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A highly anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship rematch is on the books for June.
First reported by the promotion’s broadcast partner ESPN on Thursday, Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) and Brandon Moreno (18-5-2) are going to run it back for the flyweight strap on June 12. The event, which should be titled UFC 263, does not currently have a location listed at the time. It is expected that should it not take place in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, it will be located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The two flyweights went toe-to-toe for five hard rounds in December, and an errant groin strike from Figueiredo resulted in an immediate point deduction that ultimately resulted in the fight getting scored a majority draw. Both men had their moments, and “The Assassin Baby” came at Figueiredo like few have before, putting together spectacular volume as they both landed flush for practically the entire fight. As “Deico” held the belt at the time, he retained it due to the draw, and UFC President Dana White was quick to say after the event that the two would run it back in 2021.
The draw halted a four-fight finish streak for the Brazilian where he won the vacant throne against Joseph Benavidez and defended it in November from Alex Perez. Although Figueiredo was originally slated to fight for gold in February 2020, when he missed weight, it was no longer on the table even though he won. The man also known as “Deus da Guerra” is tied with Demetrious Johnson for the most finishes in UFC flyweight history, while also being in contention for several other records in the division’s history.
Moreno lifted his stock to new heights when giving Figueiredo everything he could handle. Like his foe, Moreno is currently on a six-fight unbeaten streak dating back to 2019. Although it trails the Brazilian’s of 85 percent, Moreno sports a high 72 percent finish rate through his career, which includes two stints in the Octagon. Both he and his opponent made identical 14-day turnarounds to face the other at UFC 256, and they will get much more time to prepare on this occasion. The fighter out of Mexico will be looking to become just the fourth man to hold the UFC flyweight crown.