The third fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo has moved to early 2022. Sources confirmed to ESPN Sports that the UFC has rescheduled it for next January 22 at UFC 270.
The promotion seeks that this event be at the Honda Center in Anaheim, where Moreno, originally from Tijuana, could have a closer relationship with Mexican fans.
The fight was originally announced as part of the UFC 269 card for December 11, which would be the last pay-per-view of 2021, along with the championship fights between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier, for the lightweight title, and Amanda. Nunes against Julianna Peña, for the 135-pound scepter.
UFC officials also confirmed ESPN Sports this Monday the fight between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards has been confirmed for UFC 269. The Mexican and the Brazilian have already met twice with the fly scepter in between; first, at UFC 256, in December 2020 in Las Vegas, in a match that ended with a majority draw and then, on June 12 of this year, in Glendale, Arizona, when the ‘Baby Killer’ made history with the victory by submission in the third round.
If the Anaheim venue is finalized, it would mean the UFC’s return to California for the first time since August 2019, when Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier met for the second time at UFC 241.
The first defense of Moreno, the only Mexican-born champion in the history of the UFC could return to the headquarters of the most important moment for tricolor MMA, as it was there that Caín Velásquez defeated Brock Lesnar to win the heavyweight title on October 23, 2010, an event that included thousands of young Mexicans to get closer to MMA, including the Tijuana, who was just 16 years old.