Brandon Moreno
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.
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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.
Receives new opponent for UFC Chile
FlyweightUFC
May 1, 2018
Moreno will fight Alexandre Pantoja at UFC Chile on May 19, Danny Segura of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moreno was originally slated to fight Ray Borg in the same event, but Borg was forced to withdraw due to a personal matter. As a result, Moreno will now fight Alexandre Pantoja, who steps in on short notice. Moreno owns both the height and reach advantage, and will likely try to take this matchup to the ground considering 10 of his 14 career wins have been by submission. In Moreno's last time in the Octagon, he suffered a loss to Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision, but had previously won 11 straight.
Opponent withdraws from UFC Chile
FlyweightUFC
April 27, 2018
Moreno's opponent for UFC Chile, Ray Borg, was forced to withdraw from the fight after his child underwent multiple brain surgeries, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This was the third time Moreno and Borg had been scheduled to fight in the last three months, but due to the unforeseen and very unfortunate circumstances surrounding Borg and his family, the fight will have to be rescheduled for a later date. In the meantime, it's unclear whether or not Moreno will get a new opponent for the event or wait until Borg is available once again.