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 27)
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Other namesThe Assassin Baby
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Fighting out ofTijuana, Baja California, Mexico
TeamEntram Gym (2006–present)[2]
Bang Muay Thai[3]
Team Elevation[3]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Raúl Arvizu[4]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission10
By decision5
By decision5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brandon Carrillo Moreno (born December 7, 1993)[1] is a Mexican[5] mixed martial artist.[6] He currently competes as a flyweight[7] for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[8] A professional mixed martial artist since 2011, Moreno has competed for Legacy Fighting Alliance and on The Ultimate Fighter. As of November 17, 2020, he is #1 in the UFC flyweight rankings.[9]


Moreno was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, in a modest family with a piñata business.[2] At the age of 12, he wanted to lose weight so his mother enrolled him in the local Entram Gym where he started training mixed martial arts.[2] Despite earlier intentions to attend law school and becoming a lawyer, Moreno decided to focus solely on his mixed martial arts career.[2]

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.[10] Moreno was selected as a member of Team Benavidez. He faced Alexandre Pantoja in the opening stage and lost the fight via submission in the second round.[11]

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.[12] Moreno won the fight via submission in the first round. The win also earned Moreno his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[13]

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[14] He won the fight via split decision.[15]

Moreno next faced Dustin Ortiz on April 22, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 108.[16] He won the fight by submission in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[17][18]

Moreno faced Sergio Pettis on August 5, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 114.[19] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[20] 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.[21]

Moreno was expected to face Ray Borg on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223.[22] The bout was cancelled after Borg was injured by glass from a bus window that was smashed by Team SBG.[22][23] The pairing was left intact and quickly rescheduled and was expected to take place on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[24] However, Borg withdrew from the bout to take care of his child from brain surgery,[25] and he was replaced by Alexandre Pantoja.[26] Moreno lost the fight by unanimous decision.[27] In an interview in 2019, Moreno told that he was cut from the UFC in late 2018.[28]

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.[29] Moreno won the fight via technical knockout in the fourth round.[8]

UFC return[edit]

Moreno faced promotional newcomer Askar Askarov on September 21, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 17.[30] The back-and-forth bout ended in a draw.[31]

Moreno faced Kai Kara-France on December 14, 2019 at UFC 245.[32] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[33]

Moreno faced Jussier Formiga on March 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 170.[34] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

As the first bout of his new contract, Moreno was expected to face Alex Perez on November 21, 2020 at UFC 255.[36] However, on October 2, it was announced that Cody Garbrandt, who was scheduled to fight Deiveson Figueiredo for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC 255, pulled out due to a torn bicep and was replaced by Perez.[37] Moreno instead faced Brandon Royval.[38] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[39]

Moreno faced UFC Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 256.[40] After five rounds of fighting, the fight was declared a majority draw.[41] In the 3rd round, Figueiredo was taken away 1 point due to a groin strike. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[42]

A rematch with Figueiredo is expected to take place on June 12, 2021 at UFC 263.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Moreno and his wife have two daughters.[44] Moreno is friends with former UFC two-division Champion, Henry Cejudo, and has trained with him.[45]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
25 matches 18 wins 5 losses
By knockout 3 0
By submission 10 0
By decision 5 5
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UFC 245 results
  2. ^ a b c d Eric Gomez (August 3, 2017). "Brandon Moreno makes piñatas and pummels UFC opponents". ESPN.
  3. ^ a b Danny Segura (December 3, 2016). "Brandon Moreno no longer just a jiu-jitsu fighter after training with Team Elevation".
  4. ^ @theassassinbaby (October 21, 2018). ""Gracias a mi maestro @raul_entram por la promoción, alejado un poco del jiujitsu con gi por las AMM pero tengo 12 años directa e indirectamente practicando BJJ, el arte marcial que más amo (...)"". Retrieved December 15, 2020 – via Instagram.
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  13. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-10-01). "UFC Fight Night Portland bonuses: Moreno, da Silva, Marquardt, Blaydes get $50K". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
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  45. ^ Karim, Saiyed Adeem (2020-12-02). "Brandon Moreno claims Henry Cejudo is different to Triple C character". Media Referee. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
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