Brandon Moreno reacts to surprise, life-size Lego UFC belt

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Brandon Moreno’s 2022 is off to a great start.

The UFC flyweight champion and avid Lego builder received a pleasant surprise earlier this week as he received a life-size Lego UFC belt made by artist Chris Ihle. Moreno (19-5-2 MMA, 7-2-2 UFC) was ecstatic to say the least, as he previously told MMA Junkie months ago that he wanted a lego UFC belt.

“It was cool because it was a surprise,” Moreno told MMA Junkie in Spanish.
“A local artist here in Las Vegas got in touch with the UFC and they put it all together. The UFC just put out an article about how it was made and stuff.

“The UFC said to me, ‘Hey, you have to come to the UFC Apex today at this time. And I was like, ‘Oh, okay.’ I got there and they were all weird because there were cameras and they hooked me up to a mic. So I was like, ‘Hmm, why do I need a mic? Okay.’

“They told me to head to the octagon and the artists were there, I didn’t know who they were at the time. They told me congratulations, that they knew I was the first champion born and bred in Mexico and we know that you are a big fan of Legos, so you deserve it. And boom! They unveil it and show me the belt.

Moreno had to take a few steps back to take in what he had just seen. It was a dream come true.

“It’s very, very beautiful,” Moreno said. “The amount of detail in it is incredible. It’s super cool. I’m super focused on my fight right now, but once it passes I’m going to take my time and frame it and put it next to the real thing. It’s heavy. I think in total it is 2000 pieces and they used special glue for Lego plastic. I think they also used a metal plate in the middle to make it stronger.

Moreno (19-5-2 MMA, 7-2-2 UFC) made history as the first Mexican-born UFC champion when he submitted Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 263 in June. The pair will take things back for the third time when they face off in the co-main event of UFC 270 on January 22. This is Moreno’s first UFC title defense.

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