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UFC 256: Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno battle to a beautiful majority draw

A rematch is almost certain after this instant classic

What will Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno do for an encore?

The two flyweights battled to a fast-paced, strike-filled majority draw in the main event of UFC 256 Saturday night. A critical element was a point deduction to Figueiredo for a groin strike and previous eye pokes in the third round that otherwise would have had the champion ahead on the scorecards.

Many experts branded it the greatest UFC flyweight bout of all time afterwards.

UFC president Dana White indicated in the post-fight press conference of a rematch.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1338009186693615616?s=20

Figueiredo and Moreno secured Fight of the Night, while Kevin Holland and Rafael Fiziev earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

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

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

CHASE HOOPER VS. PETER BARRETT

WINNER: CHASE HOOPER VIA SUBMISSION (HEEL HOOK) R3 3:02

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHASE HOOPER VIA UD

Andrews: Hooper pulled off that heel hook after getting bettered for two and a half rounds. Well done.

#10 TECIA TORRES VS. SAM HUGHES

WINNER: TECIA TORRES VIA TKO (DOCTOR’S STOPPAGE) R1 5:00

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TECIA TORRES VIA UD

Andrews: Good striking by Torres. Too much volume and a nice slam at the end.

GAVIN TUCKER VS. BILLY QUARANTILLO

WINNER: GAVIN TUCKER VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GAVIN TUCKER VIA UD 

Andrews: Tucker made the necessary adjustments to outwork Billy. Good win.

CUB SWANSON VS. DANIEL PINEDA 

WINNER: CUB SWANSON VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:52

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CUB SWANSON VIA UD

Andrews: Give credit to Cub for making a statement here.

#7 JUNIOR DOS SANTOS VS. #14 CIRYL GANE

WINNER: CIRYL GANE VIA TKO (ELBOWS) R2 2:34

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CIRYL GANE VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Gane showed us that he can put you away with strikes. Junior is on the bubble with four straight finish losses.

#15 KEVIN HOLLAND VS. RONALDO SOUZA

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1337969247646085122?s=20

WINNER: KEVIN HOLLAND VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 1:45

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KEVIN HOLLAND VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! That was unbelievable. Jacare, please retire.

RENATO MOICANO VS. RAFAEL FIZIEV 

WINNER: RAFAEL FIZIEV VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 4:05

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RENATO MOICANO VIA UD

Andrews: Good push by Rafael to nail the combo and put this one to bed.

#11 MACKENZIE DERN VS. #13 VIRNA JANDIROBA 

WINNER: MACKENZIE DERN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MACKENZIE DERN VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Nice scrap. Verna will need to improve her striking, just like Dern.

#3 TONY FERGUSON VS. #7 CHARLES OLIVEIRA

WINNER: CHARLES OLIVIERA VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TONY FERGUSON VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! What domination by Oliveira. Tony needs to retire.

MAIN EVENT

DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VS. #1 BRANDON MORENO 

WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (48-46, 47-47, 47-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VIA UD

Andrews: The point deduction proved to be critical for the draw. I thought Deiveson won the fight but let’s see that one again. Dana seems to agree.

@kenaiandrews

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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