Deiveson Figueiredo and Brendan Moreno prepare us for a superb battle at the UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona. The first battle was one of the best in the previous year, if not the best, with Figueiredo keeping the title but only after a majority draw. It was only the fourth time in UFC history for one match to end without a winner. It is the best possible intro for their second battle. Also, the championship belt will again be at stake. So we have everything in order to see one more ferocious battle between Figueiredo and Moreno.
Deiveson Figueiredo (-220) is one of the most dominant fighters in the organization, having 20 wins and just one loss. Plus, that no-contest against Moreno in the previous bout. The “God of War” is an aggressive guy whose explosive attacks are something unseen in the mixed martial arts world.
Once he attacks, everything explodes. His punching power for this division is unreal, and all of his opponents know that. You see, the majority of Figueiredo’s strikes are significant; all of them are power punches. That is why he is the champion, with just one loss.
As for the grappling technique, it is something we also don’t need to explain too much. Once he takes a grip on the rival, there is no way back. His efficiency in such a situation is extremely high, and his 8 submission wins are enough proof for that claim. By the way, two of his fights, pervious to the one with Moreno, ended with a first-round stoppage.
Brendan Moreno (+250) was more than good in the first match. He wasn’t that offensive, but against Figueiredo, that is often the case, because he simply isn’t allowing you to breathe, let alone create some attacks. Though, when looking at the overall stats, Moreno had just five significant strikes fewer, and to be honest, we wold never say that.
But that is the “Assassin Baby’s” trademark, to fight calmly and under the radar, as some would say. He isn’t as attractive as Figueiredo, but on the other side, he is very effective. Moreno’s biggest weapon is fighting on the mat, and even though he has a two-inch reach advantage, to beat Figueiredo, he would need to avoid open exchanges in the middle of the octagon.
His record is 18 wins, five defeats, and two no contests, and 10 of those victories were after a submission. By the way, this guy has never been finished with five losses all coming via decision. The last one was against Alexandre Pantoja in May 2018.
We’ll be straight right away; Figueiredo is our pick here. He will be much more aggressive in this battle than in the previous one and will have some sense of urgency. The Brazilian is the champion, one of the most dominant over the past few years, but the no-contest outcome cast a shadow on his achievements, giving ammunition to all of his critics. He needs to be confident and swift in this bout and knowing his mentality, the God of War will meet the challenge. Therefore, bet on his victory via stoppage with the odds at +130.
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