deiveson Figueiredo defeats Tijuana-native Brandon Moreno to reclaim the featherweight belt in the trilogy battle.
On Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Mexican martial arts fans filled up the arena for UFC 270, where Brandon Moreno was competing to keep the featherweight belt in a clash against the Brazilian, Deiveson Figueiredo.
With this victory, the Brazilian fighter reclaimed the flyweight belt that he had lost to Moreno back in August of last year. Saturday night's trilogy battle was decided in an anonymous decision by the judges ringside, with a scorecard of 48-47 that gave the title back to Figueiredo.
The Brazilian said after the fight that it's a special day for him to walk away victorious in the fight of the night, and that he would like a 4th fight to be hosted in Mexico in the future.
"Today is my day," Figueiredo said after the fight. "For this moment, for Brandon, for us to give you the gift of a fight of the night, for everyone who was here. I've been away from my family for four months. I'm ready for a fourth fight against Brandon in Mexico." he added.
According to UFC experts, the Tijuana-native landed more total shots by the end of the fight, however, Figueiredo landed more power strikes that devastated Moreno's body, in particular at the end of the third round where Moreno was taken down by a right house by the Brazilian.
"I feel like I threw the better combinations with more speed, maybe he connected a little bit more power," Moreno said post-fight. "Obviously, I thought I won, but it is what it is right now. I feel I was putting better pace on the fight. I don't know. I need to watch the fight again and see what happened." he added.
This is now Moreno's first loss in an octagon since May of 2018.