Brandon Moreno

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Brandon Moreno
Brandon Moreno February 2021.jpg
Moreno in Entram Gym Tijuana
BornBrandon Carrillo Moreno[1]
(1993-12-07) December 7, 1993 (age 28)
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Other namesThe Assassin Baby
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, United States[1][2]
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[3]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[3]
Fighting out ofTijuana, Baja California, Mexico
TeamEntram Gym (2006–2022)[4][5]
Bang Muay Thai[6]
Team Elevation[6]
Glory MMA & Fitness (2022–present)[5]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Raúl Arvizu[7]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission11
By decision5
By decision6
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brandon Carrillo Moreno (born December 7, 1993) is a Mexican professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Flyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former UFC Flyweight Champion, and the current Interim UFC Flyweight Champion. A professional since 2011, Moreno also competed for the Legacy Fighting Alliance, where he was the Legacy Fighting Alliance Flyweight Champion. As of March 21, 2022, he is #1 in the UFC flyweight rankings,[8] and as of August 1, 2022, he is #14 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.[9]


Moreno was born and raised in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico,[10][11] in a modest family with a piñata business.[4] At the age of twelve, he wanted to lose weight so his mother enrolled him in the local Entram Gym where he started training mixed martial arts.[4] Despite earlier intentions to attend law school and become a lawyer, Moreno decided to focus solely on his mixed martial arts career.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Moreno made his professional MMA debut in his native Mexico in April 2011. Over the next two years, he amassed a record of 6 wins and 3 losses.

In 2014, Moreno would debut for the World Fighting Federation promotion. He would go undefeated in the promotion at 5–0 and would eventually win the Flyweight championship, which led to him being cast in the Flyweight tournament on the 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In July 2016, it was revealed that Moreno was a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions.[12] Moreno was selected as a member of Team Benavidez. He faced Alexandre Pantoja in the opening stage and lost the fight via submission.[13]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In a rare move, Moreno debuted in the UFC while his season of The Ultimate Fighter was still airing. He faced Louis Smolka at UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson on October 1, 2016.[14] Moreno won the fight via submission in the first round. The win also earned Moreno his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[15]

In his second fight for the promotion, Moreno returned to face Ryan Benoit on December 3, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale[16] He won the fight via split decision.[17]

Moreno next faced Dustin Ortiz on April 22, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 108.[18] He won the fight by submission in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[19][20]

Moreno faced Sergio Pettis on August 5, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 114.[21] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[22] Moreno subsequently tested positive for clenbuterol from an in-competition urine sample collected on August 6, 2017, a day after his fight with Pettis. USADA has determined that the presence of clenbuterol in Moreno's system likely resulted from clenbuterol-contaminated meat that Moreno had consumed in Mexico, and so Moreno was not punished by USADA.[23]

Moreno was expected to face Ray Borg on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223.[24] The bout was cancelled after Borg was injured by glass from a bus window that was smashed by Team SBG.[24][25] The pairing was left intact and quickly rescheduled and was expected to take place on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[26] However, Borg withdrew from the bout to take care of his child from brain surgery,[27] and he was replaced by Alexandre Pantoja.[28] Moreno lost the fight by unanimous decision.[29] In an interview in 2019, Moreno told that he was cut from the UFC in late 2018.[30]

Post-UFC career[edit]

Moreno signed a multi-fight contract with the Legacy Fighting Alliance and made his promotional debut against the prevailing Flyweight Champion Maikel Perez at LFA 69 on June 7, 2019.[31] Moreno won the fight via technical knockout in the fourth round.[32]

UFC return[edit]

Moreno faced promotional newcomer Askar Askarov on September 21, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 159.[33] The back-and-forth bout ended in a split draw.[34]

Moreno faced Kai Kara-France on December 14, 2019 at UFC 245.[35] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[36]

Moreno faced Jussier Formiga on March 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 170.[37] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[38]

As the first bout of his new contract, Moreno was expected to face Alex Perez on November 21, 2020 at UFC 255.[39] However, on October 2, it was announced that Cody Garbrandt, who was scheduled to fight Deiveson Figueiredo for the UFC Flyweight Championship at the event, pulled out due to a torn bicep and was replaced by Perez.[40] Moreno instead faced Brandon Royval.[41] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[42]

UFC Flyweight Championship[edit]

Moreno faced Deiveson Figueiredo for the UFC Flyweight Championship on December 12, 2020 at UFC 256.[43] After five rounds of frenetic back-and-forth fighting in which Figueiredo was deducted 1 point in the third round due to a groin strike, the bout was declared a majority draw.[44] This fight earned both athletes the Fight of the Night award.[45]

Moreno rematched Figueiredo for the UFC Flyweight Championship on June 12, 2021, co-headlining UFC 263.[46] Moreno dominated the striking and grappling exchanges and submitted Figueiredo with a rear naked choke in the third round, becoming the first Mexican-born UFC champion in the process.[47] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[48]

