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.
Less than two hours after his first flyweight title defense, Deiveson Figueiredo already verbally agreed to face top contender Brandon Moreno next month at UFC 256, multiple sources told @arielhelwani.— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 22, 2020
Moreno has verbally agreed to the fight as well, sources said. pic.twitter.com/xINyNc3ZuE
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.
Per Russian outlet TASS, the bantamweight title bout between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling may be getting rescheduled.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) November 22, 2020
That would explain the urgency to book Figueiredo vs. Moreno despite the addition of a perfectly suitable co-main in Ferguson/Oliveirahttps://t.co/9TT7urwr9a
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.
Speaking with my team now about those rumors. Not sure what’s up https://t.co/MK87g68cFr— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) November 22, 2020
Yan is too much of a man to do this. We will know what’s going on soon. https://t.co/8muKrHn7Xg— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) November 22, 2020
YERRRR!!! Everything good with you my guy .@PetrYanUFC?— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) November 22, 2020
The news has now also been addressed by Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
The 12/12 Petr Yan x Aljamain Sterling 135 title fight is off, per sources. No new date yet. Undisclosed reasons for Yan, sources say. Not injury, though.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 22, 2020
So, 256 is back to only having 1 title fight on the card: Figueiredo x Moreno.
First reported by @MMAisland.
UFC 256 is just a few weeks away, so we should have an official statement soon.
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