Venue: UFC APEX, City: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:00 PM CST
UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on December 12, 2020, at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
After scoring a win in less than two minutes at UFC 255, flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo will make a fast turnaround in an attempt to successfully defend his title just one month later at UFC 256 on Dec. 12. Figueiredo will put the belt on the line against top 125-pound contender Brandon Moreno, who is coming off his own UFC 255 victory.
The promotion was initially targeting a UFC Welterweight Championship bout between current champion Kamaru Usman (also The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians welterweight winner) and Gilbert Burns to serve as the event headliner. The pairing was previously scheduled to meet in July at UFC 251. However, Burns was pulled from the contest after he and his coach, Greg Jones, tested positive for COVID-19. In turn, Usman faced, and defeated Jorge Masvidal at that event. On October 5, it was reported Usman pulled out from this bout, citing more time needed to recover from undisclosed injuries and the bout was postponed.
Figueiredo and Moreno are making such quick returns to the Octagon in an effort to save the event, which has lost three planned title matches as welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, women's bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes and bantamweight champion Petr Yan were all forced off the card. Moreno will be making the second defense of the flyweight title he won in a vacant title bout with Joseph Benavidez earlier in the year and successfully defended in November against Alex Perez. A victory over Moreno would move Figueiredo to 4-0 in 2020, and may lock him up as Fighter of the Year.
While not officially announced by the organization, the promotion was also targeting a UFC Women's Featherweight Championship bout between the current champion Amanda Nunes (also the current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion) and former Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Megan Anderson to serve as the event headliner. In turn, it was announced on November 9 that Nunes pulled out due to an undisclosed injury and the bout was postponed to 2021.
A UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling was originally scheduled to serve as the co-main event. Due to the aforementioned cancelations, they were then expected to headline the card. On November 22, Russian media revealed that the fight was also canceled due to personal reasons related to Yan and is expected to be booked at a later date. Those "personal reasons" were later revealed to be related to visa and travel issues.
In the co-main event, Tony Ferguson will return to the Octagon for the first time since his devastating loss to Justin Gaethje in May, a loss that cost him the shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov and the UFC lightweight title. Ferguson will be facing Charles Oliveira, the man who holds the record for most submissions in UFC history and is tied for most finishes overall in the history of the organization. Oliveira will bring a seven-fight winning streak into the Octagon. Ferguson, meanwhile, had a 12-fight winning streak snapped in the loss to Gaethje.
A majority draw...I had Moreno as the winner by a whisker....and with a broken arm!!!— 🏴 🦊 Glenn the Foxile 🦊 🇨🇦 (@GlennTheFoxile) December 13, 2020
What a fight...WHAT A FIGHT... from both Figueiredo and Moreno! #UFC256 #FightOfTheYear #Rematch pic.twitter.com/8Tj9S1yxz4
Official Fight Card
|Flyweight||Deiveson Figueiredo (c)||vs.||Brandon Moreno||Draw (majority) (48–46, 47–47, 47–47)||5||5:00|
|Lightweight||Charles Oliveira||def.||Tony Ferguson||Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–26)||3||5:00|
|Women's Strawweight||Mackenzie Dern||def.||Virna Jandiroba||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Kevin Holland||def.||Ronaldo Souza||KO (punches)||1||1:45|
|Heavyweight||Ciryl Gane||def.||Junior dos Santos||TKO (elbow)||2||2:34|
|Preliminary card (ESPN2 / ESPN+)|
|Featherweight||Cub Swanson||def.||Daniel Pineda||KO (punches)||2||1:52|
|Lightweight||Rafael Fiziev||def.||Renato Moicano||KO (punches)||1||4:05|
|Featherweight||Gavin Tucker||def.||Billy Quarantillo||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Women's Strawweight||Tecia Torres||def.||Sam Hughes||TKO (doctor stoppage)||1||5:00|
|Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)|
|Featherweight||Chase Hooper||def.||Peter Barrett||Submission (heel hook)||3||3:02|
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno — majority draw (47-46 Figueiredo, 47-47 x 2) — flyweight title
Charles Oliveira (7) def. Tony Ferguson (3) — via unanimous decision (30-26 x 3) — lightweight
Mackenzie Dern (11) def. Virna Jandiroba (13) — via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) — women’s strawweight
Kevin Holland (15) def. Jacare Souza — via second round TKO — middleweight
Cyril Gane (14) def. Junior dos Santos (7) — via second round TKO — heavyweight
Cub Swanson def. Daniel Pineda — via second round KO — featherweight
Rafael Fiziev def. Renato Moicano — via first round KO — lightweight
Gavin Tucker def. Billy Quarantillo — via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3) — featherweight
Tecia Torres def. Sam Hughes — via first round TKO — women’s strawweight
Chase Hooper def. Peter Barrett — via third round submission — featherweight
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.