Former UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno’s next bout will not be a fourth fight in a row with current titleholder Deiveson Figueredo after all.
Reports state that Figueirdo is out for the time being due to an injury and so the UFC have now moved forward with plans to have Moreno fights Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 on July 30th to establish a new interim champion at 125lbs.
Moreno may well be glad to have the opportunity to fight someone other than Figueirdo after going up against him three times in the past two years, starting off with a majority draw, then earning a third round submission finish to win the title and most recently losing out by unanimous decision in their trilogy encounter.
However, he’s not facing a completely fresh opponent this time out as Moreno actually fought Kara-France back in December of 2019, beating him by unanimous decision.
Since then Kara-France has compiled a 4-1 run though, including his recent impressive three-fight winning streak that’s seen him KO Rogerio Bontorin and TKO Cody Garbrandt in the first round, along with a unanimous decision victory over the previously undefeated Askar Askarov.
Moreno vs. Kara-France would be joining a UFC 277 card that’s also expected to feature the likes of Luke Rockhold vs. Paulo Costa, Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich and Magomed Ankalaev vs. Anthony Smith.