A well-recognized face will look so as to add gas to the fireplace heading into the flyweight title trilogy struggle at UFC 270 between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. The previous has employed the companies of former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo for his bout on Jan. 22.
Cejudo and Moreno have a protracted historical past with each other. The previous helped Moreno early on in his profession, letting him keep in his home whereas serving to Moreno with no matter he wanted. Issues modified between the 2 when Cejudo picked Alexandre Pantoja over Moreno throughout The Final Fighter 24. Moreno then began working with Joseph Benavidez, who confronted Cejudo through the finale of The Final Fighter. Benavidez and Moreno continued sparring with each other through the years.
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Each feeling betrayed, a beef has developed between Cejudo and Moreno, with Figueiredo becoming a member of in. Showing on MMA Preventing‘s Trocaçao Franca podcast, Figueiredo mentioned bringing Cejudo aboard. Figueiredo initially regarded into combating Cejudo at one level. Understanding Moreno properly after coaching with him, Cejudo could have some perception on tips on how to take down the present champion.
“Brandon Moreno is soiled — that’s all I’ve to say about him,” Figueiredo acknowledged, by way of MMA Preventing. “He’s soiled. He’s a traitor. Once I got here to Scottsdale, [Ariz. at the Fight Ready gym,] Henry Cejudo informed me about his betrayal. He lived with Henry Cejudo right here after which grew to become [Joseph] Benavidez’s sparring accomplice to struggle Cejudo, in order that was his greatest betrayal.
“That’s why Cejudo is coming with me [to the fight], to look into his eyes. Cejudo can be in my nook to take a look at this little punk’s face, and I’ll knock him out. Mark my phrases.”
Figueiredo made his professional debut in 2012 and joined the UFC in 2017. He fought Benavidez twice for the UFC flyweight title. The 34-year-old missed weight for the primary struggle in opposition to Benavidez which made him ineligible to win the title. Within the rematch, he beat Benavidez clear to win the belt. Moreno joined the UFC in 2016 however was let go by the promotion in 2018 after solely two losses with them. He joined LFA and impressed UFC brass a lot in his debut struggle there that he returned to the promotion in 2019. Moreno is 4-0-2 in his final six contests.
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Each athletes fought to a draw at UFC 256 in December 2020. Through the struggle, Figueiredo was deducted some extent for repeated groin strikes. At UFC 263 in June, the 2 competed in a rematch, with Moreno submitting Figueiredo early in spherical three. Whereas contenders proceed to make themselves identified within the division, the trilogy struggle was the one bout that made sense.
Cejudo retired in Might 2020 however remains to be energetic within the MMA neighborhood. Figueiredo, who normally heads into fights at full pace, credit Cejudo for serving to him turn out to be a way more affected person and calm fighter.
“I’m glad to have him by my aspect,” Figueiredo went on to say about Cejudo. “That offers me self-confidence. I’m 100% centered on this struggle, brother. I can’t wait to return to Brazil and take this belt with me. The hearth is burning inside me to enter that octagon and recover from with it already.”
UFC 270 takes place contained in the Honda Heart in Anaheim, Calif. The principle occasion can be Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane to find out the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion.