On Nov. 21, 2020, at UFC 255, Deiveson Figueiredo defended his Flyweight belt against Alex Perez, smashing the scrappy challenger in the first round and submitting him with a guillotine choke. And now ... 21 short days later, Figueiredo will have the fastest turnaround for a champion in UFC history when he defends his belt once again against Brandon Moreno at UFC 256.
It’s a pretty crazy situation, and it’s all laid out in the new “Countdown” to UFC 256 episode, which you can watch in full care of UFC’s YouTube channel.
Also featured during the “Countdown” episode: a little (or a lot of) UFC patting on the back for managing to salvage 2020 in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. Yes, despite some bumps along the way and a whole slew of main events and undercard / “Prelims” fights falling out due to COVID-19, we have to hand it to the promotion for succeeding at keeping the sport going during a global pandemic.
Tony Ferguson was the first headliner back into the cage for the 2020 Coronavirus season, so it’s fitting that he come back and close out the pay-per-view (PPV) year as the co-main of UFC 255. He’ll take on Charles Oliveira, who is a joy to watch any time let alone when he’s dialed in. Fresh off a submission win over Kevin Lee, we can’t wait to see Oliveira and Ferguson scrap.
Here’s the full UFC 256 fight card as it stands now:
- Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno
- Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira
- Renato Moicano vs. Rafael Fiziev
- Kevin Holland vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Junior dos Santos vs. Ciryl Gane
- Cub Swanson vs. Daniel Pineda
- Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba
- Tecia Torres vs. Angela HIll
- Gavin Tucker vs. Bully Quarantillo
- Sergey Spivak vs. Jared Vanderaa
- Karl Roberson vs. Dalcha Lungiambula
- Li Jingliang vs. Dwight Grant
- Chase Hooper vs. Peter Barrett
Obviously, the card is subject to change in these troubled times, but with so many great fighters, we know we’ll be locked in and watching this weekend.
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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