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UFC 270 Co-Main Event: UFC Flyweight Championship: Moreno vs. Figueiredo

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It’s finally here– Saturday evening, the UFC’s first pay-per-view of the year, UFC 270, takes place from Anaheim’s Honda Center— but it takes place amid controversy among the MMA fanbase.

UFC 270 First Show Under ESPN+’s New Price Structure For PPVs

A few weeks back, ESPN+ announced that UFC 270 would be the first pay-per-view event from the MMA promotion to be priced at $74.99 (USD). Only time will tell as to whether or not this price hike will have an adverse effect on this and subsequent PPV events’ buy rates, but that’s neither here nor there.

Flyweight Supremacy At Stake in UFC 270 Co-Main Event

Barring any postponements between now and Saturday evening, UFC 270 is slated to feature a 13-fight card, highlighted by a championship doubleheader to close the show. The doubleheader kicks off with the UFC 270 co-main event.

Incumbent UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno (19-5-2 MMA, 9-2-2 UFC) will meet No. 1 contender Deiveson Figuereido (20-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) for the third time in a little more than a year in your UFC 270 co-main event on Saturday.

UFC 270 Co-Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the UFC 270 co-main event on Saturday night, champion Brandon Moreno is the taller man at 5-foot-7, with challenger Deiveson Figuereido countering with a 5-foot-5 frame.

Additionally, the champ holds a two-inch reach advantage (70 inches to 68 inches) over the challenger, with both fighters level in leg reach (38 inches apiece) entering the UFC 270 co-main event this weekend.

Moreno vs. Figuereido: The Series

As previously mentioned, the UFC 270 co-main event for the 125-lb. championship is the third all-time confrontation between the two fighters, with champion Brandon Moreno holding the edge in the series (1-0-1) against challenger Deiveson Figuereido.

Moreno and Figuereido fought to a majority draw in December of 2020 during the UFC 256 main event, with Figueiredo retaining his belt via the champion’s advantage.

Figuereido almost didn’t even make it to the cage that late fall evening as he was hospitalized twice due to illness; including a bloated stomach, on the eve of the fight

A rematch was booked for the following June in the UFC 263 co-main event, and on that late spring evening, Moreno took the championship and the lead in the head-to-head series via second-round submission due to a rear-naked choke.

With the trilogy bout and rubber match in this series just days away, what will the future hold for these two men in the UFC 270 co-main event?

Brandon Moreno Looks to End Rivalry and Remain Champion After UFC 270 Co-Main Event

Brandon Moreno comes into the UFC 270 co-main event on Saturday night having gone 4-0-1 in his last five UFC appearances, including a first-round TKO victory versus Brandon Royval (ground and pound shots/ shoulder injury) in UFC 255 three weeks before the first of the series against Figuereido.

After the victory against Figuereido last time out in Phoenix, Moreno spoke to Joe Rogan in the Octagon, where he was overcome with emotion during the post-fight interview.

“This moment.. man, this moment is so amazing, bro,” the champion began. “This is the (expletive deleted) life, man. This is the (expletive deleted) life.”

He continued by taking stock of the moment upon winning the championship.

“I worked so hard for this, man,” Moreno said. “…Watch me now, man, watch me now, holding this belt. This is unbelievable.”

A major question that has to be answered among the Moreno camp going into the UFC 270 co-main event this Saturday night will be one of how well their fighter has trained ahead of this fight, given that he had a six-month training camp ahead of the second fight against Figuereido.

Deiveson Figueiredo Enters UFC 270 Co-Main Event Wanting to Take Flyweight Championship Back

In the other corner, Deiveson Figueiredo enters the UFC 270 co-main event this coming weekend having posted a record of 3-1-1 in his last five UFC fights, including a first-round submission due to a rear-naked choke against Alex Perez in UFC 255 in November of 2020.

But Figuereido, a member of Henry Cejudo’s gym, enters the UFC 270 co-main event irate, holding a grudge, and hungry to win the flyweight championship back, as he told USA Today’s MMA Junkie back in the fall.

“I love to be here and when I arrived, Cejudo told me about Brandon Moreno, what Brandon Moreno did with him,” Figuereido said. “Moreno lived two years in Cejudo’s house and after that, left for another camp to help [Joseph] Benavidez fight Cejudo. He betrayed Cejudo. I’m going to be very happy in taking Moreno’s head off and giving it to Cejudo because in our sport, you can’t be a traitor.”

This alone is bulletin board material for the Moreno camp heading into the UFC 270 co-main event and on Saturday, the grudge finally boils over.

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the UFC 270 co-main event looks to be a toss-up as both men are black-belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Thus, it’s a safe bet to wager that the UFC 270 co-main event looks to be a ground war and that this fight will likely end by submission

Look For Moreno’s Rear-Naked Chokes

One key aspect of the champion’s fighting acumen is his ability to score the submission via rear-naked choke, something that Figueiredo found out in the third round of a scheduled five in their last head-to-head confrontation.

After already having banked the opening round of the contest, Moreno clearly had momentum on his side, entering the second period looking to build off of that momentum, but Figueiredo looked to take the momentum and put it on his side of the ledger, accumulating ride time and attempting to lock in a submission before Moreno fought it off and eventually took him down and established the top position throughout the remainder of round two.

By the third round of the fight, Brandon Moreno smelled blood after having taken the first two periods, taking Figuereido down and advancing to secure a tight rear-naked choke, nearly locking it in before Figuereido broke free– only to secure and lock in the choke for good, forcing his opponent to tap and nap midway through the period.

Look for Brandon Moreno to take Deivison Figuereido down if and when he smells blood in the UFC 270 co-main event on Saturday night.

All he needs to end the fight is one takedown to set up a rear-naked choke.

Watch For Figueiredo’s Ground and Pound

In the other corner, Deivison Figueiredo could look to knock Brandon Moreno off of his game with ground and pound shots, as the challenger did in his first bout against Joseph Benavidez on Leap Day in 2020.

During the second round of a scheduled five, Figuereido stunned Benavidez with a variety of shots, with a potential headbutt giving him a cut above his left eye. Upon scoring with a combination, Benavidez was dropped by Figueiredo with a nasty right cross before he ended the fight with a brief flurry of ground and pound shots, with Dan Miragliotta waving the fight off inside round two.

If Figueiredo’s right cross is on point in the UFC 270 co-main event, it could seriously disrupt Brandon Moreno’s gameplan and turn the tide in the challenger’s favor.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of outcome in the UFC 270 co-main event, the rivalry between Brandon Moreno and Deivison Figueiredo will conclude on Saturday night– and if MMA fans are lucky, it will conclude violently.

Prediction: Brandon Moreno by Second-Round Submission.

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Drew Zuhosky has been writing about MMA since the spring of 2018. A graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, Drew enjoys a good game and an even better fight. When he's not writing, you can find him playing video games and listening to music.