Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed Moreno’s status as backup after an initial report from Eurosport Nederland.
UFC 296 takes place Dec. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a welterweight title fight between champ Leon Edwards and ex-interim champ Colby Covington.
If Moreno gets the call, he will get a chance to win back the belt he lost to Pantoja after an action-packed fight at UFC 290. The setback denied Moreno the chance to defend the belt after unifying it in a fourth fight with Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 283, which he won via TKO to up his record against the Brazilian ex-champ to 2-1-1.
Moreno has been on the sidelines since his loss to Pantoja, who attempts his first title defense after capping a four-fight winning streak by taking the flyweight title.