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Brandon Moreno Takes a Break from MMA: Reflecting on Success, Loss, and Future Plans

Moreno take a break from MMA
Former UFC Champion Brandon Moreno

Brandon Moreno, the two-time former UFC flyweight champion, recently made headlines with his announcement of taking a break from MMA. This decision comes after his split decision loss to Brandon Royval at UFC Mexico City in February, marking his first two-fight losing streak since 2018.

In an emotional eight-minute message shared on Instagram, Moreno, 30, clarified that this break is not a retirement but a necessary pause to reset and recharge. Speaking in Spanish, he expressed, 

“I just think I’ve reached a limit in my mind, and I’m tired.”

Moreno's journey in the UFC has been nothing short of remarkable. Since re-signing with the promotion in 2019, he has been a central figure in the flyweight division, capturing the belt twice in thrilling battles with Deiveson Figueiredo. However, his reign came to an end with a split decision loss to Alexandre Pantoja last July, followed by another setback against Brandon Royval.

Despite these recent defeats, Moreno remains optimistic about his future in MMA. He emphasized, 

“It’s not goodbye or anything like that, it’s just wait for me, be patient with me, let my body, but more than anything my mind, my head, compose itself and recover.” 

He recalled his previous comeback from adversity to become a world champion and expressed confidence in his ability to achieve greatness once again.

Damon Martin, confirming with Moreno’s management, clarified that this announcement signifies a temporary break and not a permanent departure from the sport. Brandon Moreno’s decision to take time off reflects the mental and physical toll of professional fighting. It also highlights the importance of self-care and introspection in a demanding sport like MMA.

As fans eagerly await Moreno's return, his message serves as a reminder of the resilience and determination that define champions in the octagon.


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