After Deiveson Figueiredo won the vacant Flyweight title, defeating Joseph Benavidez a second time at UFC Fight Island 2 a few weeks ago, common sense (and the rankings) told us Brandon Moreno would be the man to get first dibs at trying to dethrone “Daico.”
That was until Dana White and Co. granted former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, his wish to fight Figueiredo first, most likely at the proposed UFC 255 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sat., Nov. 21, 2020 (venue and location to be determined).
But, not all is lost for Moreno, who is now in line to face Alex Perez on the same card. That’s according to MMA Junkie, which reported that even though the fight has not been finalized, that is the direction the promotion is leaning toward.
Winner of three of his last four with one draw in between, Moreno has really turned it around over the last year. At UFC 245 he picked up a huge win over top 125-pound contender Jussier Formiga, helping him climb all the way up to the No. 2 spot on the official UFC rankings.
As for Perez (No. 4), he is also on a nice little run after winning his last three and going 11-1 in his last 12 outings. With a win over Moreno, Perez could very well jump up to the No. 1 spot. That being said, should anything happen to Garbrandt in the lead up to the fight, Moreno will likely get the bump up to fill the championship void.
It’s all about insurance.
Also on the card, Valentina Shevchenko will put her women’s 125-pound title on the line against Jennifer Maia, who recently
punched submitted her ticket to her first-ever UFC title fight by forcing Joanne Calderwood to tap at UFC on Vegas 5 a few weeks ago.