The trilogy rematch with Figueiredo for the UFC Flyweight Championship was scheduled to take place on December 11, 2021 at UFC 269 initially,[49] but it was moved to UFC 270 as the co-main event.[50] He lost the bout and the title via unanimous decision.[51] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[52]

Post-Championship trilogy[edit]

Moreno next faced Kai Kara-France in a rematch for the interim UFC Flyweight Championship on July 30, 2022, at UFC 277.[53] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[54] The win also earned Moreno his third Fight of the Night award.[55] Moreno received "Fan Bonus of the Night" awards paid in bitcoin of US$20,000 for second place.[56]

Personal life[edit]

Moreno is a big fan of Funko Pop and is a dedicated Lego collector.[57] He and his wife have three daughters.[58] Also fluent in English, Moreno is an active member of the Spanish language mixed martial arts community, and hosts multiple podcasts in his native language.[59]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

^ Voting period for 2021 awards ran through July 2020 to July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
28 matches 20 wins 6 losses
By knockout 4 0
By submission 11 0
By decision 5 6
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 20–6–2 Kai Kara-France TKO (body kick and punches) UFC 277 July 30, 2022 3 4:34 Dallas, Texas, United States Won the interim UFC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Loss 19–6–2 Deiveson Figueiredo Decision (unanimous) UFC 270 January 22, 2022 5 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Lost the UFC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 19–5–2 Deiveson Figueiredo Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 263 June 12, 2021 3 2:26 Glendale, Arizona, United States Won the UFC Flyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Draw 18–5–2 Deiveson Figueiredo Draw (majority) UFC 256 December 12, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Flyweight Championship. Figueiredo was deducted one point in round 3 due to a groin strike. Fight of the Night.
Win 18–5–1 Brandon Royval TKO (punches) UFC 255 November 21, 2020 1 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–5–1 Jussier Formiga Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. Oliveira March 14, 2020 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil
Win 16–5–1 Kai Kara-France Decision (unanimous) UFC 245 December 14, 2019 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw 15–5–1 Askar Askarov Draw (split) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Stephens September 21, 2019 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 15–5 Maikel Pérez TKO (punches) LFA 69 June 7, 2019 4 1:54 Cabazon, California, United States Won the LFA Flyweight Championship.
Loss 14–5 Alexandre Pantoja Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 3 5:00 Santiago, Chile
Loss 14–4 Sergio Pettis Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno August 5, 2017 5 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 14–3 Dustin Ortiz Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov April 22, 2017 2 4:06 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–3 Ryan Benoit Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale December 3, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–3 Louis Smolka Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson October 1, 2016 1 2:23 Portland, Oregon, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 11–3 Isaac Camarillo Submission (rear-naked choke) World Fighting Federation 27 April 16, 2016 1 1:53 Tucson, Arizona, United States Defended the WFF Flyweight Championship.
Win 10–3 Tyler Bialeck Submission (rear-naked choke) World Fighting Federation 22 July 25, 2015 1 3:09 Tucson, Arizona, United States Defended the WFF Flyweight Championship.
Win 9–3 Matt Betzold Decision (unanimous) World Fighting Federation 18 February 7, 2015 3 5:00 Chandler, Arizona, United States Defended the WFF Flyweight Championship.
Win 8–3 C.J. Soliven Submission (rear-naked choke) World Fighting Federation 16 September 20, 2014 1 0:58 Chandler, Arizona, United States Flyweight debut. Won the vacant WFF Flyweight Championship.
Win 7–3 Alex Contreras Submission (triangle choke) World Fighting Federation 14 June 28, 2014 3 1:04 Chandler, Arizona, United States
Win 6–3 Paul Amaro Submission (rear-naked choke) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 9 July 26, 2013 2 3:01 Mission Viejo, California, United States
Win 5–3 Jason Carbajal TKO (punches) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 8 March 23, 2013 3 1:52 Pomona, California, United States
Win 4–3 Jesse Cruz Decision (split) Xplode Fight Series: Anarchy September 22, 2012 3 3:00 Valley Center, California, United States
Loss 3–3 Brenson Hansen Decision (unanimous) CITC 11: Xtreme Couture vs. Southern California July 28, 2012 3 5:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 3–2 Jonathan Carter Submission (armbar) Xplode Fight Series: Hunted May 19, 2012 1 1:15 Valley Center, California, United States
Loss 2–2 Ron Scolesdang Decision (unanimous) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 6 March 3, 2012 3 5:00 Riverside, California, United States
Win 2–1 Luis Garcia Submission (armbar) UWC Mexico: New Blood 1 January 29, 2012 1 2:21 Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 1–1 Marco Beristain Decision (unanimous) UWC Mexico 10: To The Edge June 25, 2011 3 5:00 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 1–0 Atiq Jihad Submission (armbar) UWC Mexico 9.5: Iguana April 30, 2011 1 2:30 Tijuana, Mexico


Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Alexandre Pantoja Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions August 31, 2016 2 3:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 24 Round of 16

*Date given is the air date of the episode. The actual dates of the fight are not released by the UFC

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Preceded by 4th UFC Flyweight Champion
12 June 2021 – 22 January 2022
Succeeded by