The flyweight division is set to be ignited once again as the highly anticipated rematch between Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja is headed to UFC 290 on July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The two warriors are set to battle it out for the flyweight championship in what promises to be an enthralling bout.
Following a report originally received from Freak MMA, UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell acknowledged the information with UFC broadcast partner ESPN. The rematch between Moreno and Pantoja promises to be a barnburner. However, both fighters have improved significantly since their first meeting.
Moreno, the current flyweight champion, and Pantoja have previously met back in 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129. The fight was a back-and-forth affair, with Pantoja ultimately coming out on top with a unanimous decision victory. Moreno left the UFC following his defeat to Pantoja, but he eventually made the journey back after taking away the LFA flyweight championship. During his second UFC run, Moreno has seen a great deal of success.
Over the past two and a half years, "The Assassin Baby" has been involved as part of one of the finest rivalries in the promotion's history. Since December 2020, the Mexican and Deiveson Figueiredo have battled in a record four fights inside the octagon, excluding a championship matchup against Kai Kara-France in the interim. While Moreno won at UFC 283 by doctor's stoppage TKO to regain the championship, he put a halt to his feud against Figueiredo.
Pantoja, on the other hand, has also been making waves in the flyweight division. The Brazilian fighter has an impressive record of 25-5. Pantoja is a well-rounded fighter who possesses knockout power in his strikes and is also a proficient grappler. Following wins in each of his previous three matches—two of which were stunning submission wins—Pantoja has pushed himself closer to a championship opportunity. The South American emerged legitimately worthy of the championship with consecutive victories against Manel Kape, Brandon Royval, and Alex Perez.
The flyweight division has seen a resurgence in recent years, with fighters like Moreno, Figueiredo, and Pantoja putting on some of the most exciting fights in the UFC. This rematch between Moreno and Pantoja is sure to add to the excitement of the division, and fans around the world will be eagerly awaiting July 8 to see who will emerge as the flyweight champion.