Moreno: 'I felt like I won' 3rd fight with Figueiredo
Brandon Moreno lost the UFC flyweight title to Deiveson Figueiredo by unanimous decision at Saturday's UFC 270, but he thinks he should've gotten the nod in the trilogy bout.
"It's a weird feeling, because it's the first time in my life when I lost a decision, but I felt like I won," Moreno said at the postfight press conference, according to MMA Fighting. "I remember my last two losses against (Alexandre) Pantoja (and Sergio) Pettis. I mean, I knew in that moment I lost. I was like, 'OK, this feels like shit, I understand I lost.' But this time, I felt like I won."
Several of the rounds between Figueiredo and Moreno were competitive. Though he disagreed with it, Moreno wasn't too critical about the judges' decision.
"It is what it is, because it was a really hard fight," Moreno said. "He had his own moments, too, and I need to recognize that. I don't want to be that kind of guy who starts to (make) excuses, because I felt like Deiveson did an amazing job and (had) a better game plan."
The first fight between Figueiredo and Moreno ended in a majority draw, and the latter earned a third-round submission win in their rematch last summer.
Figueiredo said after his victory he's open to a fourth encounter with Moreno, and the former champion echoed that desire.
"It's crazy, because the door is open for the fourth fight against this guy, and that's amazing ... I can see that possibility," Moreno said.
"I want to see this guy again," he added. "This is the game."