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UFC 256 complete results


UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Morena took place Saturday, December 12th from the UFC Apex Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and was headlined by a flyweight title between champion Deiveson Figueiredo and top contender Brandon Moreno.

Main Card (Live on ESPN+ PPV, 10:00 PM EST)

-Deiveson Figueiredo (c) vs Brandon Moreno declared a Majority Draw (48-47, 47-47, 47-47)
-Charles Oliveira defeated Tony Ferguson by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
-Mackenzie Dern defeated Virna Jandiroba by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Kevin Holland defeated Jacare Souza by KO (Punches, Round 1, 1:44)
-Ciryl Gane defeated Junior dos Santos by TKO (Elbow/Punches, Round 2, 2:34)

Preliminary Card (Live on ESPN, 8:00 PM EST)

-Cub Swanson defeated Daniel Pineda by KO (Punches, Round 2, 1:52)
-Rafael Fiziev defeated Renato Moicano by KO (Punches, Round 1, 4:05)
-Gavin Tucker defeated Billy Quarantillo by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Tecia Torres defeated Sam Hughes by TKO (Doctor Stoppage, Round 1, 5:00) 

Preliminary Bouts (Live on ESPN+, 6:30 PM EST)

-Chase Hooper defeated Peter Barrett by Submission (Heel Hook, Round 3, 3:02) 

Event Background

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.

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.

Following his first title defense at UFC 255 on November 21, UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo is expected to headline this event against Brandon Moreno, who also fought at that same date. This booking represents the shortest turnaround between title fights by a champion in UFC history at just 21 days. Former Rizin FF Bantamweight Champion Manel Kape, who was expected to make his promotional debut a week later at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal, will serve as a potential replacement.