Dethroned UFC champ breaks silence on UFC 290 loss, vows ‘Netflix movie’ comeback

Now former UFC champ Brandon Moreno released his first statement after losing his belt at UFC 290.

By: Anton Tabuena | 3 months ago

Can Brandon Moreno become a three-time UFC flyweight champion?

The fan-favorite Mexican champion lost his title at UFC 290, dropping a split decision after a back-and-forth war with Alexandre Pantoja. Moreno has since issued his first statement since the tough defeat, and promised that his story is far from over.

Ex-UFC champ Moreno promises storybook comeback

Moreno took to Instagram as he broke his silence on losing his belt. He promised a movie type of comeback.

“When all this is over, I promise you that it will be the most watched Netflix movie 😅,” Moreno wrote in Spanish. “I’ll be back soon friends, lots of love for everyone 🙏🔥❤️ !!”

Apart from the brief message, Moreno also had an English hashtag saying that the job isn’t finished. 

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Can Brandon Moreno regain his UFC title?

Brandon Moreno regaining the belt a third time isn’t too farfetched. He’s clearly still among the elite in the division, and his loss to Pantoja was very close and competitive.

There’s also the fact that despite being at the top of the division for so long, Brandon Moreno is still just 29-years-old. He’s still in his athletic prime, and is still younger than the new champion in Pantoja (33), and most of the other title contenders.

A hurdle Moreno faces is that he’s already lost 3 times to Pantoja, making it a bit of a tough sell to have an immediate rematch. He probably needs fresh matchups also, after having way too many rematches in his UFC career already.

In Moreno’s 16 fights in the UFC, 9 of those have involved repeat bouts against three people: Deiveson Figueiredo four times, Pantoja thrice, and Kara-France twice.

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Anton Tabuena
Anton Tabuena

Anton Tabuena is the Managing Editor for Bloody Elbow. He’s been covering MMA and combat sports since 2009, and has also fought in MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing.

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