Saturday’s UFC 256 was an event to remember. There was not a fight on the card that was not worth watching. The event might not go down as the best pay-per-view card of 2020, but it will certainly be in the discussion for that title.
Speaking of titles, the main event between UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and challenger Brandon Moreno was mentioned as a potential “Fight of the Year” contender and one of the best fights in UFC flyweight history after the ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view card ended. I won’t argue with either of those opinions, especially considering the UFC booked that bout in the aftermath of November’s UFC 255 PPV event.
In the co-main event, Charles Oliveira’s 10-year run with the UFC is hitting its peak at the same time Tony Ferguson’s run, which began a year later, seems to be winding down.
Other fighters that shined at UFC 256 were Mackenzie Dern, who seemed to take a leap in her striking acumen under the tutelage of Jason Parillo, and Kevin Holland, who put his name in the running for “Fighter of the Year” with a first-round TKO victory over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Fighters who might have saved their jobs with the UFC in impressive fashion Saturday were WEC/UFC veteran Cub Swanson, who knocked out Daniel Pineda, and Tecia Torres, who earned a TKO over Sam Hughes. On the opposite end of that discussion are Souza and Junior dos Santos. The rising Cyril Gane stopped dos Santos, the former UFC heavyweight champion, in the second round via TKO.
In the below video, I consider every bout on the UFC 256 fight card as well as Dana White’s post-fight press conference.
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