24-Year-Old UFC Flyweight 14-5-0
May 19, 2018 Brandon Moreno News
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Moreno lost to Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.
Moreno came out with his trademark aggression. However, that only got him in trouble against Pantoja. He countered well and landed some strikes that clearly hurt Moreno. A lot of Moreno's success in the UFC has come on the ground. In this fight, he could not consistently land takedowns. Plus, Pantoja is a very skilled grappler who nearly finished the fight in the first round. Moreno has now lost back-to-back fights after starting his UFC run with three-straight wins.
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Fantasy AnalysisMoreno was originally slated to fight Ray Borg in the same event, but Borg was forced to withdraw due to a personal matter. As a result, Moreno will now fight Alexandre Pantoja, who steps in on short notice. Moreno owns both the height and reach advantage, and will likely try to take this matchup to the ground considering 10 of his 14 career wins have been by submission. In Moreno's last time in the Octagon, he suffered a loss to Sergio Pettis by unanimous decision, but had previously won 11 straight.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was the third time Moreno and Borg had been scheduled to fight in the last three months, but due to the unforeseen and very unfortunate circumstances surrounding Borg and his family, the fight will have to be rescheduled for a later date. In the meantime, it's unclear whether or not Moreno will get a new opponent for the event or wait until Borg is available once again.
Fantasy AnalysisThe two fighters were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, but due to the Conor McGregor bus attack during media day, Borg was not medically cleared to enter the octagon. But, Borg and Moreno have found a different place and time to face off. Both fighters are coming off a loss in their most recent bouts.
Fantasy AnalysisBorg was having difficulty closing his eye due to what is believed to be a shard of glass from the bus window that Conor McGregor and his team attacked on Thursday ahead of media session. Moreno, 14-4, was looking to come back from a loss to Sergio Pettis at UFC Fight Night in Mexico City in August. There is no word on if the fight between Borg and Moreno will be rescheduled for a later date.
Fantasy AnalysisMoreno was originally booked to take on Borg at UFC Austin in February, but he apparently suffered an injury that won't allow him to compete at that time, prompting the UFC to postpone the bout. The 24-year-old, who owns a 14-4 record in professional fights, is looking to bounce back from a loss to Sergio Pettis at UFC Fight Night in Mexico City in August. He'll face an opponent in Borg (11-3) who is also looking to bounce back from a loss in his last match -- an armor submission to Demetrious Jackson at UFC 216 in Las Vegas in October.
Fantasy AnalysisMoreno will look to get back on track following his loss via unanimous decision to Sergio Pettis at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City back in August. Prior to that defeat, "the Baby Assassin" had won 11 straight bouts, and comes into this contest with a 14-3 record in his MMA career. On the other side of the ring, Borg recently lost to Demetrious Johnson in mid-October, but holds an 11-2 career record.
Fantasy AnalysisMoreno got off to a great start. He had his opponent's back throughout the majority of the first round. "The Baby Assassin" took Pettis's back, had a body lock, and threatened with a rear-naked choke for the majority of the round. Once the second round started, Pettis was more conscious of the takedown and showed he was a far better striker than Moreno. The Mexican flyweight was sloppy on the feet and only threw one strike at a time. This made it difficult to get in any type of rhythm against Pettis and made him susceptible to all of the tools a high level striker like Pettis possesses. In order for Moreno to be successful against high level opponents he would have to improve his takedowns. He is obviously above-average in grappling, but against top five opponents in the division he will be at a big disadvantage striking-wise. He only got takedowns in two rounds, once in the first and once in the fifth. If he had been able to get a takedown in any of the other rounds it could have changed the outcome of the fight. Pettis is a tough opponent and Moreno is a young fighter, so his future remains bright and he will likely improve his all-around skills.
Fantasy AnalysisMoreno is coming off a strong submission victory over Dustin Ortiz in his last fight and will be looking to expand his already decent resume against a fierce competitor in Pettis. This could be Moreno's biggest engagement to date, as he will be headlining a Fight Night in his home country with the likely opportunity to become the contender for flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson's title belt.
Fantasy AnalysisMoreno was being outgrappled by Ortiz for most of the contest, but found space to land a giant head kick in Round 2 before jumping on his opponent's back and sinking in the choke. Moreno has been quite the find for the flyweight division, combining vicious striking with willing and competent grappling. The 23-year-old has won all three of his fights in the UFC, notching finishes over two high-profile opponents in Ortiz and Louis Smolka over that span. He improves to 14-3 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
Fantasy AnalysisMoreno's winning ways are going to come to an end as soon as he faces an opponent who can take advantage of his crazy, aggressive style of fighting, but he now has two impressive wins under his belt in his first two UFC fights. On Saturday, Moreno won the goal strike battle by a count of 78-25 and he also landed 5/13 takedown attempts. He did little with what should have been a consistent position advantage, but it was another nice effort from a fighter who at age-22, is the ninth-youngest competitor on the UFC roster. Moreno could find himself ranked in the top-10 of the UFC's flyweight division, which should tell you all you need to know about that state of affairs at the moment.
Fantasy AnalysisMoreno came into this fight as a +450 underdog, and he scored the submission victory. He landed a takedown early in the round and end up on top. Smolka fought his way back to his feet and went for a takedown of his own. Once he did, Moreno locked in a tight guillotine and secure the tap after adjusting. That is a huge UFC debut for a guy who lost in the opening round of the TUF 24 tournament.