It was always going to take a certain amount of the planets
aligning before Brandon
could secure a fourth fight with Deiveson
. Now, it appears everything might be lining up for
the “Assassin Baby.”

Moreno, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight champ,
went 1-1-1 with reigning titleholder Figueiredo in the UFC’s
first-ever uninterrupted trilogy between two fighters. While the
trio of fights was for the most part extremely competitive and very
entertaining, Figueiredo was the one left standing at the
conclusion of their third meeting this January, and popular opinion
seemed to be that the two men were holding up an entire division
while they settled their feud. It was time to move on.

However, Figueiredo’s health and the UFC’s apparent impatience
conspired to offer Moreno a back door to another title shot, in the
form of the interim championship bout scheduled for the co-main
event of UFC 277 in Dallas this Saturday. Should Moreno win, a
unification bout with Figueiredo, once the lineal champ is healthy,
would seem to be a foregone conclusion. The only thing standing
between Moreno and his date with destiny is Kai Kara
, the surging New Zealander who is merely the first of
the backlog of deserving contenders who have bided their time—and
beaten the crap out of each other—as Figueiredo and Moreno have
occupied the throne. Alexandre
and Alex Perez,
who appear on Saturday’s main card as well, should be close behind.
All in all, it’s about to become a very interesting time in the UFC
men’s flyweight division.

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