Moreno reveals the main frustration he felt as a champion
Former UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno has revealed the main concern he had in the weeks following his crowning of the title last year.
In a year filled with memorable golden performances, including Glover Teixeira’s late rise to the top of the light heavyweight mountain at UFC 267 and Julianna Peña’s upset victory over the former queen of two Divisions Amanda Nunes at UFC 269, another heartwarming moment came in the form of Mexico’s first titleholder.
After battling to a draw on his first opportunity of 2020, Moreno was given an immediate second chance to dethrone the previously dominant Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 263 last June. After imposing his will in the first two rounds, “The Assassin Baby” floored “Deus Da Guerra” in the third frame and submitted him with a tight rear choke.
From exiting in 2018 to gold around his waist in 2021, Moreno’s journey has certainly been special.
Moreno: I was worried and scared after UFC 263
While the moment will go down as one of the defining wins of Moreno’s career and represented the start of a rise to stardom in the sport, championship status was not without its challenges.
During an appearance on The fight with Teddy Atlas Following his trilogy loss to Figueiredo at UFC 270, Moreno reflected on his experience with the belt.
“So, I have to be very honest with you guys. I remember immediately after the fight (UFC 263) my manager said to me, ‘Hey man, go home and do some with your family because you’re going to be busy for a few weeks.’ I did a media tour in Mexico City, I had a media tour in Los Angeles and a little one in San Diego I think,” Moreno said. “I’ve done a lot of things and, you know, a lot of interviews. I meet a lot of people, a lot of famous people in Mexico; I meet the president of my country, so it’s crazy.
But while it allowed him to interact with the likes of Canelo Álvarez and the president of Mexico, the 28-year-old admitted that the change in his routine and his inability to maintain his training schedule had caused him concern and frustration during the first month of his reign. .
“It was like three weeks, a month (after winning the title). That month I was a little worried and a little scared because my training pace is high, very high. I have to train two to three times a day, every day,” Moreno added.
“At that time I was doing a lot of media and a lot of videos and in my mind I was kind of frustrated because all the other contenders in my division, they’re training so hard and trying to get the title. Now I got a little target on my back with all these guys (coming after), and I was putting my pretty face in the cameras and stuff. I was a little worried and frustrated.”
While the belt may no longer be in his possession, the goal remains the same for Moreno; develop the sport of MMA in his home country and achieve success, both for himself and his family.
For ‘The Assassin Baby’, the way to achieve this is to regain the title in a fourth clash with rival Figueiredo.
Would you like to see an immediate fourth fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo? If not, who should face “The Assassin Baby” next?