A flyweight championship unification clash between three-time opponents, champion, Deiveson Figueiredo and interim gold holder, Brandon Moreno is currently in the works to take place on January 21. at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the Jeunesse Arena.
Set to meet for the fourth time during their respective Octagon tenures, Figueiredo and Moreno have so far fought to a single win each, as well as a majority draw in their first Octagon clash – back in December 2020.
Expected to attempt to settle their differences before the close of this year, former champion, Moreno was linked with a fourth fight against Figueiredo, however, the Brazilian was forced from a targeted fight due to a hand injury.
As a result, the organization inserted an interim title into the flyweight division, with Moreno rematching New Zealand striker, Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 back in July, with the Baja California favorite securing a third round TKO win courtesy of a body kick and follow-up strikes.
And as per an initial report from Claro Sports’, Rodrigo Del Campo Gonzalez, a fourth fight between Figueiredo and Moreno is currently in the works for UFC 283 in January next.
“Can confirm final arrangements are taking place for Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo IV to unify the UFC’s 125lb title on Jan 21st 2023 at #UFC283,” Gonzalez tweeted. “First show in Brazil since March 2020, 1st in Rio since May 2019 and the 4th fight between (sic) in little over 2 years.”
Battling to a majority draw back in December 2020 in their first fight, defending champion, Figueiredo retained his title as a result. In an immediate rematch at UFC 263 in June of the following year, Moreno became the first Mexican-born champion in organizational history courtesy of a third round rear-naked choke.
Matching for a trilogy fight at the beginning of this year at UFC 270, Figueiredo became a two-time undisputed flyweight champion with a close unanimous decision win in Anaheim, California.
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