Brandon Moreno
The Assassin Baby

Mexico

Added to UFC 245
FlyweightUFC
October 4, 2019
Moreno will square off against Kai Kara-France at UFC 245 on Dec. 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moreno fought to a draw with Askar Askarov in his last bout Sep. 21, breaking a streak of two straight losses via unanimous decision. The Assassin Baby has collected 10 of his 15 professional victories via submission, though four of his six UFC bouts have gone to a decision.
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Fights to draw in native Mexico
FlyweightUFC
September 21, 2019
Moreno and Askar Askarov fought to a split decision draw (28-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Mexico City.
ANALYSIS
Moreno took the decision pretty well, but he has every right to be upset about a fight that he deserved to win. Facing an undefeated opponent and entering as a slight underdog (+135), Moreno quickly picked up the pace following a slow start. The striking numbers between the two men were virtually even, and although Moreno allowed Askarov to score four successful takedowns on 11 attempts, it was Moreno who ended up with 6:44 worth of control time compared to just 3:18 worth from his debuting opponent. This appeared to be a 29-28 fight in favor of "The Assassin Baby" and the fact he didn't get the judge's call in his native Mexico is particularly surprising. With these two fighters clearly evenly matched, perhaps the UFC will decide to run it back at some point.
Set for return in Mexico City
FlyweightUFC
July 11, 2019
Moreno has agreed to fight Askar Askarov in a flyweight bout at UFC Mexico City on Sept. 21, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Moreno re-signed with the UFC on Thursday, eight months after the promotion had cut ties with him at a time when the men's 125-pound division appeared to be on the outs. This signing doesn't change that, but should send a message to Moreno that a poor showing would be costly. Moreno's last two appearances in the UFC were his only two losses in the Octagon, and he most recently fell to Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 129 last March. He'll face a debuting opponent in Askarov, who comes from the highly-competitive ACB promotion.
Back with UFC
FlyweightUFC
July 11, 2019
Moreno signed with the UFC on Thursday, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The UFC cut ties with Moreno back in 2018 when the promotion was slowly eradicating the flyweight division. While the division still holds a couple of strong contenders, this signing doesn't necessarily signify that it is back entirely. Moreno went 4-2 under the UFC banner from 2016 to mid-2018.
Becomes free agent
FlyweightUFC
November 12, 2018
Moreno was let go by UFC and is now a free agent, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Moreno is just the latest to go as the promotion continues to eradicate their flyweight division. He lost his last fight at UFC Fight Night in May of 2018 when he was defeated via unanimous decision by Alexandre Pantoja.
Struggles to hang with Alexandre Pantoja in the striking game
FlyweightUFC
May 19, 2018
Moreno lost to Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.
ANALYSIS
Moreno came out with his trademark aggression. However, that only got him in trouble against Pantoja. He countered well and landed some strikes that clearly hurt Moreno. A lot of Moreno's success in the UFC has come on the ground. In this fight, he could not consistently land takedowns. Plus, Pantoja is a very skilled grappler who nearly finished the fight in the first round. Moreno has now lost back-to-back fights after starting his UFC run with three-straight wins.