Brandon Moreno vs. Ray Borg slated for UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin

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Next year’s UFC Fight Night 126 event in Texas has its first fight, and it’s an intriguing one.

Officials today announced a fight between young prospect Brandon Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and recent title challenger Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), which is slated for the early-2018 event (via Twitter):

UFC Fight Night 126 takes place Feb. 18 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Borg is No. 5 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, and Moreno is No. 8.

Moreno, a 23-year-old Mexican fighter, became a quick fan favorite after storming on the UFC scene with a three-fight winning streak. “The Assassin Baby” picked off some big names – Louis Smolka, Ryan Benoit and Dustin Ortiz – during the stretch, which pushed his overall winning streak to 11 fights. However, in his most recent bout, he suffered a unanimous-decision defeat to fellow contender Sergio Pettis in August’s UFC Fight Night 114 headliner.

Moreno now meets Borg, a 24-year-old who went 5-1 with victories over the likes of Smolka and Jussier Formiga to earn a title shot with champ Demetrious Johnson. However, in UFC 216’s co-headliner in October, “The Tazmexican Devil” suffered a fifth-round submission loss to the champ via dazzling armbar.

Additional UFC Fight Night 126 bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more on UFC Fight Night 126, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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USADA: UFC's Brandon Moreno accepts no-fault finding after failed drug test

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Officials from the UFC’s anti-doping partner, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), today announced a finding of no-fault after standout UFC flyweight Brandon Moreno failed a drug test.

Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) failed a drug test for trace amounts of the banned substance clenbuterol. But after an investigation, USADA determined that the positive likely came from contaminated meat, an issue well-known to the anti-doping agency.

Consequently, USADA ruled Moreno ingested clenbuterol “without fault or negligence,” clearing him of a potential anti-doping violation.

“Consistent with numerous prior reported cases globally, the issue of illicit administration of clenbuterol to animals destined for food production can result in, under specific conditions, a positive sample from an athlete,” USADA stated in a press release sent to MMAjunkie. “Both USADA and WADA have issued specific warnings about this problem in China and Mexico.”

Moreno, a native of Tijuana, Mexico, failed an in-competition test in the early hours of Aug. 6, after a unanimous-decision loss to Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 114, which took place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. USADA then looked into his whereabouts prior to the fight, his dietary habits, and laboratory reports showing “very low parts per billion concentrations of the prohibited substance.”

“Based on this information, USADA concluded that the presence of clenbuterol in the athlete’s sample very likely resulted from clenbuterol-contaminated meat consumed in Mexico,” the release stated. “USADA’s investigation also took into consideration the negative results for samples collected from Moreno both before and after his positive test. As a result, Moreno will not face a period of ineligibility for his positive test.”

On WADA’s banned substance list, clenbuterol, a stimultant, is on a short list of “other anabolic agents” banned at all times. A first-time UFC offender would likely face a two-year suspension.

While Moreno escapes a sanction as the result of USADA’s findings, the anti-doping agency issued another warning about clenbuterol-tainted meat.

“While the risk of … testing positive for an athlete is extremely small, consistent with past athlete advisories, USADA reminds athletes to use the utmost care if eating meat in known high risk countries, including Mexico and China,” the release stated. “In line with WADA recommendations, USADA will continue to assess the presence of clenbuterol in an athlete’s sample on a case by case basis, taking into account all the evidence supporting the likelihood of such contamination.”

Moreno joins a list of fighters cleared by USADA for accidentally ingesting clenbuterol, including Mexican UFC veteran Augusto Montano and Chinese fighters Ning Guangyou and Li Jingliang.

Moreno’s loss to Pettis snapped a three-fight winning streak and temporarily dashed his hopes of getting into title contention.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kevin Lee, Ray Borg and UFC 216's losing fighters?

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UFC 216 will go down as event to forget for some, because all four main card losers were put away in the distance on the pay-per-view lineup at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

After the opening between Evan Dunham and Beneil Dariush went to a draw, each subsequent fight saw the loser forced to tap out, including Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in his interim lightweight title headlining bout with Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) as well Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in his first UFC title bout with Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC).

Prior to the championship bouts, Walt Harris (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) were put away by there respective opponents in less than three minutes each.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 216’s losing fighters.

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Kalindra Faria

Should fight: “The Ultimate Fighter 26” cast member
Why they should fight: Faria’s UFC debut came under less than ideal circumstances. After being booked or short notice then having her opponent switched on even shorter notice, the Brazilian fell short against Mara Romero Borella with a first-round submission loss.

