Brandon Moreno is ready for his title shot.
Already ranked world No. 1 at 125 pounds, “The Assassin Baby” was understandably upset that he didn’t have the opportunity to compete for flyweight gold at UFC 255, but he took advantage of his time to shine. in the limelight. prelim against Brandon Royval. After securing a takedown in the first round, Moreno attacked with submissions and ultimately a brutal ground and pound attack that won him the finish while Royval suffered a shoulder injury after the fight was stopped.
“I’m ready for the title now,” Moreno said after his third straight UFC win. “To be honest, I was very sad when the UFC took Cody Garbrandt for the title opportunity. You know what? I do not care. I don’t need a title. I have to be the best in the division.
“If I want a title, I can buy one from the UFC store. I need to beat the best in the division. I am so ready for this.
Given the stakes before the fight, the flyweights were thrown on each other from the start of the action. Royval connected with the first really stiff punch by knocking Moreno’s head back in a rally that forced the former Ultimate fighter candidate to shoot for a withdrawal.
Once the fight hit the ground, Moreno was quick to take the back while looking for a neck crank and bare back choke as Royval was forced to play defense. The scuffles never ended with Moreno constantly threatening submissions, but Royval refused to leave.
As the non-stop assault continued, Moreno grabbed a wrist as Royval tried to escape. A fraction of a second later a grimace crossed Royval’s face that showed something was wrong with him as he tried to defend himself against the punches now thrown at his head.
Moreno continued to shoot and with Royval unable to defend himself, the referee was forced to stop the fight at just one second.
It was later clear that Royval had suffered a separated shoulder, which his head coach Marc Montoya reinstated while the fighters were still in the octagon.
As for Moreno, he has now defined himself as the No.1 contender to fight for the flyweight title as he awaits the opportunity to fight the winner of UFC 255 main event between Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez.