UFC 263 is a stacked card on Saturday and the co-main event has the potential to be the Fight of Night. Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo takes on Brandon Moreno in a thrilling rematch. In this post, we’ll start our UFC 263 odds series, making a Deiveson Figueiredo-Brandon Moreno prediction and pick.
The first time they fought, the duo went to war and put on one of the most electrifying fights in UFC history. The bout ended in a draw and each opponent hopes to achieve victory in their second matchup. It’s to continue our UFC odds series with a Figueiredo-Moreno prediction and pick.
Deiveson Figueiredo is one of the most talented and well-rounded fighters in the organization. He brings an all-around approach to the octagon, as he’s strong in nearly every facet of his game. Figueiredo has won 5-0-1 in his last six fights, with the draw coming from his match against Moreno in December. He aims to retain the Flyweight belt and continue dominating the division.
Brandon Moreno is a fan favorite who got his start on the UFC’s Ultimate Figther Series. Coming from next-to-nothing growing up in Tijuana, Mexico, Moreno has literally fought his way to the top of the Flyweight rankings to become a success story. Winning the championship would mean the world to Moreno, so he’ll bring everything to the table like he usually does.
Here’s how the sportsbooks have set the opening odds for the co-main event.
UFC 263 odds: Deiveson Figueiredo-Brandon Moreno odds
Deiveson Figueiredo -225
Brandon Moreno +190
Over 4.5 rounds (+100)
Under 4.5 rounds (-130)
How Deiveson Figueiredo wins the fight
The current champion has his hands full in this one, but he hopes to put Moreno away early. Figueiredo has already mentinoned how he plans to knockout Moreno, which is something much easier said than done. Considering the first fight was an evenly matched war, Figueiredo should consider a different approach.
Moreno is dangerous on the ground, but Figueiredo is just as good. In fact, if his team creates a smart game plan, the Flyweight champion could put himself into dominant positions on the ground and deteriate Moreno for as long as possible. As long as Figueiredo can maintain top position and stay out of Moreno’s submission attempts, he could dominate the fight from the get-go.
How Brandon Moreno wins the fight
Although he’s much more known for his grappling and submission skills, Moreno is a dangerous fighter on his feet as well. He proved that in his last fight against Figueiredo, which bodes well for Moreno’s confidence. “The Assasin Baby” did particularly well going toe-to-toe against the current champion, and should focus on keeping the fight on the feet for his fight on Saturday.
Moreno should go into this fight with a patient approach. Keeping his distance, working the body, and hitting his opponent with jabs and leg kicks should wear down Figueiredo. By the time round three begins, Moreno could move into the clinch and begin working on his takedowns. Frustrating his opponent with percise strikes and tiring him in the clinch would give Moreno his best bet of winning the fight.
Deiveson Figueiredo-Brandon Moreno prediction & pick
Based on how the last fight went, it’s possible these two throw their game plans away once the cage closes. These two are evenly matched, which should make for another thrilling fight at UFC 263. Figueiredo is favored due to the fact he’s the champion, but Moreno is the type of fighter that gives it his all everytime he takes the octagon. This one will come down to who wants it more, and similar to the main event, Figueiredo and Moreno could wind up being a toss up left to the judges.
FINAL Deiveson Figueiredo-Brandon Moreno PREDICTION & PICK: Brandon Moreno wins by Split Decision