The flyweight title fight is a rematch just six months in the making after Figueiredo faced Moreno on record-breaking short-notice for a UFC champion, taking on his first title defense after capturing the belt with a dominant win over Joseph Benavidez (his second straight win over the perennial contender after missing weight for a winning effort in a fight for the then-vacant title). In a “Fight of the Year” candidate, Figueiredo and Moreno battled for five rounds before a majority draw was declared. Since there was no winner, Figueiredo retained the belt, but the UFC quickly set up a second fight to get a conclusive result.
Figueiredo’s draw was just the second blemish on his virtually spotless career. Previously, he suffered a loss just once, a decision setback against Jussier Formiga. Moreno went 4-0-1 to earn his first shot at the UFC flyweight title.
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