The MMA world is still reeling from the major pay-per-view that was UFC 290. Headlined by two title fights, this 13-fight card fired on all cylinders and delivered a fight card that some are already considering the best of the year.
Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight gold against Yair Rodriguez in the main event on the night. The preceding bout had a different outcome as Brandon Moreno was unsuccessful in his flyweight title defense against Alexandre Pantoja.
The fight between Moreno and Pantoja was the third meeting between the pair, with 'The Cannibal' having won their previous two encounters. This was perhaps their most contested bout to date and the two took each other to their absolute limits all the way to taking the fight of the night bonus.
When it came down to it, the judges had a split decision in favor of Pantoja, crowning him the new 125-pound champion and placing Brazil right back in the UFC champions' list. For now-former flyweight champion, Brandon Moreno, the question is what could be next for him.
When is Brandon Moreno's next fight?
At the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White gave an update that both Moreno and Pantoja were rushed to the hospital, with Moreno having suffered a broken hand in the first round of the fight. In the immediate aftermath, Moreno will surely be focused on a full recovery before he makes his plans known.
When he does come back, a rematch with Pantoja could be on the table too. Moreno is no stranger to having rivalries that have multiple layers to them, with Moreno feuding with Deiveson Figueiredo a total four times.
After the fight at UFC 290, Pantoja gave respect to Moreno and admitted he had evolved as a fighter. This could serve as a foundation for another clash between the pair.
The flyweight division also has an impressive top 15, and Moreno could also take on some of those fighters. With his status as a former champion though, Moreno will most likely get to have a rematch with Pantoja before anything else.