Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently put the finishing touches on its upcoming UFC 256 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place TONIGHT (Sat., Dec. 12, 2020) by way of ESPN+ from inside its APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining duties will be handled by Flyweight rivals Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno, who battle for “Daico’s” 125-pound belt. In UFC 256’s co-main event, former interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson looks to quell the uprising of 155-pound submission specialist Charles Oliveira.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 256 fight card below, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN 2/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.
Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Figueiredo vs. Moreno.” Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 256 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 256 QUICK RESULTS:
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno
Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira
Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba
Ronaldo Souza vs. Kevin Holland
Junior dos Santos vs. Ciryl Gane
Daniel Pineda vs. Cub Swanson — Swanson def. Pineda by KO (punches) at 1:52 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Rafael Fiziev vs. Renato Moicano — Fiziev def. Moicano by KO (punches) at 4:05 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS
Billy Quarantillo vs. Gavin Tucker — Tucker def. Quarantillo by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Tecia Torres vs. Sam Hughes — Torres def. Hughes by TKO (eye injury) at 5:00 of Round One
Peter Barrett vs. Chase Hooper — Hooper def. Barrett by submission (heel hook) at 3:02 of Round Three — HIGHLIGHTS
UFC 256 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:
125 lbs.: UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno
155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira
115 lbs.: Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba
185 lbs.: Ronaldo Souza vs. Kevin Holland
265 lbs.: Junior dos Santos vs. Ciryl Gane
145 lbs.: Daniel Pineda vs. Cub Swanson
Round 1: Pineda tries a head kick to start. Good low kick met by a right hand. Uppercut and left hook on the break. Swanson tries to lunge in with a right hand, eats another leg kick. Hard 3-2 form Pineda, who eats a right and comes back with left hands a minute in. More heavy low kicks. Swanson switches stance, lands a good three-piece. Sharp lead right. Lead left this time. Pineda knocks him back with a lead right in return, then spins him around with a leg kick. Heavy right hand by Swanson two minutes in. Pineda slips after landing a leg kick, threatens a leg. Swanson sets up in half guard. Two minutes to go.
Pineda looking to set up a triangle, switches to an armbar, can’t get it and stands with Swanson attached. They separate. Lead right by Swanson, who’s buckled by another calf kick and takes a spinning back kick soon after. Reactive shot by Pinda, who rolls through to retain top position. One minute to go. Swanson scrambles up and lands a sharp right hand. Pineda low kick met by a 1-2 that floors him hard. Swanson tries to polish him off on the ground, gives him room to stand. Pineda tries a spinning elbow as Swanson attacks. Hard right hands by Swanson, then a series of elbows. 10-9 Swanson.
Round 2: Good uppercut from Swanson. Pineda still looks rattled. Hard right hand lands for Swanson. Pineda tries a head kick a minute in. Calf kick connects and he gets in on a single-leg. Swanson defends on the fence. Hard punches from Swanson on the break and a massive right hand sends Pineda to the mat. Swanson wants the walk-off, but settles for diving in with another huge right hand for the finish.
Final result: Swanson def. Pineda by KO (punches)
155 lbs.: Rafael Fiziev vs. Renato Moicano
Round 1: Fiziev circling, Moicano advancing. Low kick from Fiziev. Moicano tries a head kick and 1-2. One minute in. Moicano with a counter right, takes body kicks in return. Another calf kick met by a Moicano body shot. Fiziev rips a left hook downstairs. Moicano jab met by leg kicks. Two minutes in. Moicano with a right to the body. High-low kicks, counter right. Good exchange in the center, Moicano lands a hard right hand and tries an unsuccessful shot. Two minutes to go.
Clean 1-2 lands for Moicano. Fiziev cracks him with a right cross at the end of a combo. Body kick, takedown he doesn’t follow up on. Fiziev fires a left hook to the body, a right hand to the head, and finally a murderous left hook that sends the Brazilian crashing down. Moicano appears to wake up when he hits the ground and protests the stoppage, but he’s still scrambled when he does so.
Final result: Fiziev def. Moicano by KO (punches)
145 lbs.: Billy Quarantillo vs. Gavin Tucker
Round 1: Early right hook from Tucker. Quantillo launching kicks. Low kick lands for Tucker, then a right hook and body kick. Quarantillo with a lead right, 1-2, and body kick, prompting Tucker to tie up. Tucker trips him down a minute in, but Quarantillo pops back up. Counter hook by Tucker as Quarantillo presses forward. Right hand by Quarantillo into the clinch. Tucker with some knees downstairs. Hard elbow on the break. Two minutes in. He ties up once againGood exchange on the break. Tucker with a hard knee and elbow inside. Counter right hook. Quarantillo with a front kick downstairs, eats a flurry in return. Another hard Tucker knee with two minutes to go.
1-2 from Tucker, then a shifting right. Quarantillo tries to bully into the clinch. Double left by Tucker, then one to the body. Clinch, Tucker knees. They trade in the center with a minute to go. Quarantillo with a couple left hooks inside and they trade knees downstairs. Tucker with another elbow on the break, walks into a left hook. Clean head kick and straight left by Tucker, who fights off a late takedown. He lands one of his own before the bell. 10-9 Tucker.
