It looks like it could be a quick turnaround reigning UFC flyweight champion and the division’s top contender.
At Saturday’s UFC 255 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White revealed that the promotion was working on booking Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno for a December event.
“We’re going to keep [Figueiredo] here,” White said at Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “He’s not going back to Brazil. We’re going to turn him right around [in] December. That’s what we’re working on.”
Shortly thereafter, ESPN reported that both Figueiredo and Moreno verbally agreed to square off at UFC 256, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Dec. 12. UFC 256 which recently lost a women’s featherweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson after Nunes exited the card.
Figueiredo made his first title defense at UFC 255, where he submitted Alex Perez with a guillotine choke 1:57 into Round 1. The Brazilian was initially supposed to face former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt at Saturday’s event before “No Love” withdrew from the fight due to injury.
Moreno, meanwhile, further established himself as the division’s No. 1 contender with a first-round technical knockout of Brandon Royval in a preliminary flyweight contest. Moreno is unbeaten in his last four Octagon appearances, with a draw against contender Askar Askarov the only blemish on his ledger during that time.
“I hope UFC respects my position, my work in this company,” Moreno said. “This night was special for me, I won in the first round, I get the ‘W’ in the first round against Brandon Royval. He’s dangerous. I think he’s the future of this sport in the flyweight division. Tonight is my night and I’m the next one for the title shot.”
Note: This item was updated at approximately 3:10 a.m. ET to include additional information.
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