01 Jan Brandon Moreno vs. Alex Perez set for UFC 255 in November
With the flyweight championship on the line in the main event, a pivotal matchup has been added to the UFC’s November pay-per-view card to likely determine the next title challenger.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a top-five matchup between Brandon Moreno and Alex Perez is being targeted for UFC 255 following an initial report from Milenio. The event will take place Nov. 21 in a location yet to be officially announced, but expected to be Abu Dhabi.
While both fighters stated their case to be the first to challenge newly-crowned champion Deiveson Figueiredo on a recent episode of MMA Fighting’s What the Heck, the shot went to former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in the event’s headliner.
Moreno is unbeaten in his last four fights, which began with a fourth-round TKO win over Maikel Perez at LFA 69 that lead to a quick return to the UFC after being released in 2018. “The Assassin Baby” opened up his second promotional stint by fighting Askar Askarov to a split draw at UFC Mexico City this past September before picking up back-to-back wins over Kai Kara-France and Jussier Formiga.
Perez enters the fight a winner of three straight, and 11 of 12. Following a first-round TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez at the TUF 28 Finale in November 2018, the Team Oyama 125er picked up a unanimous decision victory over Mark De La Rosa, and consecutive finishes of Jordan Espinosa at UFC Raleigh in January and Formiga at UFC 250.
The women’s flyweight title will also be on the line in the UFC 255 co-main event as Valentina Shevchenko will defend against Jennifer Maia.