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UFC 256 results: Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno battle to a thrilling majority draw

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History was made at Saturday night's UFC 256 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Twenty-one days after defending his flyweight championship at UFC 255, Deiveson Figueiredo faced Brandon Moreno in the shortest turnaround for a title defense. 

In a fight that set a flyweight record with 269 significant strikes, Figueiredo and Moreno had what UFC president Dana White called "the greatest fight in the history of the flyweight division," as they battled to a thrilling majority draw. Judges had it 47-46 Figueiredo, 47-47 and 47-47. DAZN News scored the fight a draw, 47-47.

From the opening bell, Figueiredo and Moreno slung the leather without taking a step back. But there was a bit of controversy, which ultimately helped decide the fight. 

After Figueiredo won the opening round, Moreno took the second with a pair of takedowns. Figueiredo had things in control in the third round. But the complexion of the bout changed when Figueiredo delivered a low blow while attempting a body kick. Moreno instantly fell to the mat and was coughing for a few moments. Moreno took a few minutes and said he was OK to continue. Instead of issuing a warning, referee Jason Herzog deducted one point from Figueiredo. 

The foul woke Moreno up. He started pressing the action, scoring takedowns and rocking Figueiredo on more than one occasion. Undeterred, Figueiredo would fire back to let Moreno know that he wasn't going to give up his belt that easy. Still, several sequences of the fight had Figueiredo landing stiff punches and elbows to the head and body, only for Moreno to instantly counter with a seemingly harder shot or takedown in scintillating action.

With the fight hanging in the balance in the fifth and final round, Figueiredo outgunned Moreno with heavy striking and notched a critical takedown with seconds remaining.

Watching perhaps the best fight of 2020, one can make the case that a rematch is more than warranted. Figueiredo (20-1-1) and Moreno (18-5-1, one no contest) said they're up for a sequel when they heal up from the war they just endured.

"I'm here for whatever Dana wants," Figueiredo said through an interpreter. "Let me breathe a bit first because the machine needs it."

Added Moreno: "We need a rematch. We need that rematch. For me, for Figueiredo, for the fans, for everybody."

Here is what happened at UFC 256.

UFC 256 main card

  • Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno go to a majority draw (47-46 Figueiredo, 47-47, 47-47)
  • Charles Oliveira def. Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Virna Jandiroba via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kevin Holland def. Ronaldo Souza by knockout at 1:45 of the first round
  • Ciryl Gane def. Junior dos Santos via TKO at 2:34 of the second round 

Prelims results

  • Cub Swanson def. Daniel Pineda via knockout at 1:52 of the second round
  • Rafael Fiziev def. Renato Moicano by knockout at 4:05 of the first round
  • Gavin Tucker def. Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Tecia Torres def. Sam Hughes by TKO at 5:00 of the first round
  • Chase Hooper def. Peter Barrett via submission (heel hook) at 3:02 of the third round

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Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno go to a majority draw

Figueiredo and Moreno battle to a majority draw (47-46 Figueiredo, 47-47, 47-47). Like we said earlier, the inexplicable point deduction by Herzog cost Figueiredo the fight as three judges scored it for Figueiredo. 

This fight was so good and so close. We have to see it again.

Figueiredo-Moreno Round 5

Figueiredo starts the final round by firing and throwing a hard body kick which appears to have broken Moreno's left forearm. Figueiredo's content on staying on the outside and pumps the jab. Moreno's not doing much of anything.

Seconds remaining, Figueiredo judo tosses Moreno to the mat and throws a series of hammerfists. We now go to the judges. It's anyone's fight. (10-9 Figueiredo, 47-47)

Figueiredo-Moreno Round 4

My goodness, Figueiredo and Moreno are bringing the thunder. Moreno nearly put Figueiredo away on the feet, blasting him with a combination. Somehow, Figueiredo survived and connects on a thunderous combination of his own to send Moreno against the cage. At the end of the combination, Moreno secures a key takedown to steal the round. Any time Figueiredo connects with a punch or elbow, it seems like Moreno counters with a harder punch or takedown. It all comes down to the fifth and final round. (10-9 Moreno, 38-37 Moreno)

Figueiredo-Moreno Round 3

Figueiredo is controlling the action on the feet. He's landing the harder shots and staying the more active of the two. But the complexion of the round changed when Figueiredo threw a hard kick to the groin area which sent Moreno crumbling to the ground. Referee Jason Herzog deducted a point from Figueiredo. 

A close round that normally would go to Figueiredo but the inexplicable point deduction makes it an even round. Hard to understand why Herzog takes a point away there. It would be understandable if it kept happening but it did not. The referee shouldn't be allowed to decided a fight like that. Hopefully, it doesn't come down to that. (9-9, 28-28)

Figueiredo-Moreno Round 2

This fight is going at a rapid pace with both guys performing at full throttle. Figueiredo and Moreno are constantly moving, throwing hard shots. The key to the round was Moreno securing two takedowns.

How is Figueiredo going to handle going into the later rounds with the weight he cuts? (10-9 Moreno, 19-19)

Deiveson Figueiredo-Brandon Moreno Round 1

Figueiredo and Moreno bringing the thunder. The champion comes right out and throws a spinning back kick to the body. Moreno's doing good work with the jab. But Figueiredo is staying more action, landing the harder shots. 

Moreno needs to switch it up and make Figueiredo think. (10-9 Figueiredo)

UFC 256 main event

It's time for the main event of UFC 256 as Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1) defends the flyweight title against No. 1-ranked contender Brandon Moreno (18-5, one no contest).

Each guy fought 21 days ago at UFC 255 with Figueiredo submitting Alex Perez and Moreno stopping Brandon Royval. 

Who is going to be the fresher guy and have the mental fortitude to pull through and win the big one?

Charles Oliveira notches career-defining win over Tony Ferguson

Oliveira def. Ferguson by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26). You couldn't have asked for a better performance. Oliveira looked comfortable in every facet. Oliveira was always two steps ahead of Ferguson. He dominated all 15 minutes and could have went another 10 rather easily.

Have to give Oliveira credit. He delivered in a high pressure situation when he's failed to do so in the past. That's eight wins a row for "Do Bronx," who now is in prime position for a title shot and belongs in the conversation with Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje and champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

Ferguson-Oliveira Round 3

Oliveira doing exactly what he did in the two previous rounds. Any time Ferguson attempts to get going, Oliveira regains control instantly. A complete performance from Oliveira. There's no doubt who the winner is here. (10-9 Oliveira, 30-27 Oliveira)

Ferguson-Oliveira Round 2

Much of the same in the second round. Oliveira takes Ferguson right back to the mat. Ferguson throws an illegal kick which causes a cut to Oliveira's forehead. The action is stopped to see if Oliveira is OK. Oliveira continues looking for submission while battering Ferguson with punches to the side. 

Ferguson is in a world of trouble as he needs a stoppage going into the final round. (10-9 Oliveira, 20-18 Oliveira)

Tony Ferguson-Charles Oliveira Round 1

All Oliveira. The Brazilian's punches are crisp and on point. Oliveira decides he wants to take the fight to the ground and with seconds remaining, locks in an armbar. Ferguson screams in agony as Oliveira bends the arm all the way back, hyperextending it. Ferguson refuses to submit as the bell sounds. I don't know how Ferguson survived the submission attempt. The left arm looks to be broken. (10-9 Oliveira)

UFC 256 main event time

It's time for the co-main event of UFC 256 as No. 3-ranked Tony Ferguson (26-4) takes on No. 7-ranked Charles Oliveira (29-8, one no-contest). Ferguson, a former interim lightweight champion, looks to rebound from his loss to Justin Gaethje to snap his 12-fight winning streak. 

Oliveira is on a tear, winning seven consecutive bouts since moving up to 155 pounds.

Fans are excited about Ferguson-Oliveira and rightfully so. Buckle up, this is going to be a ton of fun.

