By News Team
10th December 2020
We’re all set for a fantastic night as the final UFC PPV of 2020, UFC 256, lights up Las Vegas this Saturday.
Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo is the headline act as he defends his title for a second time against number one contender Brandon Moreno.
The co-main headline event also includes fan-favourite Tony Ferguson, who is hoping to jump back into the lghtweight title conversation against submission ace Charles Oliveira.
Middleweight contender Kevin Holland makes a quick return to face Brazilian jiu-jitsu king Ronaldo Souza – if he gets his hand raised, he would become only the fifth fighter in UFC history to go 5-0 in a calendar year.
And, in what could be a good bet for Fight of the Night, Renato Moicano and Rafael Fiziev are sure to throw down in what could be a three-round war.
We preview the co-headline events below.
Deiveson Figueiredo v Brandon Moreno
There is no doubt Deiveson Figueiredo has breathed new life into what was a stale flyweight division. His destruction of Joseph Benavidez and Alex Perez suggests he’s pound-for-pound one of the best fighters in the world.
Figueiredo is planning to inflict defeat on Brandon Moreno on Saturday and it goes to say there is an element of bad blood between the pair, though perhaps more from Figueiredo’s side. Despite having nine wins by knockout, Figueiredo is more of a submission threat, with his patented chokes a danger from any angle – as his latest opponent Alex Perez can testify.
However, Moreno is a worthy opponent and has to be one of the most improved fighters in the division. He’s fantastic in scrambles and his conditioning is always on point. What he lacks is the athleticism and killer instinct of the champion and that will make the difference.
This should be a fight fought at a rocket-fast pace and Figueiredo’s crisper striking could set up a submission. The Brazilian is the 2/7 favourite to retain his belt, with Moreno a 13/5 underdog, but the 11/4 for Figueiredo to win by submission could be the most likely.
Tony Ferguson v Charles Oliveira
There is no doubt Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson could go down as one of the best fighters to never become champion. Due to bad luck and injuries, he has never got the shot at the belt despite winning an astonishing 12 fights in a row.
His run ended in May when suffering a loss to Justin Gaethje and six months may not be long enough to recover in time for Saturday’s fight.
His opponent Charles ‘do Bronx’ Oliveira is on a seven-fight win streak and comes into this match-up with confidence sky-high. The Brazilian has very good kickboxing skills, but he’s an absolute machine on the ground with 19 submission wins. Ferguson is no slouch on the mat either with eight wins by submission, but he may not want to roll with Oliveira.
If this fight was fought before the Gaethje loss, Ferguson would be a clear favourite. So, in theory, the 4/7 on Ferguson could prove to be tremendous value because he’s the better all-round fighter on paper.
Oliveira (11/8) has in the past had conditioning issues, but it looks like he has turned the corner in the last year. Will he be ready for the pressure ‘El Cucuy’ brings? Maybe not. Ferguson to win by a decision is priced at 10/3.