Fun fact: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has never hosted a quadrilogy of fights. That’s because typically, a trilogy is all it takes to figure out who is the superior fighter. But, with Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo now both 1-1-1 against each other following UFC 270 last night (Sat., Jan. 22, 2022), we may finally have a reason for a fourth fight to be fought.
The first fight saw Figueiredo beat a spirited Moreno, but suffer a point deduction, resulting in a draw. The second fight saw Moreno swarm Figueiredo and submit him in the third round (watch it). The trilogy fight we witnessed this weekend was a razor-thin decision that went Figueiredo’s way, with many fans disagreeing with the judging. But, however you saw it, you have to agree it was close. And great ... essential ingredients for a fourth fight.
And unlike most situations like this where two fighters have been battling for one year straight, both men are still interested in doing it again.
“I remember my last two losses against Pantoja and Pettis, and I knew in that moment I lost,” Moreno said during the post-fight press conference. “I was like, ‘OK, this feels like sh-t, but I know I lost.’ But, this time I felt like I won.
“It’s crazy because the door is open for the fourth fight against this guy, and that’s amazing,” he added later. “I’m just trying to be very positive in my life and I can see that possibility and start to make more history with this guy. I’m more hungry than ever and I want to see this guy again. This is the game.”
Hearing that Moreno thought he’d won, Figueiredo threw out an insult and then a challenge.
“Cry baby,” Figueiredo said. “Let’s go to the next one, man. Let’s take it up for the next one.”
But, after challenging Moreno to a fight in Mexico (a very real possibility given the wild response in Anaheim for Moreno), Figueiredo is now thinking maybe Brazil would be safer.
“Yeah, I initially said Mexico,” Figueiredo said. “But, I think if we go to Mexico … we might not leave. So, I think that we’re considering Brazil might be a better option.”
UFC President, Dana White, wasn’t on hand following the event to give his view on whether Figueiredo vs. Moreno was worthy of an immediate fourth fight, but we have a feeling UFC will continue to roll with this classic rivalry that’s fallen into its lap, making stars of its often below the radar 125-pound fighters.
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