Marcelo Rojo, cornerman of Brandon Moreno, issues apology for monkey posts aimed at Deiveson Figueiredo ahead of UFC 263


Marcelo Rojo, a UFC featherweight and cornerman of Brandon Moreno, has issued an apology for making monkey posts aimed at Deiveson Figueiredo.

Moreno (18-5-2 MMA) and Figueiredo (20-1-1 MMA) are set to collide for a second time in tonight’s UFC 263 co-main event.

The pair initially clashed at UFC 256 in December of 2020, and after five rounds of thrilling back and forth action the contest was ruled a majority draw.

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Following their “fight of the year” performance, UFC President Dana White announced that the promotion would be booking an immediate rematch between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno.

Ahead of the highly anticipated rematch, one of Moreno’s cornerman, UFC featherweight Marcelo Rojo, shared some controversial monkey posts aimed at Figueiredo.

Rojo’s social media posts drew a ton of scrutiny and he has since issued the following apology (via Chisanga Malata on Twitter).

I am sorry I offended people yesterday, that was not the intention. I respect a lot the champion Deiveson, he is the champion for a reason. He is the best in the division and we do not have any problems between teams. That was just the moment that got heated because it’s a fight! And I am responsible for that, and I am sorry… This is the fight game and tomorrow our fighters are gonna give you a great show!” – Marcelo Rojo

Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1 MMA) captured the promotions vacant flyweight title in July of 2020, this after defeating Joseph Benavidez by way of technical submission. He would go on to earn his first career title defense at UFC 255, scoring a first round stoppage win over Alex Perez.

Meanwhile, Brandon Moreno (18-5-2 MMA) earned his first crack at the UFC’s flyweight title after putting together a three-fight win streak. During that impressive stretch the Mexican standout had scored wins over Kai Kara-France, Jussier Formiga and Brandon Royval.

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