Moreno (19-5-2 MMA, 7-2-2 UFC) is full steam ahead, and thats why hes set to rematch Kai Kara-France (24-9 MMA, 7-2 UFC) for an interim flyweight title in Saturdays UFC 277 co-main event, which takes at American Airlines Center and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN/ABC and ESPN+.
After Figueiredo (21-2-1 MMA, 10-2-1 UFC) reclaimed the 125-pound belt from Moreno within their trilogy fight earlier this January, the promotion was intent on booking a historic fourth meeting. Figueiredo sustained a hand injury, though, and couldnt meet up with the original timeline. Moreno said he was presented with the choice to postpone the fight but decided against it.
Now, here we have been.
I dont desire to wait, Moreno told MMA Junkie along with other reporters at UFC 277 media day. This past year I fought in January onetime. This season I fight in January and no fight. I simply wished to fight. I talked with Jason (House), my manager, and I talked with UFC like, Hey, give me a fight for the title. If no, OK. I wish to fight. I wish to be active.
Although its not the fourth ending up in Figueiredo, Mexicos Moreno will still visit a familiar opponent on the far side of the octagon in Kara-France, whom he beat by unanimous decision at UFC 245 in December 2019.
Both men have made tremendous strides because the initial meeting, but Moreno is confident hes still ahead.
Im expecting not exactly the same fight because the last fight in 2019, but Im expecting fireworks, Moreno said. Kai Kara-France wants to go for the final. He has an incredible right overhand. Ive proved to the planet my hands have become elite at this time and my jiu-jitsu. My jiu-jitsu and my ground game have become special too.
If Moreno emerges victorious, he said hell be keen to obtain back again to action as quickly as possible. The Assassin Baby said he’s got virtually no time for Figueiredo anymore, and when the UFC cant straighten out an excellent timeline to fall into line a fight, he’ll simply move ahead another opponent again.
I dont value Deiveson, Moreno said. I dont value that guy. My own plan is usually to be healthy because of this fight. If nothing really bad happens and Im not injured, my plan would be to fight in December prior to the end of the entire year. If Deiveson isn’t ready, I could fight the winner of the Saturday, (Alexandre) Pantoja vs. (Alex) Perez, easily.