At UFC 263, flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) and challenger Brandon Moreno (18-5-2) will lock horns once again inside the cage. Their first meeting at UFC 256 was an absolute banger. However, the rematch could play out differently.
After sustaining almost zero damage against Alex Perez at UFC 255, champion Deiveson Figueiredo had a quick turnaround against Brandon Moreno, as both men did not even spend a full round in their previous outings and were primed for their clash. Or were they?
The bout was explosive throughout the five rounds, and the duo significantly hurt each other at multiple points in the fight. Had there not been other great battles in 2020, this fight would have definitely been awarded the Fight of the Year honors.
Unfortunately or fortunately, the fight ended in a majority draw with the champion retaining his belt. Immediately after the bout, almost everybody agreed they had to run it back. Even UFC President Dana White could not disagree.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno 2: Don’t Expect the Same Fight
Expect Figueiredo and Moreno to come out with a completely different approach. Why? The duo could not even train properly for their first bout. Yes, they had completed a training camp before UFC 255. But they were preparing for a different opponent.
Let’s not forget how crucial it is to recover in between training camps. Besides that, a well-thought game plan was also lacking from both sides.
During the post-fight press conference, Figueiredo revealed he was hospitalized the night before the fight because of a terrible stomach infection. This undoubtedly compromised the champion to a vast extent.
“Last night I had a stomach infection,” Figueiredo said through a translator. “I was in the hospital until 2 a.m., came here to fight with my stomach full of wind, and didn’t know if I would fight well today, and that’s what happened. This fight went the distance, but I really won. Even with a bad stomach, I came here and won, defended what’s mine. I gave my blood with hour and came out with my hands raised.”
When I said “different approach,” I was not trying to suggest that the fight will be boring or lackluster. Figueiredo’s style of fighting barely allows that.
The bout will be much more technical, with many calculated moves and strategies. A full training camp with proper rest and recovery should unlock the full potential of the matchup.