In a battle greatly regarded as the greatest flyweight fight in UFC history, Figueiredo and Moreno fought to a draw in the main event of UFC 256. Figueiredo may not have received the struggle on the cards, but he still remaining the APEX with UFC gold wrapped all around his waist.
Pursuing the 25-minute showstopper, it was exposed that Figueiredo was working with tummy issues—likely food poisoning—the day and evening just before the celebration. While the winner took a number of journeys to the hospital, as he advised ESPN Monday evening, he made the stroll to the octagon to protect his title for the 2nd time.
Though Moreno has a ton of respect for the recent flyweight king, he is not wanting to fondly on Figueiredo discussing his pre-struggle professional medical issues so openly, specially considering the fact that the No. 1 ranked contender says it is additional common than you may well imagine.
“Man, individuals are excuses,” Moreno told MMA Preventing. “To be sincere, that is very usual. It’s not fun, but it is typical. I experienced two fights in the firm the place I felt extremely unwell and I went to struggle. I in no way said very little right up until this minute since they’re excuses. Dana White didn’t need to have to go to my hotel space and put a gun to my head to say, ‘Hey, you need to have to go struggle.’ No! It’s my obligation. If he was ill and did not sense fantastic, why would he take the combat?
“I recognize he was there. He was the most important party. He has a obligation with the organization, but at the end of the working day it is our dilemma. I can make excuses, too with my arm. To be honest, my remaining arm in the fifth spherical was destroyed. Totally ruined. I tried using to go ahead, I couldn’t [really] use it in the fifth round. It is fine, I missing that round. If I lost that night time, it’s great for me.”
“Maybe he’s making an attempt to market the rematch by stating, ‘Hey, if I was nutritious, I’d knock this guy out.’ But, c’mon.”
No matter of how Moreno views the winner in the aftermath of Saturday night’s contest, he could not have been a lot more proud to be a section of one of the finest fights of 2020, in spite of not leaving Las Vegas with the title wrapped around his waistline.
“When I went to the hotel and checked my cell cellular phone, I saw most people talking about the fight, viewed some highlights and was like, ‘This fight was wild,’” Moreno explained. “It was tricky, however. Figueiredo is the winner for a reason, but I showed to the earth that he’s a human remaining just like me and you.”
Whilst the bout took spot typically on the ft, there ended up a couple of momentum altering hiccups that took put just before the championship rounds. In the next, pursuing a Moreno takedown, the challenger took a slow eye poke from the winner which pressured referee Jason Herzog to halt the frenetic action.
In the initially of pivotal fouls in the matchup, Moreno felt as if there was more than a singular eye poke in engage in.
“First of all, I have a large amount of respect for Jason – he’s amazing,” Moreno discussed. “He’s one of the most astounding referees suitable now. I really do not know, I fully grasp when you poke 1 time in the eye. I recognize a single, possibly even two. But a few? A few in a row? I’m not [exactly] confident, I have to have to view all the fight again, but I think [my black eye] was from a poke. I felt his finger in my eye a few moments, at minimum.”
As hard as that second was for the challenger, it was a really hard minimal kick from Figueiredo in the third round that still left Moreno in really serious discomfort. “The Assassin Baby” was viewed writhing in agony, coughing, and seeking to discover a way again into the battle in an endeavor to gradual down Figueiredo.
“No issue, I have three kids,” Moreno claimed when asked if the accidental foul was the most painful detail in his job. “My wife was like, ‘Ahh, I don’t treatment, it’s wonderful.’ But it was really unpleasant. That was the very first time I genuinely took my time. Commonly when that occurs I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m fine, I’m wonderful, I want to fight.’ But Jason Herzog arrived to me and explained, ‘Relax, acquire your time,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, f*ck, I have to have to consider my time,’ but I attempted to go again to the fight seriously quick for the reason that I knew that Figueiredo was getting worn out, but I couldn’t do it.
“But following that, I was extremely indignant and finished the third spherical powerful, and I assumed I [won] it.”
When the remaining horn went off, both equally Figueiredo and Moreno stared at each and every other and let out primal screams of regard at each another. They understood what they experienced finished, and what they had remaining to give to the octagon. It was a second of delight for the Mexican flyweight.
“I was so excited in that instant mainly because I confirmed the men and women that I’m actual,” Moreno said. “A great deal of unique media didn’t give me any opportunity to earn that struggle, and I understand. Figueiredo appeared astounding in his very last struggle with Alex Perez. But I’m just a Mexican kid attempting to do a little something listed here. Figueiredo is human, and I tried using to clearly show the world that I can do something in this activity.”
UFC President Dana White stated that a rematch between the two warriors is imminent for someday in 2021. Right after each fighters broke records for fastest turnaround concerning fights for winner and challenger, White is eager to give equally competitors all the time they will need to get back again after it on comprehensive camps.
If it is up to Moreno, he hopes for a rematch in early spring.
“In a best globe, I favor April mainly because I need to get better myself quite nicely,” Moreno spelled out. “It’ll give me time to get to Tijuana to start teaching gradually, action by move. Then, of study course, teaching camp, recreation approach and things. I can be all set in March, April is greater for me. May perhaps or June is also [far away].”