You don’t often see draws in UFC—but when they happen, they are spectacular. Such was the case with the UFC Flyweight championship fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno that had fans on the edges of their seats over the weekend.
Both men entered the fight focused on getting the win, and it showed early on. Figueiredo and Moreno exchanged searing punches, flying kicks, and often produced thrilling moments on the floor.
Each fighter had moments in the bout when they dominated, but it never lasted enough to get the clear advantage for either one. Neither Figueiredo nor Moreno were willing to cave in and let themselves get beat easily, resulting in arguably one of the best UFC fights of the year.
In the end, the fight was scored as a majority draw, with one judge giving Figueiredo a 48-46 advantage while the other two went with 47-47.
Per UFC rules, Figueiredo kept the flyweight belt as the fight produced no winner. But Moreno doesn’t intend to let his opponent get too comfortable with it.
“We need a rematch,” said Moreno after the fight. “We need that rematch. I think so. For myself, for Figueiredo, for the fans, for everybody. For the sport, of course.”
The rematch is certainly in the cards as UFC’s President Dana White all but confirmed it in a post-fight interview: “That’s another fun fight for all of us to look forward to in 2021,” said White.
Figueiredo is now 20-1-1 in MMA overall and 9-1-1 in UFC. Moreno, on the other hand, has a 7-2-2 record in UFC while maintaining a 18-5-2 record overall.