Moreno vs. Figueiredo Trilogy Moved to UFC 270 on January 22

Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno, UFC 256
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil and Brandon Moreno of Mexico face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The trilogy fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo for the UFC flyweight championship has been moved from UFC 269 to UFC 270 on January 22.

The UFC men’s flyweight title will now be contested for in the new year.  MMA Junkie was first to report that the trilogy between champion Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo will now take place on January 22, 2022 at UFC 270 instead of December 11 at UFC 269 as was previously scheduled.

The move comes on the heels of the announcement that a high profile non-title bout in Jorge Masvidal vs. Leon Edwards was added to UFC 269.  Given the fact that UFC 269 would have featured three title fights on top of the massive drawing power of Masvidal, it is assumed that the move of the flyweight title was made in order to help bolster the still developing UFC 270 card, since the December 11 date now had an overabundance of riches.  Furthermore, the addition of Moreno and Figueiredo to the January card comes amidst rumors that the expected middleweight title rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker may take place in February rather than at UFC 270 as previously speculated.

Moreno and Figueiredo first competed in December of 2020 on three weeks’ notice in what became one of the top fights of the year.  After suffering a point deduction, Figueiredo retained the belt after the fight was scored a unanimous draw.  In June, the two met again in a bout in which Moreno dominated the champion en route to a third round submission and became the first Mexican born champion in UFC history.  Moreno had been expected to face Alexandre Pantoja next, but Pantoja was unable to meet the champion on his timetable and thus Moreno turned his attention to a trilogy with Figueiredo instead.