Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno declared a majority draw after an absolutely bonkers Fight of the Year nominee.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno declared a majority draw in the main event of UFC 256 to be Figueiredo retains the UFC flyweight title in an absolute slugfest.
The fight started fast and loose pretty much from the starting bell. Both the champion, Deiveson Figueiredo and the challenger, Brandon Moreno, were not afraid to engage and take chances. But even thought there was plenty of action there was no finish and the fight went to the second round.
An eye poke by Figueiredo briefly stalled the action in round two but once Moreno took his allotted rest the fight resumed again with full fireworks and plenty of action. The men went crazy to end the second round and head into the third with everyone on the edge of their seats.
The doctor came to check on the injury to Moreno’s eye, both from the illegal poke and from strikes. He was cleared to continue and into the third round we went.
The third round was somehow even more intense than the first two before Moreno ate a nasty groin strike and absolutely collapsed. Moreno was seen coughing uncontrollably before finally getting to his feet to try to walk off the injury. The strike was so brutal that referee Jason Herzog took a point from Figueiredo.
The fight resumed and they entered championship rounds.
It was all Moreno in the fourth round, landing huge shot to the champion and taking him down early. It’s his fight to lose. They traded in the center of the Octagon with both landing huge shots, just the right aim and either one is getting dropped. If there had been fans, the crowd would have been going absolutely bonkers.
And on to round five. This fight was absolutely insane.
The significant strike count was up near triple digits heading into round 5 which was an indication of the absolute slugfest we just watched. Moreno looked to have an injured left arm with a large lump, potentially a broken bone but that didn’t stop him from throwing until the final bell.
The fight went to the judges where they scored it (47-46, 47-47, 47-47).
This fight made history by being the quickest championship fight turnaround as Figueiredo successfully defended his title at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, 2020, on the same night that Moreno defeated Brandon Royval. Moreno was looking to be the first Mexican born and raised UFC champion.
UFC 256 took place on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, live from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
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