UFC 277 press conference: All the key quotes from ex-champ Brandon Moreno

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DALLAS – Former champion Brandon Moreno has a chance to get a UFC belt around his waist again Saturday.

Moreno (19-6-2 MMA, 7-3-2 UFC) meets Kai Kara-France (24-9 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in a rematch for the interim flyweight title with champ Deiveson Figueiredo currently sidelined. The two first fought in 2019, when Moreno won a unanimous decision. In the rematch at UFC 277, Moreno is more than a 2-1 favorite at Tipico Sportsbook.

Thursday, Moreno and Kara-France faced off verbally at the UFC 277 pre-fight news conference in Dallas. Then they faced off physically with a staredown ahead of Friday’s weigh-ins and Saturday’s co-main event.

UFC 277 takes place Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ABC/ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

Check out all the quotes from Moreno at the UFC 277 press conference below, as well as a video replay of the event.

UFC 277 pre-fight press conference replay

Moreno on having another exciting fight

Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France, UFC 245

“Last fight was very exciting. I’m not expecting some crazy change, talking about the excitement. He’s a guy who loves to go forward and loves to put pressure (on) and throw the right hand. I prepared myself for another war. I’m ready for whatever.”

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Moreno on looking past Kara-France to champ Figueiredo

Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo, UFC 270

“I have too much respect for Kai. I don’t know nothing bout Deiveson Figueiredo. Let me win this fight this Saturday, and we can talk about it.”

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Moreno on the possibility of letting his mean side out

Jan 22, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Brandon Moreno reacts to his loss against Deiveson Figueiredo during UFC 270 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

“Right now I’m just trying to enjoy the moment. I’m hungry. I’m cutting weight right now. But just give me some pasta (Friday after weigh-ins), some energy, and then I’ll show all the world why I was the champion and why I deserve to be the champion again.”

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Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie