The first-ever quadrilogy fight in UFC history will take place early next year in South America.
Deiveson Figueiredo will defend his flyweight belt against former champion and current interim champion Brandon Moreno at UFC 283 on January 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN on Monday.
Figueiredo, from Brazil, posted about the game on Monday night on Instagram. Both fight deals have been signed, sources said.
This will be the fourth meeting between the two best 125-pound fighters in the world. Figueiredo and Moreno fought to a draw at UFC 256 in December 2020. Then in the rematch, Moreno became the first Mexican-born fighter to win a UFC title, defeating Figueiredo via third-round submission to UFC 263 in June 2021. Figueiredo got his revenge at UFC 270 last January, defeating Moreno in a close unanimous decision to regain the title.
It is not yet known if Figueiredo vs. Moreno will be the main event of UFC 283. The UFC is considering several other headlining options for its return to Brazil, a key country for the promotion.
This will be the UFC’s first trip to Brazil since March 2020, and the first time fans have attended a UFC event in Brazil since November 2019.
ESPN has Figueiredo, 34, tied for ninth on its pound-for-pound MMA list. At flyweight, Figueiredo and Moreno are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.
Figueiredo (21-2-1) has suffered just one loss in his last eight fights against Moreno. The “God of War” boasts a UFC record of 10-2-1 and hasn’t fought since taking the title back from Moreno earlier this year. Figueiredo is tied for the most finishes in divisional history with Demetrious Johnson (7).
Moreno (20-6-2) has suffered just one loss in his last nine fights against Figueiredo. The “Assassin Baby” won the interim flyweight belt by defeating Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 in July via third-round TKO. Moreno, 28, is a former LFA flyweight champion.