Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been no stranger to quick turnarounds during the COVID era, but this is crazy.
Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo just defeated Alex Perez in less than two minutes at UFC 255, finishing the fight without taking any damage. In the featured “Prelims” undercard bout, No. 1-ranked Flyweight contender Brandon Moreno won the “Battle of the Brandons,” dislocating Brandon Royval’s shoulder in a fast-paced, entertaining scrap.
So what does UFC President, Dana White, decide to do? Throw them together in the cage for UFC 256 on Dec. 12, 2020. That’s 21 days from now. It will mark the fastest championship turnaround in UFC history.
“We’re going to keep [Figueiredo] here,” White said at the post-fight news conference. “He’s not going back to Brazil. We’re going to turn him right around ... December. That’s what we’re working on.”
Shortly after that, ESPN confirmed that both “Figgy” and “The Assassin Baby” had verbally agreed to the match up, which is just wild.
“I think I’m going to destroy him. I touch him, I’m going to put him ... I’m going break him,” Figueiredo’s manager translated for him at the press conference. “Because Brandon Moreno talk a lot of bad things about him. He has a personal problem with Brandon Moreno. I think he’s going to destroy Brandon Moreno in December.”
UFC 256 on Dec. 12 goes down at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was expected to feature a Bantamweight title fight between champ Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling. So with the original main event canceled, the pay-per-view (PPV) card now features Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira, Junior dos Santos vs. Ciryl Gane, and Marvin Vettori vs. Ronaldo Souza.
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 256 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN 2/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.
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