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The fourth chapter in the storied rivalry between reigning UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and interim titleholder Brandon Moreno is reportedly about to be finalized for UFC 283.
For the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the world in 2020, the MMA leader is set to return to Brazilian soil for the pay-per-view event scheduled for January 21, 2023.
With it, the promotion will no doubt bring a host of intriguing fights, featuring local fan favorites. It looks like one of the fighters competing in front of a home crowd at UFC 283 will be the flyweight king.
Rodrigo Del Campo González of Per Claro Sports, a unification showdown between Figueiredo and three-time opponent Moreno is targeted for the UFC’s return to Rio de Janeiro early next year.
Figueiredo and Moreno seek to install it in a unique tetralogy
If the fight is confirmed, it would mark an unprecedented fourth bout between the elite flyweight duo in the space of just over two years, all of whom had the 125-pound gold on the line.
The pair first collided in the main event of UFC 256 in December 2020. The two were returning to the Octagon on just 21 days notice, after earning two wins at the event UFC 255 November. In a five-round classic, a point deduction cost ‘Deus Da Guerra’ the victory, with the fight deemed majority.
After earning a rematch six months later with his seemingly unstoppable display against Figueiredo, Moreno capitalized on his second opportunity, submitting the Brazilian via rear-naked choke at UFC 263 last June.
Then, when top contender Alexandre Pantoja couldn’t set a desired date for the Mexican’s first defense, Figueiredo was brought in for an immediate shot at redemption. He achieved just that in the co-main event of UFC 270 last January, highlighting “The Assassin Baby” in their second 25-minute contest.
Now, after Moreno led the way with his interim title win over Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 in July, the pair are ready to add a fourth layer to their feud, which has certainly played its part in the revival. of the flyweight division.
And after being met with a chorus of boos earlier this year in California, Figueiredo will be aiming for a hero’s welcome when he wins Octagon gold in Brazil.
How do you think the fourth fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno will go?