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Brandon Moreno produces a SAVAGE body shot to claim a third round TKO win over Kai Kara-France

Brandon Moreno produces a SAVAGE body shot to claim a third-round TKO win over Kai Kara-France to win the UFC’s interim flyweight title…and now he faces a fourth fight against bitter rival Deiveson Figueiredo

  • Brandon Moreno Sealed Third Round TKO on Rival Kai Kara-France at UFC 277
  • The Mexican produced a salvage kick to the liver in the last minute of the round
  • Moreno won the interim flyweight title in the co-main event in Dallas, Texas
  • The 28-year-old is now up against Deiveson Figueredo for the undisputed title

Brandon Moreno scored a third round TKO win over Kai Kara-France set up with a thunderous kick to the body to win the interim flyweight title in the co-main event at UFC 277 in Texas.

Kara-France cut Moreno with an elbow under his right eye early in the third. Moreno was down and Kara-France started landing shots from the top and took control of the fight.

In the last minute of the round, Moreno shot Kara-France with a savage kick to the liver.

Brandon Moreno scored a third round TKO win over Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 in Dallas

Brandon Moreno scored a third round TKO win over Kai Kara-France at UFC 277 in Dallas

Moreno shoots Kara-France with a savage kick to the liver before finishing it off with punches

Moreno shoots Kara-France with a savage kick to the liver before finishing it off with punches

New Zealander Kara-France folded in pain and Moreno finished him off with punches with referee Herb Dean stopping the fight at 4:34 of the third.

“I’ve practiced that kick so many times,” said Moreno, who switched camps after his last fight with Deiveson Figueiredo and was trained for this by James Krause.

“I’ve worked so much on it.”

New Zealander Kara-France folded in pain and Moreno finished with punches

New Zealander Kara-France folded in pain and Moreno finished with punches

The Mexican now looks set to face Deiveson Figueredo for the undisputed title later this year, as they may face a fourth fight.

Figueiredo was in the crowd and entered the ring after the fight, where he praised Moreno’s performance, before revealing that he wants to fight him for the fourth time.

“This man here, tonight is his night and he’s the champion,” Figueiredo said through a translator.

“I have a lot of respect for him… I want to take this fight to Brazil.”

Deiveson Figueiredo (right) sat in the crowd going into the ring after Moreno .'s win

Deiveson Figueiredo (right) sat in the crowd going into the ring after Moreno .’s win

The two have had a heated rivalry since 2020, especially from Figueiredo’s side.

Moreno challenged Figueiredo for the title in December 2020 and fought him for a majority draw. He then defeated Figueiredo by submitting in an instant rematch, before losing a controversial decision in their third fight in January.

‘I don’t hate you. I don’t feel anything against you. I forgive you,” Moreno said to Figueiredo.

“Forgive me if I’ve done something bad to you. I want to fight in December.’

UFC boss Dana White confirmed he hopes the sport will return to Brazil next year, adding: “We’ll see what this crazy world has in store for us in the next six months.”

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