Deiveson Figueiredo had the opportunity to make history at UFC 256.
Just 21 days removed from his first title defense, at UFC 255 against Alex Perez, the Brazilian had a chance to make a second against Brandon Moreno — and in the process set the record for the shortest turnaround between title fight wins in UFC history. Of course, Moreno, who was also making a 21 day turnaround after defeating Brandon Royval at UFC 255, had a chance to make history as well — by becoming the first Mexican born champion in promotion history.
Perhaps the bigger story, however, was the sudden emergence of the flyweight division. After nearly being abolished a little over a year ago, the 125lb division was in the spotlight for two consecutive numbered events. An unthinkable feat a year ago. And while some of that was by necessity — a full eleven fights had been cancelled in the build-up to UFC 256, including multiple title fights — it was still a testament to the fact that yes, the flyweight division can indeed entertain.
Also on the UFC 256 card was the inimitable Tony Ferguson, looking to get back into the title conversation. Opposite him, UFC submission record holder Charles Oliveira, riding a seven fight win streak with seven finishes.
Following Saturday’s PPV card, tune in for the UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno post-fight press conference. A live stream can be found above.