Faria is one of the most established veterans of the women’s flyweight division, and although the UFC debut didn’t go her way, she’s still a promising member of the organization’s newest weight class.

The Brazilian would have liked her octagon career to begin under better circumstances, but Faria will certainly get another chance to prove herself. The infancy of the 125-pound division makes it difficult to judge who her next fight should be, but a matchup with someone who does well on the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which will crown the division’s inaugural champion, would be fitting.

Walt Harris

Should fight: Mark Godbeer
Why they should fight: Opportunity knocked and Harris answered, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to charge through the door. After Derrick Lewis fell off the card just before it was scheduled to begin, Harris stepped in to take on a huge task in Fabricio Werdum. To the surprise of almost no one, it didn’t go his way.

Harris had never fought anyone close to Werdum’s caliber, and it showed. He was quickly taken down and submitted within 65 seconds. Instead of getting down on a high-profile loss, though, “The Big Ticket” took it all as a learning experience to get better.

Before the last-minute scramble Harris was booked to fight Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the card. It would be fair to both sides to put that matchup back together considering both men put in an entire training camp for each other but never got to put it to use.

Ray Borg

Should fight: Brandon Moreno
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Borg should fight Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) next.

Kevin Lee

Should fight: Al Iaquinta
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Lee should rematch Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Valentina Shevchenko and UFC 215's other losing fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 215’s winning fighters?)

UFC 215 took place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a five-fight pay-pay-per-view main card.

Valentina Shevchenko (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fell short of claiming the UFC women’s bantamweight title in the headliner when she suffered a split-decision loss to Amanda Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) to experience her second UFC blemish, both of which have come against “The Lioness.”

Some other fighters suffered notable losses, as well, with Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and Wilson Reis (22-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) suffering stoppage losses, and Tyson Pedro (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Gilbert Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) falling short on the scorecards.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 215’s losing fighters.

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Gilbert Melendez

Jason Knight

Should fight: Jason Knight
Why they should fight: Melendez’s experimental drop to the featherweight division didn’t go according to plan against Jeremy Stephens, and now the former Strikeforce champion is sitting on a four-fight losing skid and is winless over a nearly four-year period.

Although he’s had two title shots and a “Fight of the Year” contender with Diego Sanchez in 2013, Melendez’s run in the UFC can likely be summed up as disappointing, especially when considering only the number of wins and losses.

At 35, it remains to be seen if Melendez will want to continue to fight much longer, especially with ownership of his own gym and an analyst gig with ESPN. Assuming he wants to continue, and stay at featherweight, a number of interesting fights are available in the division.

A slugger such as Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) could potentially bring out the best in Melendez, and if it went the other way, Knight would add a legitimate name to his resume following a knockout loss to Ricardo Lamas at UFC 214 in July.

Tyson Pedro

Gian Villante

Should fight: Gian Villante
Why they should fight: Pedro experienced the first defeat of his career when he fell short with a unanimous-decision loss to Swedish powerhouse Ilir Latifi.

After a six-fight winning streak to begin his career, Pedro couldn’t rise to the level of his most elite opponent to date, and that shows he’s not quite ready for the higher-tier fighters in the light-heavyweight division.

A matchup with Villante (15-9 MMA, 5-6 UFC) wouldn’t be a big step back from Latifi, but he would present a winnable fight for the Australian that would also afford him a chance to add a notable name to his resume.

Wilson Reis

Brandon Moreno

Should fight: Brandon Moreno
Why they should fight: After being handed a brutal beatdown at the hands of flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson earlier this year, Reis took an even more one-sided loss when Henry Cejudo knocked him out cold in the matchup of former title challengers.

Reis was unable to accomplish anything in just over a round of cage time with Cejudo, and he got picked apart and ultimately finished with a series of second-round strikes. It’s unfamiliar territory for the Brazilian, who had never been finished in the UFC prior to this current skid.

Given the nature of his past two fights, it would probably be in Reis’ best interest to take a little time off. Once he’s recovered and recharged, though, a bout with fellow grappling specialist Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) would be as compelling as any other available option at 125 pounds.

Neil Magny

Gunnar Nelson

Should fight: Gunnar Nelson
Why they should fight: After sitting out for eight months, Magny suffered a setback in his return to the octagon in the form of a first-round submission loss to former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Magny has been stellar over the past few years, but in recent fights, he’s run into some issues that have prevented him from getting his hand raised. The American will need to make some adjustments in order to reach greater heights in the division, but many compelling matchups remain.

Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) dangerous ground game and evolving striking would clash well with Magny’s versatile offense and defense. Both men would enter the fight off a loss, meaning even greater stakes and risk when they share the octagon.

Valentina Shevchenko

Should fight: Sara McMann
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Shevchenko should fight McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) next after her title-fight loss.

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 post-event facts: Overlooked card proves heavy on history

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The UFC’s lone August event delivered on Saturday when UFC Fight Night 114 took place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico.

The FS1-televised card, which followed early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, was headlined by a flyweight fight that saw Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) defeat fellow rising star Brandon Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) by unanimous decision.

Although the main event went the distance, there was plenty of action out of the gates. A record-tying seven fights ended in the first round. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s fifth event in Mexico, check below for 45 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 114.

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General

UFC Fight Night 114’s seven first-round stoppage results tied six other events (UFC 146, The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale and UFC Fight Night 14, 32, 68) for the most in history.

The Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $117,500.

Debuting fighters went 2-1 at the event.

Niko Price, Humberto Bandenay, Alejandro Perez and Dustin Ortiz earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 114 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 114 drew an announced attendance of 10,172. No live gate was announced.

Betting favorites went 8-4 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 1:39:13, the shortest of the UFC’s 23 events so far this year.

Main card

Sergio Pettis

Pettis improved to 4-1 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in March 2015.

Pettis’ four-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind champ Demetrious Johnson (12) and Joseph Benavidez (six).

Pettis has earned all seven of his UFC victories by decision.

Moreno had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since July 2012.

Moreno has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Alexa Grasso

Alexa Grasso (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned both of her UFC victories by decision.

Randa Markos (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over her past 10 career bouts.

Markos has completed at least one takedown against six of her seven UFC opponents.

Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

Humberto Bandenay

Bandenay (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned his third victory of 2017.

Bandenay has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Bandenay’s 26-second victory was the third fastest debut of any featherweight in UFC history. Only Makwan Amirkhani (8 seconds) and Dooho Choi (18 seconds) had quicker debuts.

Martin Bravo (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for his first career defeat.

Sam Alvey’s (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) eight victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Gegard Mousasi for most in the division.

Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss, extending the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2013.

Evans fell to 0-2 since he dropped to the middleweight division in March.

Evans has suffered five of his seven career losses by decision.

Andre Soukhamthath (11-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all five of his career losses by decision.

Soukhamthath became the first fighter in UFC history to suffer a decision loss despite scoring three knockdowns of his opponent.

Preliminary card

Jack Hermansson

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 13 of his 16 career victories by stoppage.

Hermansson has earned both of his UFC stoppage victories by first-round knockout.

Brad Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) has earned all of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Ortiz’s 15-second knockout victory was the fastest stoppage in UFC flyweight history.

Ortiz’s three knockout victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind John Lineker (four).

Hector Sandoval (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by stoppage.

Rani Yahya

Rani Yahya (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC) has earned 18 of his 24 career victories by submission. He’s finished 12 of those wins in Round 1.

Yahya’s six submission victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are the second most in combined divisional history behind Urijah Faber (seven).

Henry Briones (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss, extending the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2014.

Briones suffered his first submission loss since Feb. 23, 2008 – a span of 3,451 days (more than nine years) and 19 fights.

Jose Quinonez’s (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind champ Cody Garbrandt (five) and Jimmie Rivera (five).

Diego Rivas (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his seven-fight winning streak snapped for his first career defeat.

Joseph Morales (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned seven of his nine career victories by stoppage.

Roberto Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his seven-fight winning streak snapped for his first career defeat.

Jordan Rinaldi

Jordan Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) earned just the fourth Von Flue choke submission victory in UFC history. He joins Ovince Saint Preux (two) and Jason Von Flue (one) as fighters to accomplish the feat.

Alvaro Herrera (9-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was unsuccessful in his UFC lightweight debut.

Herrera fell to 1-2 since he returned from a more than three-year layoff in August 2016.

Herrera has suffered all five of his career losses by stoppage.

Herrera has suffered both of his UFC losses by submission.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC Fight Night 114 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total passes $14 million

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MEXICO CITY – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $117,500.

UFC Fight Night 114 took place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC), who suffered a split-decision loss to Sam Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on the main card. “Suga” received $20,000 for his 22nd octagon appearance, the highest non-title payout possible.

