UFC 290: Twitter reacts to Alexandre Pantoja claiming flyweight title in highly-praised war with Brandon Moreno

See how the MMA community reacted to Alexandre Pantoja vs Brandon Moreno 2 ending with a new UFC flyweight champion
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As if the UFC 290 card couldn't get any more exciting as it lives up to the hype, Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja put on a bloody showdown as they went toe-to-toe, vying for the UFC flyweight championship.

In the end, only one man was able to come out on top, and that was Pantoja, who walks away the new UFC flyweight champion.

For five straight rounds, the two battered one another, busting each other open but refusing to back down from the other's attack. Pantoja, however, was able to threaten the champion throughout the first round — though Moreno fired back with a dominant display in the second round.

The remaining three rounds, however, saw Pantoja strategically try to limit Moreno's striking with his takedowns and grappling, searching for a choke a number of times. Ultimately, Moreno still had his moments where he seemed to get the better of Pantoja, causing crazy debate over how the judges would score the fight.

One judge gave Moreno all but one round, but the other two judges scored the fight 48-47 for Pantoja, making him the new champion.

UFC 290: Twitter reacts to Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja 2

Though this is their second official meeting, it's actually the third time that Moreno and Pantoja have faced off. The two first met in 2016 on the flyweight season of The Ultimate Fighter, with Pantoja winning by submission. They then met in May 2018 on a UFC Fight Night card, with Pantoja earning a decision win.

This was the first fight for Moreno since recapturing the UFC flyweight championship, winning it back in his quadrilogy bout with Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 283 in January.

Pantoja came into this fight off a 91-second submission of Alex Perez at UFC 277 in July.

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