No more friendliness in Brandon Moreno – 2018 turned out to be an unusually lousy year for Brandon Moreno. First, he was fired from the UFC for not the worst performances (that year, the promotion decided to disband the lightest division), and a few months after losing his dream job, doctors discovered a tumor in his newborn daughter Megan’s stomach.
The girl had to urgently operate, and Brandon and his wife Shirley did not have the required amount. The saving check eventually came from the parents of the fighter – entrepreneurs from the Mexican city of Tijuana. Since 1997, Alfredo and Cecilia Moreno have been successfully running the piñatas (papier-mâché toys and wrapping paper) business and pulled the money out of their business to pay for their granddaughter’s treatment
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The Family Wellbeing
Today, Megan is healthy and feels great next to her two sisters – 27-year-old Moreno already has three daughters, and this makes him the largest father of any reigning UFC champion. Soon after financial help from his parents in the fall of 2018; Brandon also raked up problems in sports – he climbed into a solid regional promotion of the LFA; where he managed to become a champion (victory by knockout in a title fight) and declare himself again. By that time, Henry Sehudo had defend the lightest division against the UFC bosses, and so new good guys urgently needed to deepen the roster. Then the matchmakers remembered Brandon Moreno and returned him to the UFC.
“I always tried to be very smiling, friendly, but then something happened to me”
Moreno’s path to today’s success is a very beautiful zigzag. He began his career as a pro with a Jornimen record of 3-3, fought in the UFC sports on the undercard of Artyom Lobov’s fight, was fired at a not-so-bad record in the promotion – 3-2 (and with a rather controversial defeat to Sergio Pettis), returned to the miraculously saved division, cleared his way to the title, ate 95 blows to the head from the hardest hitting puncher in UFC flyweight history, Davison Figueiredo, and didn’t even fall, then crushed him in rematch, inflicting the Brazilian’s first early career defeat. A very rare route in terms of difficulty, which underlines such a nice fact; Moreno is only one of three champions in the history of the promotion; who was able to return to the organization; after being fire and win the title (the other two are Robbie Lawler and Fabricio Werdum).