Update 11:45 p.m. Both fighters are about to be in the cage, and we’ll be underway shortly!
Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno will compete for the flyweight title on Saturday, Jan. 21 from Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UFC 283 is headlined by Glover Teixeira-Jamahal Hill, and the main event will get started at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Figueiredo’s last three fights have come against Moreno, and the most recent bout came a day less than a year ago in a unanimous decision victory from UFC 270. The Brazilian has a 21-2-1 fight record heading into Saturday night.
Moreno fought Figueiredo three times in a row until July’s win over Kai Kara-France at UFC 277. The fighter from Mexico is 1-1-1 against Figueiredo with a victory in June 2021 at UFC 263 and a draw that occurred at UFC 256 in December 2020. He holds a 20-6-2 record.
Moreno is favored to win in this bout with -125 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring until a winner is determined.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Moreno
Figueiredo opened with a nice position in a guillotine, but also kicked his opponent while down attempting to put in a heel hook. The extra strikes from Moreno (12-7 lead) gives him the round here.
Round 2: 10-9 Moreno
The ground control is 3:23-0:35 in favor of Moreno so far, but some of the better opportunities have come from Figueiredo in terms of danger. But the fight control has gone to the interim champ and Figueiredo might need to close one of these opportunities to win the bout.
Round 3: 10-9 Moreno
Figueiredo appears to have taken a finger in the eye, but referee Herb Dean didn’t see it and it wasn’t stopped. Moreno immediately went in for the takedown, and controlled the last three minutes of the round pretty easily because of it. Moreno remains in easy control, and Figueiredo now probably needs a stoppage to win.