UFC 256 Predictions: Figueiredo, Ferguson Finish Strong

It’s fight day people! UFC 256 is finally here. The prelims will be starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the main card kicking off at 10:00 p.m. ET. Deiveson Figueiredo will defend his Flyweight Championship against Brandon Moreno just three weeks after his impressive first-round submission of Alex Perez at UFC 255. That’s right, Figueiredo is jumping back into the octagon just 21 days after defending his title for the first time. And his opponent, Moreno, also fought on the UFC 255 card, defeating Brandon Royval by TKO in the first round of their fight. This is an absolute banger of a main event!

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The co-main event will see Tony Ferguson take on Charles Oliveira in a lightweight scrap that is sure to entertain. Ferguson last fought against Justin Gaethje back at UFC 249 in May of 2020, losing by TKO in the fifth round. He was on a 12-fight win streak before running into Gaethje and suffered his first loss since 2012. Oliveira last fought against Kevin Lee in March of 2020, beating him by a guillotine in the third round. He is currently on a seven-fight win streak, all finishes, with six performance of the night bonuses during that time. With the Lightweight Championship currently vacated, the result of this fight could very well decide who competes next for the title in the near future.

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I went 5-3 last week, missing on Marvin Vettori, Gabriel Benítez, and Jake Collier. How will I fare this week? Without further ado, let’s get to the picks!

UFC 256 Predictions

Flyweight Championship
Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno
Winner:
Deiveson Figueiredo
Lightweight
Tony Ferguson vs Charles Oliveira
Winner:
Tony Ferguson
Strawweight
Mackenzie Dern vs Virna Jandiroba
Winner:
Mackenzie Dern
Middleweight
Kevin Holland vs Ronaldo Souza
Winner:
Kevin Holland
Heavyweight
Junior Dos Santos vs Ciryl Gane
Winner:
Ciryl Gane
Featherweight
Cub Swanson vs Daniel Pineda
Winner:
Daniel Pineda
Lightweight
Renato Moicano vs Rafael Fiziev
Winner:
Rafael Fiziev
Featherweight
Gavin Tucker vs Billy Quarantillo
Winner:
Billy Quarantillo
Strawweight
Tecia Torres vs Sam Hughes
Winner:
Tecia Torres
Featherweight
Chase Hooper vs Peter Barrett
Winner:
Chase Hooper
2020 UFC Record: 10-8
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Bonus Predictions

As always, these bonus predictions are just for fun. Now let’s get crazy!

  • Deiveson Figueiredo wins by KO in round three.
  • Tony Ferguson wins by unanimous decision.
  • Mackenzie Dern wins by RNC in round two.
  • Kevin Holland wins by TKO in round one.
  • Ciryl Gane wins by unanimous decision.
  • Billy Quarantillo wins by TKO in round one.
  • Chase Hooper wins by unanimous decision.

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Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno In the Works

Dana White wastes little time when he’s in a bind. Reports surfaced early on Sunday morning that Petr Yan would no longer be able to defend his bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling on December 12th. This left everyone in the MMA world wondering what fight might become the new main event of a PPV that is under three weeks away.

Never fear though, as Uncle Dana had a plan. He announced after UFC 255 that he would like for Deiveson Figueiredo to face Brandon Moreno next for the UFC Flyweight Championship. Little did fans know, Dana wasn’t meaning next year.

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Rumors began to appear later on that Dana was actually targeting December 12th as the date for this epic clash. Many people were curious as to why the fight was getting made so quickly, as both men had just fought the night before. When the news broke that the Yan-Sterling fight had officially been postponed, the quick turnaround for Figueiredo and Moreno made perfect sense.

What better way to save a PPV than with two guys that just came off of impressive wins that fans are still buzzing about? Figueiredo just made his first flyweight title defense in a dominant performance, defeating Alex Perez by guillotine in just under two minutes. Brandon Moreno put in an impressive showing himself, defeating Brandon Royval just one second before the end of the first round. This is a fight that everyone wants to see.

Will this fight become official?!