UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno’s first title defense will come versus a very familiar foe — former champion Deiveson Figueiredo.
Moreno (19-5-2) agreed on Wednesday to defend his 125-pound championship against Figueiredo (20-2-1) at UFC 269 on Dec. 11 at a site to be determined. Contracts for the matchup should be finalized soon. It will mark the third meeting between the two flyweights.
The UFC initially looked into booking Moreno versus Brazilian title challenger Alexandre Pantoja. However, Pantoja will not be ready to compete before the end of the year due to a knee injury.
Moreno’s team told ESPN the Mexican champion wanted to fight again before the end of 2021 and was open to any challenger.
Moreno, 27, is also committed to keeping the flyweight division moving. Thus far, there has been only one 125-pound title fight this year.
Their first meeting was in the main event of UFC 256 at the UFC Apex, in one of the best fights of 2020 which resulted in a majority draw.
The pair ran it back six months later at UFC 263 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. with a definitive result. Moreno defeated Figueiredo via rear-naked choke submission in the third round to claim the title, making history as the first Mexico-born fighter to become UFC champion.
Figueiredo, of Belem, Brazil, has campaigned for an immediate rematch ever since his loss to Moreno. He struggled with his health prior to the first fight and was adamant Moreno owed him a rematch since he granted Moreno a second fight after their draw. A female bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena is set to headline UFC 269.