Brandon Moreno will have his first defense of the fly belt in front of a favorable public. The promotion made it official that UFC 270 will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim on January 22.
In addition to the third match between the first Mexican-born champion and Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo, the event will feature heavyweight monarch Francis Ngannou in unification against interim Ciryl Gane.
In addition to the two championship fights, Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson at middleweight, Greg Hardy and Aleksei Oleinik at heavyweight, Cody Stamann vs. Said Nurmagomedov and Tony Gravely vs. Saimon Oliveira at bantamweight, Poliana Botelho vs. Ji Yeon Kim in the women’s flyweight and the Ecuadorian Michael Morales, Moreno’s teammate, against Trevin Giles.
The decision delayed the fight for Moreno by six weeks, who was reported ready to fight in November at UFC 268, but first his rival, who originally would be Alexandre Pantoja, was complicated, and then the possibility of fighting closer to the border of Mexico was opened. .
“It really only affected me in the sense that I am a competitor, that I am healthy and wanted to fight more than once this year. What is coming is going to be very good for the public, ”said ‘El Babe Asesino’ to ESPN Deportes.
The Anaheim Honda Center is also the headquarters where Caín Velásquez beat Brock Lesnar to become the heavyweight champion, a moment that marked the history of Mexican MMA and where Velásquez won the public.
Moreno hopes that many people from Tijuana will be able to see him that night, as the United States government will reopen the border by land in November and his compatriots could go to their first fight as champion. two hours maximum, I feel like it will be crazy, “he added.
With the change, the Mexican monarch will spend the month of December at his Entram Gym and then return to Las Vegas in January.
The focus remains on Figueiredo, who he hopes will be more aggressive. “At the end of the day I always expect the best from all my rivals, I expected the best Figueiredo in the previous two and this time it is no different. If you think I am relaxing, you are in error. He is going to come with all the hunger and courage because I took off the belt and I beat him very dominatingly, I have to take it very seriously because it will be hard, “he said.
UFC 270 will be the UFC’s first visit to California since August 2019, when Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier contested for the heavyweight belt at UFC 241.