UFC 256 is in the books and it saw several great fights, including the main event that delivered what was dubbed as the greatest flyweight fight in the promotion’s history. Deiveson Figueiredo technically defended his title, but the back and forth war with Brandon Moreno was officially ruled a draw. He was deducted a point for a particularly nasty groin shot, that had Moreno looking like he was going to throw up.
Also on the contest were impressive performances from Charles Oliveira, Kevin Holland and Ciryl Gane that will probably shoot them up the rankings and establish themselves as new contenders in their respective divisions.
Here’s a quick twitter thread with a brief recap and analysis of the event, that’s fitting for people’s social media era attention spans:
GANE TKOs JDS— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) December 13, 2020
PROS: Gane again showed nice kicks, distance management, and was VERY mobile for a heavyweight. Gane will shoot up the rankings and could very well be the next big thing.
CONS: JDS had nothing, and was badly outclassed. Also complained about a legal strike.
HOLLAND KOs JACARE— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) December 13, 2020
PROS: KO! FROM THE BOTTOM! WHAT! Huge win for Holland, and his fifth in 2020. He really deserves that Chimaev marketing push, and interestingly enough, Holland called him out after.
CONS: Unless you’re Jacare, none!https://t.co/D0yTh2hJDx
DERN EDGES JANDIROBA— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) December 13, 2020
PROS: Very close fight. Third round slugfest was really fun.
CONS: Two BJJ wizards just decided to have a sloppy brawl. I’m not sure what Rogan saw when he kept praising Dern’s technical striking here and on previous fights. https://t.co/K7nH4DpHvF
OLIVEIRA OUTCLASSES FERGUSON— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) December 13, 2020
PROS: I thought Oliveira would be slightly better everywhere, but didn’t think he'd dominate like that. Wow.
CONS: Tony tried to get creative with stuff like that Ruotolo buggy choke,but he just didn’t have anything tonight https://t.co/AnCdUQ3ACL
FIGUEIREDO AND MORENO GO TO WAR— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) December 13, 2020
CONS: Horrible groin shot caused a draw
PROS: Draw means we’ll see that war again. Can people stop questioning Figueiredo’s cardio now after that wild pace they both put on? Moreno has that El Cucuy regeneration powers. https://t.co/t5SdP0EzMK
#UFC256 OVERALL— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) December 13, 2020
PROS: Lots of good fights. New contenders, coming out parties for Oliveira, Holland, & Gane. Moreno too.
CONS: Terrible commentary. It wasn’t DC’s best night, and it was probably one of Rogan’s worst. Anik was good, but again didn’t have enough space to talk.