Brandon Moreno has revealed when he plans to fight again.
Moreno is only days removed from re-gaining the undisputed UFC flyweight championship at UFC 283. ‘The Assasin Baby’ needs to recover from his grueling training camp for Deiveson Figueiredo, but he plans to stay active. The 29-year-old joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to discuss his win and what’s next:
“I need to rest my mind. I need to rest my body a little bit, but at the same time, I want to be active. I wanna be active. I want to fight maybe in June or, it’s a rumor right now, but go to Mexico City in September… That sounds cool for me. I prefer to fight in June, to be honest, but let’s see what happens…”
Despite suffering a knee injury in training camp, Moreno looked phenomenal in his TKO win at UFC 283. After fighting Figueiredo four times since December 2020, the reigning flyweight champion will get a different opponent next time out. The question is, who will be standing across from ‘The Assasin Baby’ in June or September on Mexican Independence Day?
Watch Brandon Moreno discuss when he wants to fight next below:
Who’s next for Brandon Moreno?
Brandon Moreno is finally moving on from Deiveson Figueiredo, but he has plenty of experience with his rumored next opponent. Alexandre Pantoja, the number two ranked UFC flyweight, has two wins over Moreno. The first was on The Ultimate Fighter and another at UFC Fight Night 129.
During the UFC 283 post-fight press conference, ‘The Assassin Baby’ had this to say about running into Pantoja backstage:
“He came [at] me, and he was very friendly with me, to be honest. When everything started, he came to me and said, ‘hey man, today I feel so happy for you, congrats for the belt,’ whatever, and at that point, everything was fine…”
Pantoja’s attitude allegedly changed quickly. Moreno continued telling the story by saying:
“Then he started to ask me like, ‘when is our fight? In two months? Three months? Tell me right now!’ Like, I don’t know to be honest. Then he started to look a little bit aggressive, to be honest, but my only point was let me enjoy it today…”
Moreno and Figueiredo rejuvenated the UFC flyweight division with several thrilling fights. Now that ‘Deus da Guerra’ is moving up to bantamweight, Moreno is responsible for keeping the division moving. He will do so with his new coach, Sayif Saud of Fortis MMA.