UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1, 9 KOs, 8 SUBs) will make his second title defense against Mexico's Brandon Moreno (18-5, 3 KOs, 10 SUBs) at UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card airs live on pay-per-view starting 10pm ET. In the co-main event, lightweight contender Tony Ferguson (25-4, 12 KOs, 8 SUBs) will meet surging Charles Oliveira (29-8, 8 KOs, 19 SUBs). Let’s take a look at the headliner and break down your best UFC online betting options.
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Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno are taking no time off between bouts. Just a few weeks after scoring first-round victories in separate bouts at UFC 255, both men will jump back into the octagon for a headlining title fight at UFC 256. That’s a clever way to ride the momentum - much needed at 125 pounds - but that does come with the caveat of losing a banger between Petyr Yan and Aljamain Sterling. Still, it should be a fun fight.
The UFC odds at BookMaker.eu opened with Figueiredo as a massive -305 favorite, with Moreno at +231 on the comeback.
Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1, 9 KOs, 8 SUBs)
We've never seen a flyweight like Figueiredo. Just to clarify: nobody's saying that he's the GOAT just yet - that title belongs squarely to Demetrious Johnson. We're not saying that he's better than recently retired Henry Cejudo either. But there has never been a 125-pounder that mauls and finishes opponents like Figueiredo. He's finished his last four opponents, with three of those coming in the first round - the man is beasting right now.
It's obvious why the 32-year old is such a killer. The first thing you notice is how big he is. In his last title defense, Rogan pointed out that he looked around 155 and jacked. I have no idea how he makes the weight (he's missed it before), but it's clear that he's no worse for wear after cutting. The Brazilian is an exceptional athlete with killshot power in every area. That's what makes him scary: he can just as easily submit you as he can knock you out. Poor Alex Perez was tapping out in under two minutes after the champ put the clamps on.
Brandon Moreno (18-5, 3 KOs, 10 SUBs)
The "Assassin Baby" is getting a massive opportunity: at just 26 years old, he will attempt to dethrone the most physically destructive flyweight in UFC history. What’s more surprising is that nobody expected him to be here. His time on "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2016 was largely forgettable, and two straight losses to Sergio Pettis and Alexander Pantoja led to him getting booted by the UFC. However, a quick TKO win in LFA brought him back to the big show, and he’s gone unbeaten in five fights ever since. That includes two big wins over Jussier Formiga and most recently, Brandon Royval just a few weeks ago.
Moreno has made major improvements as he ages into his prince. A fast, active pressure striker, the challenger also has the trademark toughness and fearlessness that define so many Mexican combat sports athletes. But where he’s most dangerous is on the mat: Moreno is an excellent grappler with 10 submission wins to his credit.
Significant Striking Stats
Strikes landed per minute: Figueiredo 2.79 / Moreno 3.01
Striking accuracy: Figueiredo 55% / Moreno 35%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Figueiredo 2.82 / Moreno 2.96
Striking defense: Figueiredo 52% / Moreno 63%
Takedowns per 15 minutes: Figueiredo 1.68 / Moreno 1.93
Takedown accuracy: Figueiredo 50% / Moreno 44%
Takedown defense: Figueiredo 63% / Moreno 69%
Submissions per 15 minutes: Figueiredo 3.0 / Moreno 0.8
Figueiredo is peaking as a fighter: he is square in his prime and oozing with confidence. Though Moreno is a promising young stud, we see Figueiredo steadily stalking him until he finds the right moment to unleash a fight-ending salvo. Moreno has never been finished before, but he’s basically meeting a werewolf under a full moon. This one ends before the final bell.
UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno Card & Odds
Flyweight Championship - Brandon Moreno +270 vs. Deiveson Figueiredo -342
Lightweight - Charles Oliveira +139 vs. Tony Ferguson -168
Heavyweight - Junior Dos Santos +348 vs. Ciryl Gane -458
Lightweight - Renato Moicano +138 vs. Rafael Fiziev -166
Women's Strawweight - Virna Jandiroba +162 vs. Mackenzie Dern -196
Featherweight - Cub Swanson +134 vs. Daniel Pineda -162
Heavyweight - Jared Vanderaa +188 vs. Sergey Spivak -230
Featherweight - Peter Barret +303 vs. Chase Hooper -390
Featherweight - Gavin Tucker +134 vs. Billy Quarantillo -162
Middleweight - Ronaldo Souza -107 vs. Kevin Holland -117
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