Mexican mixed martial artist Brandon Moreno. Photo: UFC

By KELIN DILLON

Tijuana native Brandon Moreno achieved history on the night of Saturday June 12, when he defeated Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo in the Ultimate Fighting Club’s (UFC) flyweight division championship, becoming the first Mexican to ever hold a UFC title.

Figuieredo and Moreno previously faced off for the belt in December 2020, with the even-handed fight resulting in a draw, giving the Mexican fighter something to prove in Saturday’s rematch with the Brazilian.

The 27-year-old, known as the “Assassin Baby,” managed to defeat the reigning champ by submission, choking him out in the third round at the mixed martial arts league’s 263rd iteration in Arizona.

“I’m a … kid from Mexico and look at me now, holding the belt,” said the Tijuanero at the award ceremony following the bout. “I trained very hard to be better today. Long live Mexico!” he said.

“I come from a country where we always say ‘yes, we can,’ and sometimes we can’t, but today we could!”

While a handful of Mexican-Americans have held UFC division titles before, Moreno is the first Mexican-born fighter to win the championship.

“(This is) for all my people in my country,” said Moreno. “For all my Mexican people, from Mexico and the United States … dreams can be achieved! I’m here!”

Now at the top of the flyweights, Moreno boasts a record of 19 wins, five losses and two draws in his career.

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