Pros React to Dominant Performance by Charles Oliveira Against El Cucuy at UFC 256

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira of Brazil face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A co-main event like Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira is one of those battles you wish the UFC would bend the rules for, just for one night, and make it a five round fight.

Any time Tony Ferguson steps into the Octagon, you can feel the excitement surrounding not just his fight but the entire card — and UFC 256 was no different. “El Cucuy” looked to get back into the win column Saturday, and begin his return to the top of the lightweight division after his devastating loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249. Ferguson came so close to having a shot at finally going up against the man who many have as a dream opponent for Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Only to have it slip away like it has so many times before.

Charles Oliveira, the man with the most submission wins in the UFC history (14), knew a fight with a dangerous top opponent would be what was needed on his resume to fight for UFC gold one day. Riding an seven-fight win streak into UFC 256, Oliveira had the skills, and was looking to force a changing of the guard at the top of the division.

When it came down to it, Charles Oliveira did what many opponents that had fought Tony Ferguson previously couldn’t do. That was to control Ferguson from beginning to end with submission attempts and ground control that showed sheer dominance. Charles Oliveira made a statement at UFC 256: he is ready for title contention after this performance.

See how the pros reacted to Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira below.