There is just over a month before Brandon Moreno returns to the octagon at UFC 270. It will be his first defense of the belt, the rematch for Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo, who now has Henry Cejudo in his environment, who opened the doors of his gym to him in Arizona.
Cejudo was Moreno’s teammate and one of the main drivers for him to come to the UFC in 2016, but things have changed and Tijuana’s is already beginning to tire of the former two-division champion’s game on social media.
“It is not Figueiredo, because he does not have the personality to do it, but the people around him are doing it. I am a very kind person and I try to joke and be as friendly as possible, but I am also human and if they bother me I can get angry from time to time. It is not that I am going to throw a tantrum, but I am leaving you a warning that I am training very hard, if you think I am relaxing, you are very wrong, “Moreno said in an interview with ESPN Deportes.
The 125-pound monarch had a spectacular year between 2020 and 2021, where he won the belt at the Fighters Magazine awards, won the statuettes for “Revelation Fighter”, “Fighting Spirit” and “Fight of the Year” , for the first meeting with Deiveson, with whom he had a majority draw at UFC 255 in December 2020.
“There were four nominations, three statuettes and I knew that some had to hit. They are votes from the public that show the support of Mexico and of all the people around and I believe that I am building a mark and a good path in my career ”, explained the Mexican with pride, since it was his followers on social networks that led him to to be awarded.
“Kamaru Usman, I’m coming for you next year,” he said jokingly, as the welterweight champion, who successfully defended against Gilbert Burns, Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington in this period, was named Fighter of the Year.
Although he took advantage of the week to go to Las Vegas to be present at the ceremony, he returned to Tijuana to tighten the camp for January 22, because in his experience, many fighters relax or distract when they reach the top and do not want that be your case:
“I won the championship and I had to rethink everything. What’s next for me, what do I want after my long-term goal? Responsibilities grow, commitment to the media, travel, in fact, I’m in my camp in Tijuana and I just took a getaway. I have focused on maintaining or growing the workload in my career, being disciplined, being constant, I think it is a mistake that many people make, get into a comfort zone, stop paying the price and I think that is where the races are. they are in decline, “he explained.
Moreno will have a billboard surrounded by familiar faces, as his teammates from the Entram Gym, the Ecuadorian Michael Morales and the South Californian Genaro Valdéz will debut that night. In addition to Alexa Grasso who faces Vivi Araujo and heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who faces Cyril Gane in the star, they have shared a lot of time in the gym in Las Vegas.
UFC 270 marks the UFC’s return to California in three years on January 22 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.