Figueiredo vs. Moreno was incredible, but Weili vs. Joanna is still the best fight of the year
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno ended in a majority draw on Saturday night in arguably the greatest fight in the flyweight division’s history.
Naturally, it led many fans and media members to start calling this the best fight of the year so far. But is it really the best fight of 2020? Here’s what Patrick Auger and Matthew Wells have to say.
Wells says it’s not the best fight of the year. It was an incredible fight, but he doesn’t consider it as the fight of the year. He wants to remind everyone of Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk. That’s the fight that Wells believes is the fight of the year so far. He feels like Figueiredo vs. Moreno was let down by a poor fifth round after Moreno suffered from an apparent injury. But rounds one-through-four were absolutely fantastic, and the fight looked to be on track to be the best fight of the year.
Auger says that he would argue the same. He recently rewatched Weili vs. Joanna and said that it was exciting from start-to-finish. But one thing that Weili vs. Joanna doesn’t have going for it is that it was purely stand-up. Figueiredo vs. Moreno, on the other hand, was contested standing up and on the ground. The scrambles were fantastic, and there was plenty of grappling. This fight really showed all facets of mixed martial arts.
Figueiredo vs. Moreno also lost some traction because of Moreno’s late injury that slowed things down, the eye pokes from Figueiredo early, and the brutal low blow. And Figueiredo was also battling a stomach infection the night before.
Wells questions how this fight happened at all. If Figueiredo wasn’t in good shape, then he really shouldn’t have been fighting in the first place. Auger comments that the UFC desperately requires a title fight on PPV cards. This was the only way.
Which fight gets your vote this year? Weili vs. Joanna or Figueiredo vs. Moreno?
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