UFC 270: Moreno vs. Figueiredo | First Look, Picks, Odds and Prediction

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Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

The UFC takes over the Honda Center in California for the first pay-per-view event of 2022. Flyweight contenders will throw down in the evening’s co-main event with the championship up for grabs, and we’re supplementing all your wagering needs. Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo, including the updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC picks, predictions, and analysis.

 Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

UFC Flyweight Co-Main Event Championship Bout  

Saturday, January 22, 2022 –  10: 05 PM EST at the Honda Center

Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno   

  • Pro MMA Record: (19-5-2) (3 KOs, 11 Submissions) 
  • Age: 28 
  • Height: 5'7" 
  • Reach: 70.0" 
  • Training Out of: Entram Gym/Ludwig Martial Arts 
  • Origin Fighting Style: MMA  

Following a five-round war with Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 256, Brandon Moreno successfully captured the title that evaded him during their rematch at UFC 263. He became the first-ever Mexican-born UFC champion with an emotional response when his hand was raised in victory.  

And now, in his first title defense, Moreno has the difficult task of defending his championship against the same man. At this point, it almost seems like we’ve been gifted with a Moreno/Figueiredo fight every six months – but who’s complaining?  

He’s an avid Funko-Pop collector and Lego builder, but when the octagon door closes, Moreno doesn’t play games. Behind a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu blackbelt and a lifelong amount of experience inside an MMA gym, “The Assassin Baby” will undoubtedly be looking to finish the former champion and continue his title reign.   

Brandon Moreno Best Available Odds: (-171) with BetOnline 

Deiveson "God of War" Figueiredo 

  • Pro MMA Record: (20-2-1) (9 KOs, 8 submissions) 
  • Age: 34 
  • Height: 5'5" 
  • Reach: 68.0" 
  • Training Out of: Team Figueiredo 
  • Origin Fighting Style: Wrestling and Capoeira 

Since 2017 the former flyweight champion in Deiveson Figueiredo has looked almost unstoppable, owning and showboating a level of knockout power that’s rarely seen at 125lbs. A 9-2 UFC record and two title defenses that delivered round-one stoppages gave the impression that Brazil’s champion was here to stay.  

However, Figueiredo couldn’t have expected a near-two-year rivalry with Brandon Moreno, which could be extended if the Brazilian recaptures the championship on Saturday. The challenger won’t be short of confidence; throughout twenty-three professional MMA contests, he’s suffered a mere two defeats.  

Deiveson Figueiredo Odds: (+148) with BetOnline 

Moreno Fight Style and How Can Moreno Beat Figueiredo? 

Both fighters are incredibly versatile in their approach - as witnessed in their previous two meetings. But Moreno proved during the second encounter that, unlike many challenges before him, he could match the speed and diversity to overcome the champ.  

Leg kicks and the ability to keep the fight at a distance were imperative to Moreno’s success; of course, he didn’t win the bout because of his striking, but his composure in this area built a solid foundation. Excellent use of his jab and the aforementioned leg kicks may have won the contest alone, but the fight quickly turned into a grappling battle where Moreno also found the greater success. 

I don’t believe the game plan for Moreno needs altering from the second fight; the speed initiated in both striking and grappling approaches was too much for the former champ.   

Figueiredo Fight Style and How Can Figueiredo Beat Moreno? 

Unlike Moreno, Figueiredo will need to alter the blueprint he brought into their previous clash. He evidently found success in the first fight by drawing Moreno into scrappy exchanges. And for me, this would be his most viable chance of success at UFC 270. If Figueiredo cannot steer Moreno away from his composed and technical approach, he won’t have the cardio or speed to level with the champion.    

UFC 270: Moreno vs. Figueiredo Prediction

The available odds at the top-rated sportsbooks are favoring Moreno, and rightfully so. Moreno has eliminated Figueredo’s usual paths to victory in consecutive meetings. I believe Moreno can outstrike Figueiredo from the outside whilst having quicker reactions within the grappling exchanges. Unless the challenger can force himself inside the pocket and land a KO punch, his chance of redemption is low.  

The UFC 270 betting odds are fair, and I’m happy to wager on Moreno becoming successful in his first flyweight title defense.   

UFC Pick: Moreno to Win (-171) [1.71u To Win 1u] with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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