Brandon Moreno has his sights established on UFC gold regardless of new road blocks.
Moreno, a indigenous of Tijuana, Mexico, continues to be hopeful in his quest to get a keep of the UFC flyweight championship as he prepares for his bout versus Brandon Royval subsequent week at UFC 255. On that same evening in the principal function, 125-pound champion Deiveson Figueiredo defends his belt in opposition to Alex Perez, who replaced an injured Cody Garbrandt leaving his authentic booking with Moreno.
Moreno (17-5-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) thought he’d be in Perez’s placement at UFC 255 as he’s ranked No. 2 in the UFC’s formal rankings and Perez No. 4. Having said that, the UFC named upon Perez, leaving Moreno with limited-observe substitution Royval.
Inspite of not finding the title shot, Moreno’s designs remain agency.
“I’ve constantly required to verify some thing, and I normally step in the cage to make a statement,” Moreno reported in Spanish on this week’s episode of Hablemos MMA. “I want to make that night mine.
“I want my struggle to be around, get, and be like, you know what? Flip off your Television set because the key function just went down, and you guys didn’t even understand it. You guys can go away happy due to the fact the fantastic struggle just occurred.”
Moreno very last fought in March when he outpointed extended-time contender Jussier Formiga. The Mexican fighter is unbeaten in his last four bouts with a controversial attract in opposition to Askar Askarov in 2019.
Moreno expects Figueiredo to keep his belt on Nov. 21.
“I think Figueiredo is going to acquire, but Alex Perez can shock,” Moreno said. “In these a complex and gorgeous activity like this 1, I feel Alex Perez can earn. Commencing with his wrestling game, Deiveson earlier dropped to Formiga, and what did Formiga do? Get his time, consider him down, handle him, and get the fight by means of choice.
“Maybe some thing like that Alex Perez can do considering the fact that he’s acquired very good wrestling and incredibly superior command on the floor, but Deiveson has revealed he’s progressed in a shocking fashion. He hits super really hard. He’s a rock – you cannot crack him. We noticed how Alex Perez defeated Formiga keeping in front and staying valiant, but I do not consider that is a thing you can do with Figueiredo for the reason that Figueiredo is a various animal. You just cannot split him. I imagine there are unique means to beat him, but we’ll see. It’s likely to be an appealing battle.”
Moreno is hoping to get the future title shot with a win above Royval. He’s indifferent on who leaves with the belt at UFC 255 but does discover a profitable title defense from Figueiredo is good for company.
“To be truthful, I really don’t treatment,” Moreno claimed. “But if he wins, he’ll establish himself far more as champion, and when I defeat him, individuals are going to know I beat a tough rival, and which is what’s very best for me.
“Like I explained, I really don’t combat for titles. I want to conquer the very best, and if Figueiredo wins folks are heading to know I beat the actual champion at 125 kilos. I’m going to be the very first 100 p.c Mexican winner in the UFC. Which is my obvious objective in my head.”