Dana White second guesses after fight with Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno: ‘That was rude ******

Dana White feels bad about it raining on Brandon Moreno’s motorcade.

After Moreno won the interim flyweight championship over Kai Cara-France in Saturday’s co-main event at UFC 277, longtime rival Deiveson Figueiredo was invited to the Octagon for an impromptu showdown.

Figueiredo will likely try to unite his unchallenged title with Moreno’s provisional title in a four-way match in the near future, and while the post-fight exchange has been mostly respectful, White wonders if he and his team should handle the situation differently.

“You know what it is, it was a thing at the moment,” White said at the press conference the evening after the match ended. Then when he got up there I was like, ‘Okay, that was rude. This kid is having his moment, and Figueiredo might stand up to him.

“But it happened, it wasn’t terrible, and we didn’t mean disrespect for Moreno, but it was pretty disrespectful.”

Moreno was asked what he thought of the situation, and admitted he was enthusiastic, but felt it was best to set aside any animosity between him and Figueiredo for the sake of his family.

“I don’t care,” Moreno said. “You know, I promise I was ready to throw everything against him at that moment. He’s been in Dallas for a couple of days, I saw him in the lobby and man, I was ready to take the mic, ‘Let’s go Mom *****! Let’s go to fourth!'”

“But everything I said was true. My other daughter, Madison, is eight and now she understands everything or not, but she will. I knew I had the opportunity to set a better example for her.”

“I don’t want her father doing stupid things on TV. So I don’t know, I took the place to say, ‘Man, brother, I forgive you for everything and I hope you’ll forgive me if I do something bad against you and that’s it. But don’t be confused, I want to I fight you.”

Tetralogies are rare anywhere in combat sports, and no fighters have faced off four times under the UFC banner, but that seems to be where Moreno and Figueiredo are headed. Their series is currently at 1-1-1, with the two battling for a tie at UFC 256 and then splitting a pair of instant rematch matches at UFC 263 and UFC 270. Figueiredo recently claimed bragging rights, defeating Moreno by unanimous decision this past January.

It’s certainly possible, White said, that this once-in-a-lifetime rivalry could extend beyond a triathlon.

“Ten times,” White said. “It’s one of those unique and scary deals where – who wouldn’t want to see that fight again? And I’m the worst with this ***, I hate that stuff. If you’ve got a guy that’s 2 to 1 or whatever, you’ll never need to see This fight ever again. But that’s just one of those weird things you can do.”

During Saturday’s post-fight interaction with Moreno, Figueiredo said he would like the fourth fight to take place in Brazil. The UFC has not been to Figueiredo’s home since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. However, White is optimistic that they can return to Brazil in 2023.

“We hope to go to Brazil next year,” he said. “Once again, we’ll see what this crazy world throws at us in the next six months.”

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