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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UFC Vegas 16: Hermansson vs Vettori Live Results

UFC Vegas 16 has arrived! As is the theme with 2020, this card had some drama surrounding the main event. Jack Hermansson was originally set to face Darren Till, then Till withdrew due to an injury. After that, Kevin Holland stepped up but was forced to withdraw due to a positive COVID test. Then, the UFC tapped Marvin Vettori as the next replacement. Vettori was originally scheduled to face Jacare Souza at UFC 256 but agreed to step in to save the main event. Now fans will be treated to an absolute banger of a headliner.

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The co-main event will see Ovince Saint Preux take on Jamahal Hill in a light heavyweight scrap that is sure to entertain. Hill is just one of four undefeated fighters on the card. Joining Hill in hoping to keep their unbeaten streaks alive are Roman Dolidze, Jordan Leavitt, and Ilia Topuria. Will they be able to keep that zero in the win column?

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Check out my official predictions for UFC Vegas 16 here. Follow along as I cover the event on my Twitter (@jefflswartz2) and check back for updated results below!

Main Card (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT)

Jack Hermansson vs Marvin Vettori
Result: Marvin Vettori defeats Jack Hermansson by unanimous decision.

Ovince Saint Preux vs Jamahal Hill
Result: Jamahal Hill defeats Ovince Saint Preux by TKO – punches (3:37 Round 2).

Gabriel Benítez vs Justin Jaynes
Result: Gabriel Benítez defeats Justin Jaynes by KO – knee to the body (4:06 Round 1).

Roman Dolidze vs John Allan
Result: Roman Dolidze defeats John Allan by split decision.

Matt Wiman vs Jordan Leavitt
Result: Jordan Leavitt defeats Matt Wiman by KO – slam (0:22 Round 1).

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Prelims (8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT)

Louis Smolka vs Jose Alberto Quiñonez
Result: Louis Smolka defeats Jose Alberto Quiñonez by TKO – ground and pound (2:15 Round 2)

Damon Jackson vs Ilia Topuria
Result: Ilia Topuria defeats Damon Jackson by KO – punches (2:38 Round 1).

Gian Villante vs Jake Collier
Result: Jake Collier defeats Gian Villante by unanimous decision.

Update: Taila Santos vs Montana De La Rosa, Movsar Evloev vs Nate Landwehr, and Jimmy Flick vs Cody Durden have all been pulled from the card the day of the event.

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UFC Vegas 16 Predictions: Hermansson, Hill Earn Huge Wins

Fight day is here! UFC Vegas 16 is going down tonight at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. This card will feature a very exciting match-up between Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori. Hermansson originally was set to face Kevin Holland, until Holland had a positive COVID test, forcing the UFC to switch things up. Vettori was set to face Jacare Souza at UFC 256 but stepped up on short notice to save the main event of UFC Vegas 16.

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The co-main event will see an always game Ovince Saint Preux take on an angry and motivated Jamahal Hill. The owner of four Von Flue Choke submission wins in the UFC, St Preux will be looking to add another finish to his already impressive resume. Hill is coming off of a ridiculous six-month suspension for a positive marijuana test that also resulted in his last win being overturned. Needless to say, UFC fans should be in for a great night of fights!

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I went 5-5 last week, getting the main and co-main event correct. How will I fare this week? Without further ado, let’s get to the picks!

UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Clark Predictions

Middleweight
Jack Hermansson vs Marvin Vettori
Winner:
Jack Hermansson
Light Heavyweight
Ovince Saint Preux vs Jamahal Hill
Winner:
Jamahal Hill
Lightweight
Gabriel Benítez vs Justin Jaynes
Winner:
Justin Jaynes
Light Heavyweight
Roman Dolidze vs John Allan
Winner:
Roman Dolidze
Bantamweight
Louis Smolka vs Jose Alberto Quiñonez
Winner:
Louis Smolka
Lightweight
Matt Wiman vs Jordan Leavitt
Winner:
Jordan Leavitt
Featherweight
Damon Jackson vs Ilia Topuria
Winner:
Ilia Topuria
Heavyweight
Gian Villante vs Jake Collier
Winner:
Gian Villante
2020 UFC Record: 5-5

Update: Taila Santos vs Montana De La Rosa, Movsar Evloev vs Nate Landwehr, and Jimmy Flick vs Cody Durden have all been pulled from the card the day of the event.

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Bonus Predictions

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

  • Jack Hermansson gets the TKO win in round 3.
  • Jamahal Hill goes the distance with OVP and gets the win.
  • Justin Jaynes knocks out Gabriel Benítez.
  • Jordan Leavitt gets the win by RNC.

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Drop your predictions in the comments below and track your record along with me!