It appears that the UFC have decided to go ahead with a flyweight title trilogy fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo, with the final showdown between the two targeted for UFC 269 on December 11th.
Moreno had been hoping to move on from this rivalry for the time being after having secured an impressive third round submission victory over Figueiredo in their second meeting back in June, which crowned him as the new 125lb champion.
That had immediately followed on from their first fight in December of last year that had saw the two fight to a majority draw decision after Figueiredo was deducted a point for several illegal groin strikes.
There were other fights out there for Moreno’s first title defense, such as Askar Askarov, who had risen to the No.2 contender spot after putting together a four-fight winning streak since a 2019 split draw verdict against Moreno in their promotional debuts, while the No.3 ranked Alexandre Pantoja holds a 2018 decision win over the new champion.
However, the flyweight division doesn’t have the biggest drawing power and so the rivalry between Moreno and Figueiredo still stands out from the rest for the time being.
Moreno vs. Figueiredo’s trilogy fight will take place on a UFC 269 card that will also see Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight title against Julianna Pena.