UFC 263 was a roller coaster of emotions and phenomenal performances. The card delivered on everything it promised and more. One of the best performances of the night, came from Mexico’s own, Brandon Moreno, in the co- main event of the evening.
Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno in their first fight, put on an absolute fireworks show, going 5 rounds on three weeks’ notice. It was an exciting back and forth on the feet, with both men having their moments.
The second fight, however was all Moreno as he took the quick-paced grappling attacks to the champion. The fight ended two minutes and 26 seconds into the third round, the finish coming by a rear naked choke. Moreno was quick to take the champion’s back and struggled with a poorly placed crank on the jaw before finding his neck.
The first two rounds were Moreno’s too, as he thwarted Figueiredo’s grappling attacks. He used his boxing to push the pace and keep his opponent at a distance. Round 1 was a dominant performance from Moreno, whose jab was his key weapon. Deiveson made a comeback of sorts in round two- he was a lot more precise with his striking and active with his grappling. However, the second round was undoubtedly the Mexican’s too, he was successful in reversing the wrestling and staying on his feet.
Moreno was extremely emotional after the fight. Bursting into tears after the referee stopped the fight, he was grateful and appreciative in his post-fight speech.
“I can’t even believe it,” he said. “This is a real dream come true. I worked so hard for this belt. I have 10 years as a professional, 15 years training every single day… This moment is so special. Not just for me, but for all my people, for my country, for my family, for my team… For everybody.”
Brandon Moreno is now the first ever Mexican-born UFC champion. His rise to the top of the sport has been incredible. It is almost impossible to believe that he was actually cut from the UFC, not three years ago.