UFC 283 results, highlights: Brandon Moreno reclaims flyweight title with TKO of Deiveson Figueiredo

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Brandon Moreno has settled an all-time great rivalry with Deiveson Figueiredo. A slashing punch by Moreno forced a medical stoppage in their UFC flyweight title clash at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday.

Figueiredo, who entered with the full title, and Moreno, who entered with the interim strap, threw down for the fourth time in their historic rivalry where the two sat at 1-1-1 in three previous bouts, all contested for the UFC flyweight championship.

Moreno immediately made Figueiredo think, mixing up takedown attempts and a series of attacks. Figueiredo kept Moreno on his toes with counter guillotine chokes, including a particularly menacing one in the second round. The first two rounds were quite competitive and could have gone either way. Round 2 also featured some fascinating scrambles. Moreno almost completed a takedown, but had it reversed by Figueiredo. Moreno swept Figueiredo’s ankle out from under him and shot for another takedown, causing Figueiredo to jump onto a tight guillotine, which Moreno was lucky to escape.

Moreno flashed forward with a combination halfway through round 3 that Figueiredo immediately protested to referee Herb Dean. It was unclear in the immediate exchange whether Moreno landed a punch or jab in Figueiredo’s eye, but the referee did not stop the fight. A replay revealed that Moreno’s knuckle was responsible for the injury and thus the strike was legal. Figueiredo fought the rest of the round off his back with an eye that was swollen and horribly cut underneath.

A doctor examined Figueiredo between Round 3 and Round 4, and deemed Figueiredo unable to continue. Moreno was awarded a TKO by medical stoppage in the third round and was promoted to undisputed champion.

“I definitely understand the people,” Moreno told UFC commentator Daniel Cormier in his post-fight interview. “But the people must understand that I was just trying to get food for my family.

“I tried to be very, very smart and put a lot of my game plan into this game. I was very emotional in the last game. I tried to put a lot of pressure on him this time.”

Figueiredo announced after the fight that he will move to the bantamweight division after four consecutive flyweight title fights against Moreno and 25 career fights at 125 pounds.

“Hopefully I don’t have any lasting problems with my eyes,” Figueiredo said. “I’m tired of gaining weight, so that’s why I’m gaining weight.”

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