The Tijuana native did not reach the Octagon as a favorite after the short time he had training.


Brandon Moreno, first Mexican-born UFC champion.

The Tijuana native did not reach the Octagon as a favorite after the short time he had training.

Mexico is already in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history books, as Brando Moreno became the first champion born and raised in the `country after beating Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo by submitting a rematch fight.

The boxer, a native of the border city of Tijuana, reached function 263 with a mark of 18 wins, five losses, and two draws, statistics that did not place him as a favorite for this battle in the Octagon.

In addition, he had little time to prepare, unlike his opponent, who trained hard for more weeks to hold the UFC title and increase his record, which was one setback and 20 wins.

The new champion assured that he trained very hard to get to that moment, which turned him into a happy "kid" who painted his name and country in gold letters in the history books of mixed martial arts.

"I'm a fucking kid from Mexico, and look at me now holding the belt. I trained very hard to be better today, Viva México!" Moreno said in a state of ecstasy at the moment of receiving the belt.

Likewise, he sent a message to Mexicans to excel in the fields they develop, fulfill their dreams, and leave behind all the ridicule, all based on work and effort, which led him to obtain this historic triumph.

"I come from a country where we always say 'yes, we can,' but sometimes we can't, but today we could! For all my Mexican people, the dream can be achieved, it can be achieved," added the Tijuana native.

In front of more than 18 thousand spectators inside the Gila River Arena, the function took place in Glendale, Arizona, where the Mexican worked every episode to defeat his rival, who had already beaten him in a first fight.

The first round was intense, but even. Both boxers came out to show their power. Still, little by little, the balance tipped in favor of the Brazilian, who managed to connect several blows that staggered the Mexican with confidence and hard punches.

Moreno took confidence and positioned himself as the absolute leader in the second period. However, he did not achieve his mission of winning the fight. Already in the third round, the intensity increased, and the Tijuana native imprisoned Figueiredo with his legs over his torso and with his arms applied a lock to the neck with which he achieved submission.

In this way, Brandon Moreno established himself with the super flyweight world championship, which no other Mexican had achieved in the entire history of the UFC.

The UFC Spanish site described Moreno as "a complete fighter, his great versatility of resources has led him to be a threat to anyone in the division, including Figueiredo, who felt the power of Brandon in his first fight."

Among the congratulations on social networks, the one made by the English team Wolves stood out, where striker Raúl Jiménez plays. Through his Twitter account, he celebrated the Mexican's triumph and included him in his sports "herd."

"From Tijuana to the World Congratulations to Brandon Moreno, @UFCEspanol fly champion! You will always be part of the herd!", Highlighted the group.