Brandon Moreno came out of UFC 256 without the 125-pound belt, but gained a ton of confidence for his rematch against Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 263.
Figueiredo and Moreno had one of the best fights of 2020. It was a back-and-forth battle that ended in a draw, for Brandon says he feels much better now than he did in December.
Brandon Moreno calls himself a different athlete for rematch with Figueiredo
In a recent interview, Brandon talked about analyzing the fight with his team and doing a good job.
“Obviously, I watched the fight with my team, and we saw some mistakes. Even with that, we thought we did a pretty good job in that fight. Figueiredo is a tough opponent, but I feel comfortable with the rematch because I feel stronger and faster than ever. My body feels different. I feel like another athlete. I’m ready for this rematch.”
Before the first fight, Moreno heard everything about Figueiredo’s enormous power. Everywhere he went, he was warned that one punch from the Brazilian was enough to end the fight. However, after 25 minutes against him, Moreno knows what to expect from his power.
“In the first fight I was pretty careful with his power because everyone was talking about it and how he’s a bully. But, I fought him and I felt his power. I can tell you brother, he’s a fair human being just like you and me. I have a lot of confidence from the last fight, and I know I can be aggressive too. This fight will be interesting in that part.”
Moreno is not only confident in handling Figueiredo’s power, but also says he wants to be the aggressor in this fight.
“I need to be a bully too. I need to be aggressive and push him and that’s it. The strategy is very similar to the first fight. I need to be careful with his power, I need to be confident in my own ability and power. I don’t know, man, he’s very resilient. I always try to finish the fight, but at this level, it’s very difficult. I’m just trying to be the best version of myself and try to finish the fight.”
If Moreno raises his hand, he will be the first Mexican-born UFC champion. Brandon is aware of that and says the win would mean everything to him and his country.
“Everything, everything. When I started this sport, it was just for fun. Now it’s my life and it’s for my family, not just for me.”