The full UFC Fight Night 114 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Sergio Pettis: $5,000
def. Brandon Moreno: $2,500

Alexa Grasso: $2,500
def. Randa Markos: $5,000

Niko Price: $2,500
def. Alan Jouban: $5,000

Humberto Bandenay: $2,500
def. Martin Bravo: $2,500

Sam Alvey: $10,000
def. Rashad Evans: $20,000

Alejandro Perez: $5,000
def. Andre Soukhamthath: $2,500

Jack Hermansson: $2,500
def. Bradley Scott: $5,000

Dustin Ortiz: $10,000
def. Hector Sandoval: $2,500

Rani Yahya: $15,000
def. Henry Briones: $2,500

Jose Quinonez: $2,500
def. Diego Rivas: $2,500

Joseph Morales: $2,500
def. Roberto Sanchez: $2,500

Jordan Rinaldi: $2,500
def. Alvaro Herrera: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,775,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,098,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 video highlights: Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno

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After getting dominated in the first round, Sergio Pettis shut down Brandon Moreno’s takedown and took over on his feet.

Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) soundly outstruck Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) from the second frame into championship rounds to take home a unanimous decision via scores of 49-46 and 48-46 twice.

The flyweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Sergio Pettis' victory over Brandon Moreno at UFC Fight Night 114

A new contender in the UFC flyweight division was decided Saturday when Sergio Pettis defeated Brandon Moreno in the UFC Fight Night 114 headliner.

Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) earned his fourth consecutive victory at 125 pounds when he defeated Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) by unanimous decision in the FS1-televised main event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. Early prelims streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Pettis’ victory over Moreno at UFC Fight Night 114.

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UFC Fight Night 114 results: Sergio Pettis outstrikes Brandon Moreno, earns unanimous decision

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After getting dominated in the first round, Sergio Pettis shut down Brandon Moreno’s takedown and took over on his feet.

Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) soundly outstruck Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) from the second frame into championship rounds to take home a unanimous decision via scores of 49-46 and 48-46 twice.

“I definitely had to face some adversity,” Pettis said afterward. “He came out there and put me in a very dangerous position. I had four rounds to prove I was a better man, and I did it.”

The flyweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Moreno, No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, came in hoping to get a big win in front of his native Mexico and gave the crowd high hopes early. A kick from Pettis allowed him to take the fight to the mat, and he quickly scrambled to back control, where he set up a choke. Unable to free himself, Pettis spent the opening frame fighting Moreno’s hands and biding his time.

Pettis had the opportunity to give Moreno the same treatment in the second round when he caught a kick. Instead, he stood back and settled in with striking. Moreno took him back down but was forced to retreat after Pettis used a triangle choke to initiate a scramble.

A little too loose for his own good, Moreno took several hard right hands as he channeled martial arts movies with his movement and left his head blatantly exposed. Pettis figured out he could land kicks as Moreno circled away, and head kicks started to land.

Pettis did his best work in the third frame, picking apart Moreno on the feet and opening a cut with a head kick. Gone was the smile on Moreno’s face as he bled and met diminishing returns with takedown attempts.

“His standup surprised me a lot,” Pettis said. “He gave me a different look. Kind of made me question my look, like an open style I had to adjust to.”

By the fourth round, Pettis no longer needed to fear the takedown. Moreno tried to make up some ground on the feet and instead caught more shots to the dome as sharp combinations cut off his wide attacks.

Told the fight was even by his corner, Moreno charged into a takedown in the final frame. He had his moment, yet he was unable to land any significant offense, and Pettis escaped to his feet, where he continued to control the stand-up action.

“I noticed he had his left hand down a lot, so I kept poking him with that jab,” Pettis said afterward. “He kept circling toward my left low kick, and I’ve got a funky switch-kick that I was catching him with. I just had to adjust my style, and it all worked out.”

Asked whom he’d like to take on next after taking out a fellow up-and-comer, Pettis deferred to the UFC in lieu of a title shot.

“I’ve got to wait for the higher powers to tell me what I want,” he said. “Obviously, I’d like a title shot, but there’s a lot of things I need to polish up to get there.”

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Mexico City.)

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Who ya got?! Fighters weigh in on Brandon Moreno vs. Sergio Pettis at UFC Fight Night 114

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MEXICO CITY – Flyweights are on display when the UFC returns to Mexico on Saturday, including a home-grown fan favorite in the main event.

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, Mexico’s own Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) takes on Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a crucial fight for the 125-pound title picture. Moreno is a slight favorite on his home turf.

Our staff picks are in. But who are some of the other fighters on the UFC Fight Night 114 card picking in the main event?

Check out the video above to get their picks.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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