UFC: Figueiredo Makes Bold Prediction Ahead Of Moreno Title Defence
The UFC’s final pay-per-view card of an already unpredictable 2020 is upon us on. Deiveson Figueiredo gets his second headlining opportunity in three weeks this weekend at UFC 256 in Las Vegas, where he will defend his title against Brandon Moreno.
The flyweight champion doesn’t expect any surprises when he walks to the scales Friday morning for the official weigh-ins. Figueiredo struggled and failed to hit the 125-pound championship weight limit for his clash with Joseph Benavidez at UFC Norfolk, but he avoided controversy ahead of the rematch with Benavidez at UFC Fight Island 2, and then against Alex Perez last month at UFC 255.
“I”ll Be Ready”
Speaking MMA Fighting, Figueiredo reassured his fans that there will be no issue making weight this weekend ahead of his second title defence.
“I’m having a special attention [at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas], and you can be sure I’ll make weight much easier [than before], god willing. I’ll be ready and on weight to put on another show for the Brazilian fans on December 12th.”
Moreno Is Even Easier Than Perez
Despite only needing less than two minutes to get the job done against Perez, Figueiredo actually sees Moreno as a ‘way easier’ opponent.
“Perez is way tougher than him, no doubt about it,” Figueiredo said of Moreno. “But I’m ready to shut his mouth on the 12th so he doesn’t call me out or talk trash at me on social media again.
“Brandon Moreno comes from a boxing background; he has sharp little boxing, but speaking of jiu-jitsu and takedowns, I see no qualities in him. So it’s an easier matchup for me to fight. I thought Perez’s game was easy, and I think his is way easier.”
Although he’s only had three weeks to prepare for Moreno, Figueiredo believes he has his opponent figured out already.
“I’m a fighter that studies my opponents a lot, and that makes me be so certain of the way I can beat them,” Figueiredo said. “I work a lot on the things I study, and the areas where they are weak are the ones I’ll attack.”
Having got the first round submission win against Perez at UFC 255, Figueiredo is predicting the same outcome again against Moreno.
“Moreno will be submitted,” Figueiredo said. “I’ll take him down and submit him. First round. He’s not a man to fight two rounds.”
Will Deiveson Figueiredo make history at UFC 256 against Brandon Moreno, and defend his flyweight belt for the second time in three weeks?