Deiveson Figueiredo will go away Las Vegas as champion however his UFC 256 primary occasion conflict with Brandon Moreno ended in a majority draw after the flyweights engaged in one of the finest fights of the 12 months.
After each athletes accepted the headline slot simply 21 days after they competed at UFC 255, Figueiredo and Moreno introduced the finest out of one another as they battled it out in a again-and-forth battle for all 25 minutes. When it was over, the judges scored the combat 48-46 for Figueiredo with two extra scorecards returned 47-47, which meant the bout was declared a majority draw.
Whereas it was an in depth contest all through, some extent deduction in the third spherical after Figueiredo was penalized for a low blow in the end led to the draw however the reigning flyweight champion positioned no blame on referee Jason Herzog for the end result.
“The referee did his job,” Figueiredo mentioned following the combat. “I used to be capable of go in there and placed on a great combat. I fought all 5 rounds and I believe it was a great efficiency.”
Like a bull charging a matador, Figueiredo was seeking to bully Moreno after stomping throughout the octagon and instantly launching a barrage of heavy punches. Moreno averted taking any critical harm earlier than circling away the place he related with a number of good counter pictures of his personal.
Figueiredo refused to again down as he continued to stalk Moreno whereas throwing with devastating energy behind each strike. In return, Moreno was fast on his ft as he focused on making Figueiredo pay each time he obtained a little bit too aggressive.
The relentless tempo didn’t decelerate with Figueiredo simply blitzing Moreno with combos to the head and the physique. The wild exchanges continued with the Brazilian aiming for a knockout with each punch thrown whereas Moreno was fast to fireside again to match him strike for strike
The flyweights continued to simply blast away at one another till Figueiredo threw a kick that blasted Moreno in the cup and despatched the former Final Fighter contender all the way down to the floor in a heap. As he was clearly struggling to recuperate from the low blow, referee Jason Herzog took some extent away from the champion as penalty for the unlawful shot.
Moreno not solely recovered however he appeared to show the momentum in his favor by coming after Figueiredo and welcoming him into the exchanges as he appeared to put on down the Brazilian God of Battle. In fact each time Moreno seemingly had Figueiredo in hassle, the incumbent champion clawed his approach again into the combat with brutal energy behind his punches.
With 5 minutes remaining, Moreno’s output slowed considerably and it appeared his left arm could have been injured. Understanding that Moreno is likely to be compromised, Figueiredo turned up the stress however regardless of his finest efforts, he couldn’t get the stoppage as the judges started tallying their scorecards after the combat got here to an in depth.
Following the conclusion of the combat, Moreno mentioned it was really his shoulder that was bothering him after throwing so many onerous jabs over 5 rounds however he’s anxious to heal up so he can face Figueiredo once more.
“I do know the combat was very, very shut,” Moreno mentioned. :At the finish of the spherical, I attempted to take Figueiredo down however this occurs. I do know I’m wonderful. I’m having fun with this second an excessive amount of. I really feel so blissful. I do know I needed the belt however it’s what it’s.
“We want a rematch. We want that rematch. For me, for Figueiredo, for the followers, for everyone.”
For his half, Figueiredo appeared sport to just accept that problem, though after again-to-again fights over the previous three weeks, he principally appeared able to return dwelling to see his household.
“In the event that they wish to put him in entrance of me subsequent combat, I’m open to that,” Figueiredo mentioned. “Perhaps with a full coaching camp, I’ll be capable to neutralize his sport.”