UFC 263 primer: Figueiredo vs Moreno 2
Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno face off during the UFC 263 press conference | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Get up to date on the main event of UFC 263 between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno.
The co-main event of UFC 263 will feature a flyweight title fight between current champion Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1, MMA 9-1 UFC) and top contender Brandon Moreno (17-4-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC). UFC 263: Adesanya vs Vettori 2 airs live from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona this Saturday, June 13th. The main card will start with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7.00 p.m. PT, with the ESPN+ prelims beginning at 8:00 p.m. and the early prelims kicking off at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Figueiredo: 33 years old | 5’5” | 68” reach
Moreno: 27 years old | 5’7” | 70” reach
What have these two done recently?
Figueiredo: D – Brandon Moreno (DEC) | W – Alex Perez (SUB) | W – Joseph Benavidez (SUB)
Moreno : D – Deiveson Figueiredo (DEC) | W – Brandon Royval (TKO) | W – Jussier Formiga (SUB)
How did these two get here?
Deiveson Figueiredo has been demolishing most flyweights on the UFC roster for the last few years. The Brazilian’s journey to the UFC flyweight belt saw him dispatch Joseph Benavidez twice, both in brutal fashion. Figueiredo breezed past Alex Perez in his first title defense, but he met his match in Moreno when they fought last December. If Figueiredo was not deducted a point in that fight the outcome could have been very different. But for now, UFC 263 marks a chance for Figueiredo to erase any doubt that Moreno is the best flyweight in the world.
It’s easy to forget that Brandon Moreno is in his second UFC stint after being cut from the promotion in late 2018. ‘The Assassin Baby’ has not lost a fight since being resigned by the UFC in 2019, fighting to two draws and picking up three wins during that time. Among those wins included a first round TKO against Brandon Royval and decision victories against Jussier Formiga and Kai Kara France,
Why should you care?
If this fight is anything like the first, we will be in for a treat.