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Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 256 preliminary card from Vegas. To stream UFC 256 live on ESPN+ PPV click here! Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 256 goes down live in Vegas.
Today’s show will feature a title fight in the flyweight division on top. In the headliner, Deiveson Figueiredo will look to make UFC history as he defends his title twice in 21 days against top contender Brandon Moreno. In the co-main, Tony Ferguson returns to the Octagon to face off with Charles Oliveira, who is on a seven-fight winning streak.
This post will cover the prelims. The featured fight on the undercard will see longtime featherweight contender Cub Swanson making his return at long last after a terrible injury. He’ll be squaring off with fellow veteran Daniel Pineda.
Today’s show is a standard PPV, but Covid has taken it down a notch. There is one Fight Pass fight, which should kick off around 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT. Things will move to ESPN 2 and ESPN+ for four more fights at 8 ET, and then we’ll go over to PPV at 10pm ET as per the norm.
Chase Hooper vs. Peter Barrett
Round 1 – They touch up. Both throw some feints, and Hooper dives on in a takedown. Can’t get anywhere though. Leg kick from Barrett. Again. Nice counter right too. Leg kick from Hooper. Barrett with nice jab. Hooper with a right hook. Side kick. Barrett lands low. Cornuts cam confirms. H takes about a minute and they reset. Barrett lands two low kicks. Barrett with a lead left hook. Jab. Barrett catches another kick. Hooper hoofs Barrett in the cup. He takes a bit of time to reset. Leg kick from Hooper. Side kick. Barrett jumps in with a right hook. Hooper scoops a single but Barrett fights him off. Elbows from Barrett as Hooper continues to try for the takwdown He switches to a double, then pulls guard with a leg lock. Time runs out though. 10-9 Barrett.
Round 2 –
Cub Swanson vs. Daniel Pineda
Renato Moicano vs. Rafael Fiziev
Gavin Tucker vs. Billy Quarantillo
Tecia Torres vs. Sam Hughes