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Hastily-made UFC flyweight title fight turns into instant classic

The all of a sudden made UFC 256 major match between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno became out to be probably the most biggest fights in UFC historical past.

The flyweight identify bout used to be made on 3 weeks’ understand after each males received at UFC 255, and the duo placed on a bout that may position top at the record for “Struggle of the 12 months,” if no longer win it outright.

After a 25-minute whirlwind of motion, some extent deduction spelled the adaptation, as Figueiredo (20-1-1 MMA, Nine-1-1 UFC), who misplaced some extent within the 3rd spherical because of a low blow, retained the belt in a majority draw. The judges rankings had been 47-46 for Figueiredo and a couple of 47-47 marks.

The outlet spherical noticed Figueiredo, who had received every of his previous 4 bouts inside of of 7 mins, no longer appearing a lot recognize for Moreno (18-Five-2 MMA, 6-2-2 UFC), as he stood proper in entrance of the challenger and landed photographs to the top and frame. However Moreno stayed composed and began touchdown crisp instantly fingers of his personal, making it transparent he wasn’t going to be bullied.

Moreno, a Tijuana local who used to be taking a look to turn into the primary Mexican-born champion in UFC historical past, received in self belief in the second one spherical and turned into extra assertive. Every other back-and-forth standup spherical ensued, with a couple of Moreno takedowns most likely making the adaptation.

The wild and frenetic tempo endured within the 3rd. Figueiredo endured touchdown frame photographs and kicks. Moreno started touchdown extra steadily. Figueiredo then landed a bullseye of a groin kick. It used to be his 2d foul, after an eye fixed poke in the second one, and ref Jason Herzog deducted some extent.

The fourth spherical used to be received of the wildest within the historical past of the game, a malestrom of violence, with the Brazilian and Mexican each combating with a spirit that did their nations proud.

Within the 5th, Moreno seemed to choose a left arm harm of a few type, which slowed him down, and this enabled a tiring Figueiredo to land sufficient to take the spherical and save his belt.

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After the bout, Figueiredo reveled he was in the hospital with food poisoning until 2 a.m. Saturday. He also would not criticize Herzog’s decision to deduct a point.

“The ref did his job,” he said through an interpreter. “I throw the low kick on accident, and it’s not my job do say what he should do.”

With the draw result, both competitors ran their current unbeaten streaks to six: Figueiredo at 5-0-1, Moreno 4-0-2.

Both fighters indicated an interest in a rematch afterwards.

The flyweight title bout was the UFC 256 main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2/ESPN+.

Complete 256 results:

  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno is ruled a major draw (47-46 Figueiredo, 47-47, 47-47-)
  • Charles Oliveira def. Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Virna Jandiroba via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kevin Holland def. Ronaldo Souza via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:45
  • Ciryl Gane def. Junior Dos Santos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:34
  • Cub Swanson def. Daniel Pineda via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:52
  • Rafael Fiziev def. Renato Moicano via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:05
  • Gavin Tucker def. Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Tecia Torres def. Sam Hughes via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
  • Chase Hooper def. Peter Barrett via submission (heel hook) – Round 3, 3:02

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