UFC 256 Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno Storylines to observe on final PPV event in 2020
Everything to observe for in Las Vegas on Saturday because the UFC presents its final pay-per-view offering of the year
The final pay-per-view card of an already unpredictable 2020 is upon us on Saturday when Deiveson Figueiredo gets his second headlining opportunity in three weeks at UFC 256 in Las Vegas . Figueiredo, fresh off a submission convert late replacement Alex Perez at UFC 255 last month, will combat another dangerous top contender in Brandon Moreno within the main event inside the UFC Apex facility.
The card has undergone many changes with both welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and women’s featherweight champion Amanda Nunes originally scheduled to headline before injuries delayed their returns. an equivalent happened for bantamweight champion Petr Yan as his scheduled title defense against Aljamain Sterling was moved to 2021 thanks to visa and travel reasons.
Let’s take a better look now at the most important storylines entering this weekend because the UFC gives us its final PPV event of this insane year.
- No one’s had a far better 2020 than Deiveson Figueiredo
With his effortless swagger and penchant for finishing fights, it might be an irony to explain Figueiredo’s previous 12 months as a star turn. If 2020 ended today, Figueiredo would likely already be your Fighter of the Year in MMA following three victories — all by early stoppage — and a seizing of the UFC flyweight title. But a swarm of injuries and poor luck opened the door of opportunity another time, and Figueiredo answered together with his second PPV-headlining role in as many months.
For a Brazilian fighter who possesses everything in need of a grasp of English language because it pertains to becoming a crossover star, the UFC is giving Figueiredo every chance possible with this type of close-up to finish the year. Figueiredo isn’t only 9-1 since making his UFC debut in 2017, he has won five straight and evolved into a dangerous finisher either standing or via submission on the bottom .
- Expect Brandon Moreno to be a really live dog
There’s always more pressure on the champion to defend his title than on the challenger looking to form his name. The 27-year-old Moreno has had to show his career round the hard way after a two-fight losing skid in 2018 led to his UFC release. Moreno was also somewhat controversially omitted for a title shot against Figueiredo last month in favor of Perez after former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt pulled out. Moreno went on to prevent Brandon Royval on the UFC 255 undercard, and now sets for his own three-week turnaround entering the most important fight of his career.
Although he has settled in as a 2-1 underdog, Moreno’s chaotic style and sturdiness could present a problem for the champion, especially if Figueiredo’s history of inauspicious weight cuts (he missed weight completely in February and was forced to defeat Joseph Benavidez a second time to win the vacant title) becomes a problem given the short turnaround. Figueiredo seemed to barely meet the 125-pound limit before the Perez fight and, to his credit, showed no ill signs due to it inside the cage. But he also scored another early stoppage. Moreno may be a dangerous threat to push Figueiredo into the championship rounds, and seemingly has nothing to lose.
- Stakes in Tony Ferguson-Charles Oliveira
Under any circumstance, given the entertaining sort of both, this lightweight co-main event would be deserve “must-see” classification. But the recent turnover within the sport’s most dangerous division could play an enormous part during this being a crucial title eliminator of sorts depending upon how the cards fall. With unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov having announced his intention to retire and UFC president Dana White (at least up to the present point) proving unsuccessful in luring “The Eagle” back certain a farewell attempt at a 30-0 record, Ferguson-Oliveira has all the making to be even as important because the Jan. 23 showdown between Dustin Poirier and former champion Conor McGregor.
White, for whatever reason, has chosen to not add an interim or vacant title to the McGregor-Poirier rematch, which suggests it’s extremely possible the winners of both fights could meet for the belt afterward in 2021. Either way, the 36-year-old Ferguson enters what amounts to a must-win bout in hopes of achieving his title hopes after seeing his 12-fight win streak snapped in May by Justin Gaethje. Don’t expect it to return easy against this version of Oliveira, who is riding high on a seven-fight win streak since 2018, all by stoppage.
- Just how good is Kevin Holland?
For all the mention how masterful Figueiredo has been during a year which has been difficult to most, the 28-year-old middleweight prospect Holland has been even as opportunistic. Owning a 3-2 record inside the Octagon entering 2020, Holland has gone on to win four straight fights during a five-month span, including three by stoppage. the recent streak was alleged to have led to him facing Jack Hermansson last Saturday within the main event of a UFC Fight Night card until a positive COVID-19 test forced Holland to withdraw.
He’ll get a second chance this weekend following a matchmaking switcheroo during which Marvin Vettori, originally set to face Ronaldo Souza at UFC 256, took Holland’s place by defeating Hermansson with Holland stepping in to face “Jacare.” As impressive as Holland has looked against hopeful future contenders, the 41-year-old Souza should provide a far better indication on how for real Holland is.
- what proportion life does JDS have left?
The former UFC champion has been on adversity lately despite ripping off a three-fight win streak (and knocking out Derrick Lewis) as recently as 2019. It’s everything that went on since then that has placed the longer term for Junior Dos Santos in discernible doubt. At 36, the wars and miles have appeared to add up for Dos Santos as he enters UFC 256 on a streak of three straight defeats, all by TKO.
The good news, if there’s any, is that every defeat game against dangerous top contenders in Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The bad news is that unbeaten upstart Ciryl Gane has been installed as a 4-1 betting favorite on Saturday.
A win or maybe a competitive loss could save JDS his job given his name value and therefore the incontrovertible fact that heavyweights can often reinvent themselves late (see Andrei Arlovski’s seemingly never-ending career). But an interruption loss might be the top of the road for a legend who fought for the UFC heavyweight title as recently as three years ago but hasn’t held it since 2012.