Muhammad Mokaev sees the third match in the Moreno vs. Figueiredo trilogy going to Deiveson Figueiredo – but only if the Brazilian can finish the fight early.
The flyweight fight has a very different finish if it goes the distance at UFC 270 in January, Mokaev told The AllStar’s John Hyon Ko. The smaller Brandon Moreno is more athletic and likely to outlast Figueiredo over five rounds, he said.
Mokaev, one of the top bantamweight prospects from Europe and a recent UFC signing, was commenting on the latest match-up in an intriguing series of fights. The first ended in a draw, while the rematch saw Moreno finish Figueredo by rear-naked choke in the third round.
In the next fight, Figueiredo “will be hungry a little bit more I believe. Also, he’s a big flyweight. For one, two rounds he’s strong but third, fourth, fifth, he slows down. Moreno is a smaller flyweight. Not small but smaller than Figueiredo but more athletic and could go to distance. For example, the fight against Asker Askerov.”
“I think Figueiredo maybe early rounds,” Mokaev said. “If it’s not early rounds, probably a decision for Moreno.”
The Dagestani-born fighter, who lives in England, made headlines last month when he officially signed with the UFC. The 21-year-old is unbeaten over his six pro fights and boasts an impressive 23-0 amateur run.
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Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno is a 27 year old male fighter from Mexico with 19 pro wins and 5 losses. Moreno is scheduled to fight Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 270: N’Gannou vs. Gane on Saturday January 22, 2022.
Moreno’s recent form coming into this matchup
Moreno has gone 4-0-1 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Deiveson Figueiredo • Submission R3 2:26 • 2021-06-12
- Draw vs Deiveson Figueiredo • Decision R5 5:00 • 2020-12-12
- Win vs Brandon Royval • KO/TKO R1 4:59 • 2020-11-21
- Win vs Jussier Formiga • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-03-14
- Win vs Kai Kara-France • Decision R3 5:00 • 2019-12-14
Brandon Moreno’s next opponent: Deiveson “Deus da Guerra” Figueiredo
Deiveson “Deus da Guerra” Figueiredo’s recent form coming into this matchup
Deiveson “Deus da Guerra” Figueiredo is a 33 year old male fighter from Brazil with 20 pro wins and 2 losses. Figueiredo is scheduled to fight Brandon Moreno at UFC 270: N’Gannou vs. Gane on Saturday January 22, 2022.
Figueiredo has gone 3-1-1 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Loss vs Brandon Moreno • Submission R3 2:26 • 2021-06-12
- Draw vs Brandon Moreno • Decision R5 5:00 • 2020-12-12
- Win vs Alex Perez • Submission R1 1:57 • 2020-11-21
- Win vs Joseph Benavidez • Submission R1 4:48 • 2020-07-18
- Win vs Joseph Benavidez • KO/TKO R2 1:54 • 2020-02-29
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