Nonito Donaire lauds sparring partner Brandon Moreno for bagging UFC flyweight title

Published June 13, 2021, 8:47 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Filipino boxing icon and WBC bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire lauded his sparring partner Brandon Moreno for bagging the UFC flyweight title.

PARTNERS TO CHAMPIONS – WBC bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (left) and now UFC flyweight king Brandon Moreno strike a pose after a sparring session in this file photo. (Photo from Nonito Donaire’s Twitter account)

Taking it to social media, Donaire took his time to congratulate his partner for the feat, two weeks after the Filipino pug became the WBC bantamweight king by dethroning Frenchman Nordine Oubaali.

“Odds were against us. But when they are, we show up. Congrats to my brother @theassassinbaby for getting what is yours,” wrote the 38-year-old Donaire.

“Glad to have had camps side by side with you and sparred brother for this camp. So grateful I got to see you off after my fight before you took off for yours. An honor. I will see [you] in Vegas my man.”

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Moreno submitted Deiveson Figueiredo in the third round to capture the flyweight belt in UFC 263 at the Gila River Arena in Arizona, making him the first Mexican-born champion in UFC history.

Moreno and Donaire were sparring partners when the latter was preparing for his much-awaited comeback and title bout against Oubaali last May 29.

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In a way, the two helped each other to improve their arsenal in preparation for their respective matches.

A week prior to UFC 263, Donaire had visited Moreno and left some pieces of advice, this time with the WBC belt hanging on his shoulders.

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And little did Moreno knew that he was about to grab a belt of his own at that time.

From sparring partners, Donaire and Moreno have shared a stronger bond by becoming world champions in their respective sports.

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