Brandon Moreno became the new interim flyweight title belt holder after defeating Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 but his postfight injuries make him look unrecognizable.
Moreno, 28, was on the wrong end of some brutal strikes before finishing the fight with a heavy kick to the opponent’s body and subsequent punches while on the ground.
The UFC shared a picture of Moreno with the caption, “The face of a champion.”
Defeating Kara-France set up Moreno with a fourth fight against Deiveson Figueiredo, who got up on the ring to congratulate the Mexican fighter.
Their first meeting ended in a draw in 2020 and Moreno won the rematch before Figueiredo leveled the score in the trilogy match.
Moreno vs. Figueiredo IV
Figueiredo is the current champion of the division but Moreno won the interim belt in Dallas.
Moreno said he doesn’t want to fight Figueiredo again but he wants to be the champion.
“It’s not like, ‘Oh, I want to fight against Deiveson Figueiredo again,” Moreno said. “I’m not excited. I’m done with him. But it is what it is. He’s the champion, so I want to fight against him.
“So I promise I just want to finish my business with him and then the next challenger, I’ll be ready for him.”
In his postfight press conference, Moreno said he showed Figueiredo respect because he doesn’t want his 8-year-old daughter to see her father doing dumb things on television.