Report: Moreno-Figueiredo 3 set for UFC 269 on Dec. 11
The final bout in the Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo trilogy is set.
Moreno will defend his flyweight title against Figueiredo at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, according to ESPN's Brett Okamoto.
The UFC initially planned to give Alexandre Pantoja - the division's third-ranked contender - a title shot against Moreno, but Pantoja won't be ready on time after beating Brandon Royval in August, Okamoto adds. Moreno reportedly wants to stay active and is willing to step into the Octagon against any challenger.
The meeting will mark the third fight between Figueiredo and Moreno in a span of 12 months. Then-champion Figueiredo kept the flyweight title after their first match ended in a draw in December 2020. Moreno then captured the belt in their second meeting in June with a third-round submission.
Figueiredo, the No. 1-ranked contender, asked for a rematch versus Moreno immediately after his loss, but the Brazilian added he was open to moving up to the bantamweight division.
Moreno hasn't lost a bout since suffering a decision defeat to Pantoja in 2018. The 27-year-old has since fought seven times, earning five wins (two draws).
UFC 269 already features one title fight, with the female bantamweight match between champion Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena set to headline the event. Recent reports have said the UFC was also targeting a fight between lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and No. 1 contender Dustin Poirier for that same card.
The location for UFC 269 hasn't been announced.
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