Figueiredo and Moreno both picked up victories at November’s UFC 255, creating a very unique situation of a title fight featuring two fighters who competed just one month prior to the event. Figueiredo will be attempting to make the second successful defense of his championship after submitting Alex Perez at UFC 255.
Plus, some of UFC’s top prospects are back in action on Saturday night. Mackenzie Dern is in a featured bout against Virna Jandiroba at 115 pounds. She has won two straight fights this year by first-round submission. And Chase Hooper, the 21-year-old phenom, is back when he takes on Peter Barrett to open the event. Hooper lost a decision to Alex Caceres in his most recent contest, his first professional loss.
Figueiredo is coming off a submission of Alex Perez in less than two minutes. The win was the first defense of his 125-pound championship. Moreno stopped Brandon Royval in the first round of their UFC 255 fight and immediately began calling for a shot at the title. He got his wish, just on a much shorter timeline than expected.
os Santos (21-8) steps in as the decisive underdog. He has a four-inch reach disadvantage against his unbeaten counterpart. In addition, he has 4.59 significant strikes landed per minute to 5.12 for Gane, and he is slightly behind in significant strikes-accuracy percentage at 49.71 to 48.24. Dos Santos enters this one on a three-bout losing skid, falling to Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes and Jairzinho Rozenstruik, all by way of KO/TKO. In fact, each of Dos Santos’ past five fights have finished via knockout, including a pair of wins. He is 3-3 since his title-shot loss to Stipe Miocic May 13, 2017, which seems so long ago now.
But this card has some depth beyond the title fight main event. Lightweight contenders collide in the co-main event when perennial title contender Tony Ferguson returns to take on Charles Oliveira. Ferguson was considered the No. 1 contender for the 155-pound title for multiple years and had multiple bookings with champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, only to see each fall through for one reason or another. Now, coming off a destructive loss to Justin Gaethje in May, Ferguson is looking to get back to a title shot with a win over Oliveira, who himself has won seven in a row.
Hooper earned a developmental deal on Dana White’s Contender Series in July 2018 and made his octagon debut successfully with a first-round submission win over Daniel Teymur at UFC 245. He would go on to face longtime UFC veteran Alex Caceres and dropped a unanimous decision at June’s UFC 250 event.
Barrett drops to 0-2 in his UFC career after earning a contract on DWCS in August 2019.