For those who have not watched the first Figueiredo vs Moreno 1 fight, you are missing a lot. Their first fight was one the best fights in UFC history, It was a back and forth, that many had a hard time choosing the victor at the end. It could have gone either way. It is currently free to watch. It ended in a draw, so it would be a mistake if we don’t get a REMATCH.
Figueiredo is currently looking to be the next UFC star, due to his fan friendly style. He always goes for the finish and that that is what the fans want to see. His fight against Joseph Benavidez was a legalized beat down. It was so one sided that most fans felt sorry for Benavidez’s situation, and it was considering Benavidez had a lot of title shots and always fell short.
Figueiredo was then scheduled to defend his belt against Cody Garbrandt but due to health issues, Garbrandt was forced to pull out of the fight. Figueiredo then went on to defend his belt against Alex Perez, many did not agree with the matchmaking as they thought Moreno deserved to fight for the title.
As for Brandon Moreno, he also fought on the undercard of Figueiredo vs Perez, and he finished Royval easily as well. Both Figueiredo and Moreno made quick night and finished with no injuries, then the UFC needed a main-event for UFC 256, to which both fighters stepped in.
No one thought it would become one of the greatest fights in UFC history. Figueiredo went in for the kill, but then Moreno showed true heart and his Mexican chin. Moreno got clipped with heavy bombs that a lot of fighters would have dropped already, but not him. When Figueiredo got gassed in the later rounds, it was Moreno who then got better.
Now that they are scheduled for a rematch. Many are overlooking the fight mainly because they are the small guy division but it might be the best fight to watch for UFC 263. It is a rematch, and it will be interesting how both fighters will adjust on their upcoming rematch.