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There wasn’t an official winner, but Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno may have just authored an all-time classic in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s flyweight division.
Just three weeks after both men appeared at UFC 255, Figueiredo and Moreno battled to a majority draw in the UFC 256 headliner at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. That result allows Figueiredo to retain his 125-pound belt, but after a “Fight of the Year” candidate against a game opponent, a rematch could be in store between these two combatants in the not-too-distant future.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 256, with statistics courtesy of UFCStats.com.
4: Draws in UFC championship history. Figueiredo vs. Moreno joins Caol Uno vs. B.J. Penn (UFC 41), Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC 125) and Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson (UFC 205) as the only title bouts that did not reach a decisive conclusion on the judges’ scorecards.
21: Days between successful championship defenses for Figueiredo, the quickest turnaround for a title holder in UFC history. Because the Brazilian retained his title, it still counts as a title defense despite being a draw.
13: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 26 tracked by MMADecisions.com, that saw the fight in favor of Figueiredo. All 13 of those scorecards submitted 48-46 tallies for the Brazilian champion. Meanwhile, the other 13 media scorecards ruled the fight a draw.
269: Combined significant strikes landed by Figueiredo (137) and Moreno (132), a UFC record for a flyweight bout. Figueiredo outlanded his foe 34 to 31 in Round 2 and 16 to 8 in Round 5, while Moreno held a 25-to-21 edge in Round 3 and a 40-to-38 advantage in Round 4. Both fighters landed 28 signficant strikes in the opening stanza.
118: Significant head strikes landed by Moreno. By comparison, Figueiredo landed 93. The Brazilian outlanded his foe 34 to 13 in significant strikes to the body and 10 to 1 in significant strikes to the legs.
4: Takedowns landed in eight attempts by Moreno, who grounded the champion twice apiece in the second and fourth frames. Figueiredo, meanwhile, landed two of four tries.
8: Consecutive victories for Charles Oliveira, who captured a dominant unanimous decision against Tony Ferguson in the UFC 256 co-main event. That is tied with Leon Edwards for the fifth-longest active winning streak among all fighters in the promotion, regardless of weight class.
60: Total strikes by which Oliveira outlanded Ferguson. “Do Bronx” also held a 41-to-19 edge in significant strikes landed.
3: Takedowns landed in three attempts by Oliveira, who was able to ground Ferguson with surprising ease. The Brazilian contender also attempted three submissions, including a nasty armbar at the end of Round 1 that nearly finished his opponent.
11:39: Control time in the 15-minute bout for Oliveira. The UFC’s all-time submission leader dominated positioning in the bout, while Ferguson was unable to mount much of a threat from his back.
5-0: Record for Kevin Holland in 2020, making him just the third fighter in modern UFC history to earn five victories in a calendar year, joining Roger Huerta (2007) and Neil Magny (2014). Holland’s five-bout winning streak is second-longest in the middleweight division behind reigning champ Israel Adesanya (nine). Holland defeated Ronaldo Souza via KO 1:45 into Round 1 in a featured middleweight tilt.
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2: Fighters in UFC history to earn a KO stemming from a punch from bottom position. With his finish of “Jacare,” Holland joined Niko Price as the only two athletes to accomplish that feat.
49: Significant strikes by which Ciryl Gane outlanded Junior dos Santos en route to a technical knockout victory at the 2:43 mark of Round 2. The Frenchman outlanded the former heavyweight champ 37 to 9 in Round 1 and 22 to 1 in Round 2.
4: Consecutive KO/TKO defeats for dos Santos, whose last Octagon triumph came against Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 146 in March 2019. “Cigano’s” four defeats have come in an 18-month span. In addition to Gane, the Brazilian veteran has been finished by Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou.
17: Victories in UFC/WEC competition for Cub Swanson, the second most in featherweight history behind only Jose Aldo (18). Swanson defeated Daniel Pineda via second-round technical knockout in a preliminary encounter.
7: Finishes in UFC/WEC bouts for Swanson, tying him for the third most at 145 pounds. Only Aldo (11) and Max Holloway (10) have more.
2: Knockdowns for Swanson, who floored Pineda once apiece in the first and second round. It was the first knockdowns in UFC competition for the Palm Springs, California, native since he floored Hacran Dias twice in a unanimous decision triump at UFC on Fox 19 on April 16, 2016.
106: Significant strikes landed by Gavin Tucker in a three-round verdict against Billy Quarantillo at featherweight. That’s a UFC career high for Tucker in five bouts. Tucker also set a personal best with seven takedowns landed in 13 attempts.
8: UFC strawweight victories for Tecia Torres, who defeated short-notice adversary Sam Hughes via first-round doctor stoppage on Saturday night. That total ties her with Carla Esparza for the second most in the history of the division behind only Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10).
32: Significant strike advantage for Torres in the opening stanza. Torres landed 27 to the head, 13 to the body and 12 to the legs in a multi-faceted attack.
19: Heel hook finishes in UFC history after Chase Hooper used the maneuver to dispatch Peter Barrett 3:02 into the third round of their preliminary 145-pound clash. Hooper is also the first featherweight in promotion history to win a fight with a heel hook.
2: Heel hook finishes in UFC competition in 2020. In addition to Hooper, middleweight Jack Hermansson submitted Kelvin Gastelum with the move at UFC Fight Night 172 on July 18.
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