Dana White feels sorry for raining on Brandon Moreno’s parade.
Following Moreno’s interim flyweight championship victory over Kai Cara-France in Saturday’s UFC 277 co-main occasion, his longtime rival Davson Figueiredo was invited to face him within the Octagon instantly.
Figueiredo is prone to attempt to unify his undisputed title with Moreno’s interim title in a Tetralogy bout within the close to future, and whereas the post-fight alternate was largely respectful, White wonders if he and his group would have dealt with the scenario in a different way.
“ what, it was an in-the-moment factor,” White mentioned within the night’s post-fight press convention. “Then when he bought up there, I used to be like, ‘Nicely, that was impolite.’ This child is having his second and Figueiredo is standing in his face.
“Nevertheless it occurred, it wasn’t horrible and we meant no disrespect to Moreno, however he turned very disrespectful.”
Moreno was requested to cope with the scenario, and he admitted that he had been fired, however that he thought it finest to place any animosity between him and Figueredo apart for the sake of his household.
“I do not care,” Moreno mentioned. “, I promise I am able to throw all the things at him at that second. He was in Dallas two days in the past, I noticed him within the resort foyer and man, I used to be able to take the mic, ‘Let’s go mom****! Let’s go for the fourth!’
“However all the things I mentioned was true. My different daughter, Madison, she’s eight, she might or might not perceive all the things now, however she’s going to. I do know I’ve the chance to be instance for her.
“I do not need her father doing silly issues on tv. So I do not know, I took a seat to say, ‘Man, brother, I forgive you for all the things and I am sorry if I’ve carried out something unhealthy towards you, and that is it. However do not get confused, I wish to combat you.”
Tetralogies are uncommon in any avenue of fight sports activities, and no two fighters have confronted one another 4 instances underneath the UFC banner, however Moreno and Figueiredo appear to have it. Their streak is presently 1-1-1, with the 2 tied at UFC 256 after which splitting a pair of instant championship rematches at UFC 263 and UFC 270. Figueiredo just lately claimed bragging rights, defeating Moreno by unanimous resolution. Final January.
White mentioned it is definitely attainable that this once-in-a-lifetime rivalry might prolong past the trilogy.
“Ten instances,” White mentioned. “It is a kind of distinctive, bizarre offers the place — who does not wish to see that combat once more? And I am the worst at that ***, I hate these issues. In case you have a child who’s 2-to-1 or no matter, you by no means have to look at that combat once more. Nevertheless it’s simply one of many weirdest issues you are able to do.”
Throughout Saturday’s post-fight interview with Moreno, Figueiredo mentioned he needed the fourth combat to happen in Brazil. The UFC has not traveled to Figueiredo’s house nation for the reason that begin of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. Nonetheless, White is optimistic that they are going to return to Brazil in 2023.
“We’re planning to go to Brazil subsequent yr,” he mentioned. “Once more, we’ll see what this loopy world throws at us over the following six months.”