Deiveson Figueiredo: Fight vs. Brandon Moreno is personal
Deiveson Figueiredo defended his flyweight title in dominating fashion at UFC 255, submitting Alex Perez in under two minutes. On the same card, Brandon Moreno TKO’d Brandon Royval with one second to go in Round 1. Moreno had been scheduled to fight Perez, but saw his initial opponent moved to the main event title fight when the originally scheduled challenger Cody Garbrandt withdrew with a torn bicep.
Meanwhile, the UFC 256 main event Amanda Nunes featherweight defense vs. Megan Anderson was delayed indefinitely when “The Lioness” was injured, and the co-main Petr Yan bantamweight defense vs. Aljamain Sterling was delayed indefinitely when Yan withdrew for personal reasons. So Figueiredo and Moreno stepped up on short notice, taking a title fight just 21 days from their last.
At the UFC 255 post-fight press conference, Figueiredo said it’s personal, because of comments Moreno made in previous interviews.
“I think I’m going to destroy him,” said Figueiredo. “If I touch him, I’m going to break him. Just touching him. Because Brandon Moreno talk a lot of bad things about me. I have a personal problem with Brandon Moreno. I think I’m going to destroy Brandon Moreno in December. But I want the boss to show the desire to see this fight.”
To date, no UFC champion has ever fought in consecutive months, and Figueiredo reportedly cuts 25 pounds, but he remains undaunted.
“The pressure I’m going to have to get the weight, he’s going to have,” said Figueiredo. “We’re in the same spot. It’s a war for both sides. If I have pressure, he’s going to have pressure.”
UFC 256 is shaping up to be a terrific card, although it lacks a monster headliner:
Deiveson Figueiredo (c) vs. Brandon Moreno for the flyweight championship
Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira
Marvin Vettori vs. Jacare Souza
Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba
Junior dos Santos vs. Ciryl Gane
Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill
Cub Swanson vs. Daniel Pineda
Li Jingliang vs. Dwight Grant
Gillian Robertson vs. Andrea Lee
Billy Quarantillo vs. Gavin Tucker
Chase Hooper vs. Peter Barrett
Karl Roberson vs. Dalcha Lungiambula
Renato Moicano vs. Rafael Fiziev