The hastily created UFC 256 main celebration concerning Figueiredo and Moreno turned out to be one particular of the best fights in UFC heritage.
The flyweight title bout was built on 3 weeks’ recognize immediately after both of those adult males received at UFC 255, and the duo put on a bout that will place large on the record for “Fight of the Yr.”
Right after a 25-minute whirlwind of motion, a level deduction spelled the variation, as Figueiredo who dropped a point in the 3rd spherical due to a very low blow, retained the belt in a bulk draw. The judges scores were 47-46 for Figueiredo and a pair of 47-47 marks.
The opening spherical noticed Figueiredo, who had won each individual of his past 4 bouts inside of seven minutes, not exhibiting substantially regard for Moreno, as he stood correct in front of the challenger and landed pictures to the head and human body. But Moreno stayed composed and started off landing crisp straight hands of his very own, earning it crystal clear he wasn’t likely to be bullied.
Moreno, a Tijuana native who was wanting to turn into the first Mexican-born winner in UFC historical past, received in confidence in the second spherical and became additional assertive. Another back-and-forth standup spherical ensued, with a pair of Moreno takedowns most likely creating the change.
The wild and frenetic rate ongoing in the 3rd. Figueiredo continued landing entire body pictures and kicks. Moreno commenced landing additional often. Figueiredo then landed a bullseye of a groin kick. It was his 2nd foul, soon after an eye poke in the second, and ref Jason Herzog deducted a level.
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The fourth round was gained of the wildest in the record of the sport, a malestrom of violence, with the Brazilian and Mexican both fighting with a spirit that did their countries very pleased.
In the fifth, Moreno appeared to favor a remaining arm personal injury of some kind, which slowed him down, and this enabled a tiring Figueiredo to land enough to acquire the round and preserve his belt.
Immediately after the bout, Figueiredo reveled he was in the healthcare facility with foodstuff poisoning right up until 2 a.m. Saturday. He also would not criticize Herzog’s determination to deduct a point.
“The ref did his job,” he said through an interpreter. “I toss the low kick on accident, and it is not my occupation do say what he need to do.”
With the draw outcome, the two opponents ran their current unbeaten streaks to 6: Figueiredo at 5–1, Moreno 4–2.
Both equally fighters indicated an interest in a rematch afterwards, and it is predicted to materialize in 2021.