In what would serve as a groundbreaking moment in the history of the UFC, Ariel Helwani is reporting that the promotion wants to push forward with plans to have Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno collide at some point this year – with July being the targeted month.
The UFC flyweight championship would be up for grabs as it has been in the previous three instances of them fighting one another.
What started off as a rivalry built out of mutual respect has descended into some notable trash talk between the pair in their last few outings, which is hardly surprising given the stakes involved.
The feud began back at UFC 256 in December 2020 when against all odds, Brandon Moreno fought to a stunning majority draw against then-champion Figueiredo in what many called a Fight of the Year contender.
Just six months later, ‘The Assassin Baby’ went one step further and actually captured the title with a remarkable submission victory in Arizona.
The UFC opted to strike while the iron was hot and book a third straight showdown between the Brazilian and the Mexican stars, ending in Figueiredo reclaiming the belt via unanimous decision.
Some may have wanted the UFC to go in a different direction but either way, it’s hard to get too upset about the prospect of these 125-pound titans waging war once again.
Are there other contenders?
This Saturday night, we’ll actually get the chance to see two very viable contenders battle it out at UFC Columbus.
Askar Askarov, the unbeaten Russian star, will fight Kai Kara-France who is coming off the back of a nasty knockout win over Cody Garbrandt last December.
There’s an argument to be made that the UFC could’ve waited to see how Askarov/Kara-France played out before making this decision. Alas, when you’ve got a story like this, it’d feel strange not to tell it – especially with there being so many unanswered questions in the air.
Get ready, folks, because Figgy and Moreno are ready to put on a show.