Mackenzie Dern wins the battle of the grapplers over Virna Jandiroba

Dern def. Jandiroba by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). While disappointing that we didn't see the two expert grapplers exchange holds on the mat, Dern and Jandiroba slung the leather for 15 minutes.

The fight was up for grabs in the third round. With a broken nose and blood pouring out of it, Dern won the final stanza and the fight by throwing the hard jab and body kicks that rattled Jandiroba. 

Dern has now won three in a row and will be in the top 10 when the next rankings come out. 

Battle of top-notch grapplers

At UFC 256, No. 11-ranked contender Mackenzie Dern (9-1) fights No. 13-ranked contender Virna Jandiroba (16-1). Dern and Jandiroba are two of the better grapplers in all of MMA. Any time we see a fight like, it ends up being on the feet. If this fight goes to the ground, it should be a ton of fun to watch.

Kevin Holland notches possible "Knockout of the Year" vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza

Holland def. Souza via knockout at 1:45 of the first round. What an unbelievable KO!

Immediately, Souza took Holland down. Instead of being content and trying to get out of the position, Holland is unloading hard elbows on Jacare. Holland made his way up but Souza got the fight back down to the mat. Both guys were talking to one another. Holland started unloading punches on Souza that were taking their effect.

Before the finish, Holland told Souza "I had a dream about this" and then uncorked a straight right hand to send him over backwards. Holland sling shotted himself up and unloaded a series of right hands to send Souza into unconsciousness. 

That was definitely one of the best knockouts of the year. Holland runs his record to 5-0 for 2020. He definitely is in the running for "Fighter of the Year." 

Put up or shut up time for Kevin Holland

Right now at UFC 256, No. 10-ranked contender Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza squares off with No. 15-ranked Kevin Holland. Souza (26-8, one no-contest) returns to middleweight for the first time since April 2019. In his last time out, Souza lost to current light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz by split decision. 

Holland's (20-5) put himself on the map in 2020 as he looks for his fifth consecutive win in seven months. Holland likes to talk trash and now it's time to see if he can back up his words.

Ciryl Gane stops Junior dos Santos to remain undefeated

Gane def. dos Santos by TKO at 2:34 of the second round. Gane outclassed dos Santos from the get-go. He controlled the action on the feet and never let dos Santos get comfortable. 

The beginning of the end came when Gane rocked dos Santos with a stiff jab. dos Santos was retreating and Gane connected on a flying knee to the body, followed immediately with an elbow behind the ear to finish off the former heavyweight champion.

dos Santos complained about the stoppage, saying the elbow was to the head, which it wasn't. Gane is tied for the longest winning streak in the division at four. 

For dos Santos, that's four straight losses. With the UFC looking to trim the roster, this could be the last time dos Santos competes inside the Octagon.

Former heavyweight champion returns

The UFC 256 main card begins with No. 7-ranked contender Junior dos Santos (21-8) facing off with No. 14-ranked contender Ciryl Gane (6-0) in heavyweight action. 

The former UFC heavyweight champion, dos Santos, is in desperate need of a win, having lost three consecutive fights. Gane's won two of his three UFC contests inside the distance.

Can dos Santos get back on track and stop the young lion in his tracks? Or will Gane secure a signature win in his highest profile fight to date?

Cub Swanson returns in a big way with stoppage win over Daniel Pineda

Swanson def. Pineda via knockout at 1:52 of the second round. After gettting dominated for the majority of the first round with Pineda destroying his leg via kicks, Swanson battered Pineda and nearly finished him with strikes. He made sure Pineda didn't make it out of the second. With his back to the cage, Swanson connected on a short uppercut, left hand and a straight right hand dropped Pineda. Swanson followed Pineda to the mat with another right to finish it off.

Couldn't ask for a better return to the Octagon for Swanson, who was competing for the first time in nearly 14 months after suffering a torn ACL.

 

 

UFC 256 featured prelim

The featured prelim of UFC 256 is on tap as Cub Swanson faces Daniel Pineda in featherweight action. Expect a ton of fireworks. This should be fun.

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