Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno are set to run it back at UFC 263 on June 12.
ESPN was first to report the news that the fight is agreed to for June 12. All Access MMA has since confirmed the news with sources close to the situation. The event does not have a location. It is also uncertain if this fight will serve as the main event.
Figueiredo and Moreno first met at UFC 256 in December with the two fighting to a draw. In the fight, the champ was deducted a point due to a low blow on Moreno.
After the fight, Dana White and Moreno wanted the rematch to take place in April or May.
“I’ve been in the gym since the fight, training extremely hard,” Moreno told MMAJunkie through a translator. “In my conversations with my manager, Jason House, I told him that I’m ready for April, and he’s pushing the UFC hard. But apparently, Figueiredo thinks a little differently than us. When he was cornering his brother, he looked a little chubby, so I don’t really know if April would work.”
However, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the fight is happening in June as Figueiredo wanted the fight in June, according to his manager.
“100 percent his [Figueiredo] next fight is Moreno,” Ismail told BJPENN.com. We are working on it happening in June. There is no date yet, but Deiveson wants June.”
Deiveson Figueiredo is currently 20-1-1 as a pro. Before the draw to Moreno, the Brazilian submitted Alex Perez at UFC 255 to defend his belt for the first time. He won the vacant belt back in July with a submission win over Joseph Benavidez. It was a rematch of their fight in February where Figueiredo won by knockout but missed weight.
Brandon Moreno, meanwhile, is 18-5-2 as a pro and 3-0-2 since returning to the UFC. Before the title fight, the Mexican beat Brandon Royval, Jussier Formiga, Kai Kara-France, and a draw to Askar Askarov.