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UFC Predictions: UFC 263: Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori 2 predictions

Scott Newman
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#2 UFC flyweight title: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno

The first fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno was a classic UFC war
The first fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno was a classic UFC war

Like the main event, this UFC title fight is also a rematch, but the initial meeting between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno took place much more recently than Adesanya vs. Vettori.

The duo met with Figueiredo’s UFC flyweight title on the line at UFC 256, and after an absolute war, the fight was declared a majority draw. It’s no surprise that the UFC have booked an immediate rematch here.

Not only does Figueiredo have no other obvious opponent, but the initial fight was so good that there’s probably more hype on this fight than any other UFC flyweight title clash in recent memory.

So who will walk away with the gold this time around?

It’s definitely worth noting one key point. And that’s the fact that Figueiredo would’ve won the original fight handily had he not had a point deducted in the third round for a low blow.

Essentially, Moreno put up an excellent fight. But overall, it was 'The God of War' who was landing the heavier shots and doing the most damage.

Sure, he gave up some takedowns, but on most fans’ scorecards, Figueiredo won the first, second and fifth rounds and should’ve been handed the decision.

It seems doubtful that either man can make many adjustments coming into this fight. In particular, it appeared that Moreno simply had nothing more to give once the clash at UFC 256 ended.

The bigger question is whether that crazy war will have a long-lasting effect on either man. If it does, based on the punishment he took, you’d have to worry about whether Moreno can be the same fighter going forward.

And when you consider Figueiredo’s ruthless finishing skills – and the fact that he took the UFC 256 booking on such short notice – it’s hard not to lean towards the Brazilian retaining his title, probably finishing the Mexican in the process.

The Pick: Figueiredo via third-round submission

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Edited by Sai Krishna
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