UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo looks set to get one more fight in before the end of 2020 following his successful title defence against Alex Perez at last Saturday’s UFC 255 event in Las Vegas.
The Brazilian 125-pounds champion needed less than two minutes to beat Perez after he sunk in a tight guillotine choke during an intense early exchange in their main event fight, and he now looks set to step in at next month’s UFC 256 on December 12 against top contender Brandon Moreno — who earned a first-round finish of his own against Brandon Royal on the same card.
For Figueiredo, the fight will represent the FOURTH world title fight that he will have competed in this year after already securing two wins against perennial contender Joseph Benavidez, in addition to Perez, earlier this year. Figueiredo has now won five straight fights in the UFC and is 9-1 overall with the promotion since making his debut at UFC 212 in June 2017.
Moreno, meanwhile, now owns three wins and a draw in his last four fights, with the Mexican fighter having beaten Jussier Formiga (the only man to beat Figueiredo in the UFC) and Kai-Kara France in addition to Royal. He also registered a draw with Askar Askarov in September of last year.
As things stand, it appears that Figueiredo vs. Moreno will likely be the main event of next month’s UFC 256 card after it was announced that original headliner, the bantamweight world title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling had been postponed until 2021.