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UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno predictions

Can Figuerido make another statement to the division?

At UFC 256 tonight, the spotlight turns back to flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo.

Fresh off dispatching No. 4 Alex Perez at UFC 255 in November, Figueiredo will now take on No. 1 Brandon Moreno in the main event.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)

CHASE HOOPER (9-1-1) VS. PETER BARRETT (11-4-0)

UFC 256

 

Andrews: Both fighters came up short in their last bouts, but I am expecting the younger Hooper to grind out a decision here using his grand game.

Andrews Prediction: Chase Hooper via UD

TECIA TORRES (11-5-0) VS. SAM HUGHES (5-1-0)

UFC 256

Andrews: Torres is fast and technical and has lost four of her last five but to top compeitiion. I think she gets another decision here.

Andrews Prediction: Tecia Torres via UD

GAVIN TUCKER (12-1-0) VS. BILLY QUARANTILLO (15-2-0)

UFC 256

Andrews: Should be a good tilt. Tucker seems to use intelligent aggression these days and if he doesn’t gas, should edge Billy.

Andrews Prediction: Gavin Tucker via UD

CUB SWANSON (26-11-0) VS. DANIEL PINEDA (27-13-0 2NC)

UFC 256

Andrews: Everyone knows the book on Cub is to get him to the ground. Pineda is going to try, but I think Cub has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Andrews Prediction: Cub Swanson via UD

JUNIOR DOS SANTOS (21-8-0) VS. CIRYL GANE (6-0-0)

UFC 256

Andrews: Junior has lost his last three fights by TKO, and he will lose this one by submission? Gane gets it to the ground and shocks ‘Cigano’ by getting the tap.

Andrews Prediction: Ciryl Gane via submission

KEVIN HOLLAND (20-5-0) VS. RONALDO SOUZA (26-8-0, 1NC)

UFC 256

Andrews: Souza is old and slowing down. Holland should be able to pile up the points with his striking.

Andrews Prediction: Kevin Holland via UD

RENATO MOICANO (14-3-1) VS. RAFAEL FIZIEV (8-1-0)

UFC 256

Andrews: Tough one to call, but I think the experience of Moicano gives him the slim edge. Another grinder.

Andrews Prediction: Renato Moicano via UD

MACKENZIE DERN (9-1-0) VS. VIRNA JANDIROBA (16-1-0)

UFC 256

Andrews: Interesting bout. Who can reign supreme on the ground? Whose striking is better? Verna tries to use her striking to get the win, while Mackenzie tries to get the tap. A coin toss on the ground, but I think Mackenzie gets it.

Andrews Prediction: Mackenzie Dern via submission

TONY FERGUSON (25-4-0) VS. CHARLES OLIVEIRA (29-8-0, 1NC)

UFC 256

 

Andrews: Tony needs to get back to being Tony. If he fights like he did against Justin, Charles will win. I expect Tony to be Tony.

Andrews Prediction: Tony Ferguson via UD

MAIN EVENT

DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO (20-1-0) VS. BRANDON MORENO (18-5-1)

UFC 256

Andrews: It will be a tougher fight, but Deiveson gets it, once again.

Andrews Prediction: Deiveson Figueiredo via submission

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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