Report: Figueiredo v Moreno to replace Sterling v Yan at UFC 256

UFC 256 is scheduled to take place on December 12th. It was originally supposed to be headlined by Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson. However, Nunes pulled out due to undisclosed reasons.

This meant that Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan would likely be bumped to the Main Event. There is also talks of Tony Ferguson taking on Charles Oliveira on that date too.

Last night, the UFC’s Flyweight division was on display. With Deiveson Figueiredo defending his title against Alex Perez and Brandon Moreno fighting Brandon Royval for the next title shot. Figueiredo won by Submission in less than two minutes, and Moreno won by TKO in less than five.

At the UFC 255 post fight press conference, Dana White stated that he was working on a quick turnaround for Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno.

Is that a done deal?” The reporter asked. 

“We’re going to keep him [Figueiredo] here, he’s not going back to Brazil.” Dana White said. “We’re going to turn him right around.”

“Really? How fast do you think that’ll happen?” The reporter asked. 

“December.” White responded. 

“That fight right there will happen some time in December?” The reporter asked. 

“Yeah, that’s what we’re working on.” White responded.

ESPN MMA confirmed this morning that the bout was verbally agreed.

This is uncharacteristic for a Champion to look to defend his title twice in the space of a few weeks. However, based on reports this morning, it now makes sense why White is trying to get this deal done for UFC 256.

Rumours this morning circulated that Petr Yan was out of his fight with Aljamain Sterling, and it was being pushed back to February at UFC 258.

Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports has also cited a report from a Russian outlet, who claims Yan is out.

This has not been confirmed yet, but Sterling is aware of the talks and his team are trying to get to the bottom of it.

The news has now also been addressed by Ariel Helwani of ESPN.

UFC 256 is just a few weeks away, so we should have an official statement soon.


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