Brandon Moreno was on the wrong side of a unanimous decision at UFC 270 and handed his title back to the man he took it from at UFC 263.
The UFC’s first Mexican-born champion completed his trilogy with rival Deiveson Figueiredo (21-2-1) on Saturday. Moreno (19-6-2) was disappointed with the results and believes he did enough to get the nod.
“I Felt Like I Won”
“It’s weird. It’s a weird feeling because it’s the first time in my life where I lost a decision, but I felt like I won,” Moreno said at the UFC 270 post-fight press conference. “I remember my last two losses against [Alexandre] Pantoja and [Sergio] Pettis, and I knew in that moment I lost. I was like, ‘OK, this feels like sh*t, but I know I lost.’ But this time I felt like I won.
“But it is what it is because it was a really hard fight. He had his own moments, too, and I need to recognize that. I don’t want to be that guy that makes excuses. Deiveson did an amazing job and a better game plan. I just want to go back to the gym, spend time with my family, watch the fight again and be back stronger.”
Moreno and Figueiredo was the first trilogy in UFC history to happen consecutively, but ‘The Assassin Baby’ believes a fourth fight is a possibility.
“It’s crazy because the door is open for the fourth fight against this guy – and that’s amazing,” Moreno said. “I’m just trying to be very positive in my life and I can see that possibility and start to make more history with this guy. I’m more hungry than ever and I want to see this guy again. This is the game.”
With no clear cut contender in the flyweight division, a fourth fight is a real possibility. The #2 ranked flyweight, Askar Askarov, is currently scheduled to face Kai Kara-France on March 26. One would think if Askarov is victorious, he would lay claim to a shot at the flyweight champion.
Do you want to see Figueiredo vs. Moreno IV or would you rather see another contender get their shot at UFC gold?
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