Recap of Saturday’s UFC 256 Main Card: Who’s Moving up and Who’s Moving Down

The last UFC pay-per-view of the year was nothing short of exciting! The card was highlighted by the flyweight championship title fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. The co-main event was also fairly hyped up because of fan favorite, Tony Ferguson.

Deiveson Figueiredo retains title against Brandon Moreno via. Majority Draw

In the short weeks leading up to this fight, everyone and their mother was expecting Figueiredo to make swift work of Brandon Moreno, but Moreno shocked the world by giving the champion the fight of his life. With the two fighters having such a quick turnaround, it lead to the fight being even more spectacular. Figueiredo would out-strike Moreno, but Moreno would have the more takedowns with a 50% takedown success rate. This fight deserves an immediate rematch to truly settle the dust on top of the flyweight mountain.

Charles Oliveira def. Tony Ferguson via. Unanimous Decision

The all-time submission wins leader, Charles Oliveira doesn’t come to play, and utterly dominates the once-feared, Tony Ferguson. Oliveira was ranked the #7 contender, with a 7-fight win streak on his back. Ferguson was coming off a tough TKO loss to Justin Gaethje, but still being ranked the #3 lightweight in the world. Oliveira dominated Ferguson in the striking and on the ground — by out-striking him by 60 total strikes. On the ground, Charles would dominate Tony with 11 minutes and 39 seconds of control time with a 100% successful takedown rate. This leaves Oliveira at the top of the lightweight tower, hungry for a title shot.

Mackenzie Dern def. Virna Jandiroba via. Unanimous Decision

Mackenzie Dern coming into this fight was ranked #11, and was widely known as one of the most dangerous women in the company on the ground — but she didn’t need her ground game to win this one! Dern out-struck her #13 ranked opponent with her much-improved striking, compared to her last performances.

Kevin Holland def. Jacare Souza via. 1st Round KO/TKO

The young prospect, Kevin Holland, shows the world he is the real deal by knocking out veteran, Jacare Souza. Holland completes this knockout in 1 minute and 45 seconds, and collects his 5th win of 2020. Holland was ranked #15 in the middleweight division, and wants to go nothing, but up.

Ciryl Gane def. Junior Dos Santos via. 2nd Round KO/TKO

The #14 ranked heavyweight; Ciryl Gane shows why he can be the next contender with knockout of veteran, Junior Dos Santos. Gane dominated Dos Santos on the feet, and successfully defended against Dos Santos’ takedown attempt. Gane improves to 7-0, and will move up into the top 10 rankings. This fight was Junior’s 4th loss in a row, and shows that age is truly catching up to the former champion.