Round 2: Right back to the fast exchanges. Combination from Tucker, then a three-piece and head kick behind it. Good step-in knee and counter left as Quarantillo attacks the body. Tucker 1-2. Left hands, knee to the head. Brutal elbow a minute in. Another knee on the break, hard elbow. They trade rights. Quarantillo still sending out combos. Sharper punches by Tucker in return, eats knees inside. Uppercut to knee. They trade body knees and tie up. Another Tucker elbow two minutes in. Clean straight left. Both land right hands inside. Tucker with a knee on the break, continuing to piece Quarantillo up. Lovely three-piece. Quarantillo looks for knees inside. Tucker takes him to the fence, grabs a rear waist lock. Two minutes to go.
Tucker looking for the back, can’t get it, lands a knee on the way up. Right hands from Quarantillo, who succumbs to an outside trip into side control. Tucker puts in a hook, then another. One minute to go. Quarantillo turns into guard but can’t keep him down. Sharp counters by Tucker and they trade knees downstairs. Combo by Quarantillo after landing a good knee. Foot sweep by Tucker, takes a knee to the gut. 10-9 Tucker.
Round 3: Hard punching combo from Tucker in the first few seconds. Head kick to straight left and he puts Quarantillo on the fence. Outside trip, can’t establish. Another trip, can’t get the front headlock. Quarantillo lands a knee inside, then an elbow on the break. Big straight left and right hook by Tucker. One minute in. Tucker considers a standing head-and-arm, then changes levels for a takedown into guard. Looking for the back as Quarantillo tries to stand. Two minutes in. Quarantillo makes it up. Clash of heads before the next clinch. Hard right hand lands for Quarantillo when they resume, eats a combo in return. Tucker claims a low blow, gets taken to the fence. He reverses. They trade jabs on the break, then Tucker takes him down again. Two minutes to go.
Tucker puts in a hook, then throws him back down into side control from the body lock. Left hand from Tucker. Quarantillo trying upkicks before Tucker comes back down. One minute to go. Quarantillo lands an elbow, then a knee downstairs as they separate. Quarantillo wading in with punches. Another takedown by Tucker into guard. 10-9 Tucker.
Final result: Tucker def. Quarantillo by unanimous decision
115 lbs.: Tecia Torres vs. Sam Hughes
Round 1: Trading low kicks early, mostly from Hughes. Torres lands a Superman punch. Good combination in the center. Spinning back fist to flurry, which prompts Hughes to put her on the fence. One minute in. Torres reverses, then separates. Back to the low kicks. Torres with another Superman punch to a low kick, then a teep two minutes in. Side kick soon after. Cleanest Superman punch so far. She’s considerably faster than Hughes and is making great use of it. Hughes tries to spin, lands a jab. Two minutes to go.
Torres to the body. Good exchange. More kicks from Torres, avoids a Superman punch and follows a head kick attempt with a right cross. Body shots from Torres. One minute to go. Right hand from Hughes, who’s giving ground. Double leg kick. Hughes catches one, tries to tie up and eats a heavy combo for her trouble. Torres knee answers a level change and she slams Hughes to the ground, waiting out a guillotine. 10-9 Torres.
Hughes tells her corner between rounds that she can’t see out of her left eye, so that’ll do it.
Final result: Torres def. Hughes by TKO (eye injury)
145 lbs.: Peter Barrett vs. Chase Hooper
Round 1: Hooper tossing out kicks to start. He looks for a reactive shot, no dice. Low kicks from Barrett, counter right soon after. Barrett tries a combo on the fence a minute in. Sharp right jabs. Hooper staying side-on, trying kicks. Left hand lands for him. Kick exchange, Hooper takes a low blow. Barrett goes back to the leg and body kicks when they resume. Good overhand left as he stalks forward. Barrett keeping him near the fence with two minutes to go.
Barrett takes the next low blow. Side kicks from Hooper. Combination from Barrett, continuing to advance. Hooper with a well-timed reactive shot, looking for a single-leg with a minute to go. Now a double, eats Browne elbows. He spins for a leg kick in the waning seconds, can’t get it. 10-9 Barrett.
Round 2: Jabs from Hooper. More low kicks from Barrett. Nice straight left lands for Hooper. 1-2, eats a low kick in return. He’s switching stance now as Barrett tears up the right calf. One minute in. 3-2 and body jab from Barrett, then another pair of calf kicks that have Hooper stumbling. Hooper tries to pull guard, cannot do so. Two minutes in. Hooper tries some leg kicks. He shoots, denied. Now an Imanari roll. Two minutes to go.
Awkward north-south position. He tries the heel hook, can’t keep Barrett down. One minute to go. Low kicks from Hooper. He tries a 1-2-wheel kick. Barrett with a counter right hook. 10-9 Barrett.
Round 3: Glancing head kick lands for Hooper. Barrett catches a body kick. Barrett still advancing, counters a low kick with a 1-2. Hooper changes levels, denied. 2-3 lands for him. Another good Imanari roll by Hooper. Hammerfists from 50/50. Barrett headbutts his fist in return. Two minutes in. Hooper looking for an inverted heel hook now, has his hips in position. He cranks on the hook and draws some frantic taps.
Final result: Hooper def. Barrett by submission (heel hook)