UFC 256 blew up the roof of UFC APEX last night (Saturday, December 12, 2020) in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was titled with a Flyweight title fight that Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno may have put on the best title fight in Flyweight Division history, via (see again here). In the act of co-headlining, Charles Oliveira absolutely dominated Tony Ferguson for 15 minutes to secure his eighth consecutive victory and propel himself to the top of the championship race.
After “Daico” and “The Assassin Baby” have fought for a majority draw, the only option is to have them revive. This time around, the two men will have more than three weeks to prepare. And now that they’ve shared 25 minutes of cage time with each other, you can bet every man will be more than ready when the rematch is over. Even UFC president Dana White said during the post-fight press that pulling her back is the only option. Now let’s take a look at the rest of the potential showdowns for the rest of the main card winners.
Winner: Charles Oliveira
Who does he face next: Title Shot… but against whom?
I don’t care what happens between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier next month at UFC 257, Oliveira deserves the next shot at Lightweight, no questions asked. Of course, if Khabib doesn’t come back to defend his belt once more, then Oliveira will likely face the winner of “Notorious” against “The Diamond” for the vacant bracelet. “Do Bronx” quite possibly had the best performance of his career, absolutely dominating Tony Ferguson on the feet and on the ground for 15 minutes. Only Justin Gaethje had done what Oliveira did in “El Cucuy”. It’s now eight straight wins for the long-forgotten 155-pound contender due to names like McGregor, Poirier, Ferguson Gaethje and now floating Chandler. Oliveira has been patient and it’s high time the UFC rewarded him for going three years without tasting defeat, knocking out some of the best along the way.
Winner: Mackenzie Dern
Who she should face next: Michelle Waterson
Dern claimed her third consecutive victory by beating Virna Jandiroba after 15 minutes of female action in strawweight. And after Waterson was forced to withdraw from her scheduled fight against Amanda Ribas – which was scheduled to take place at UFC 257 on January 23, 2021 – for undisclosed reasons, I’d love to see ‘Karate Hottie’ take on the jiu – jitsu ace. Dern (No.11) is set to climb into the Top 10 after her most recent victory, bringing her closer to Waterson (No.7) in the official UFC rankings.
Winner: Kevin Holland
Who he should face next: Derek Brunson
Holland called up Khamzat Chimaev after his big knockout victory over Ronaldo Souza, but “Borz” is already in line to take on Leon Edwards next month at welterweight, so that fight is unlikely. Ideally, I would like to see Holland take on the winner of the upcoming Chris Weidman v Uriah Hall fight, which is set to drop in February, but that would mean Holland would be on the sidelines for at least five months. I don’t see him waiting that long, which means a fight with Brunson is more doable. Derek hasn’t competed since August, so you know he can’t wait to come back, especially with several rising contenders making names for themselves.
Winner: Ciryl gane
Who he should face next: It’s Tuivasa
Gane earned his four straight win inside the Octagon by knocking out Junior dos Santos in the second round of their 265-pound tilt. Next to great French, I feel a fight against Tai Tuivasa. “Bam Bam” got himself back on track by knocking out Stefan Struve at UFC 254 last October. The victory stopped the bleeding from a three-game winning streak, so the big man would return with renewed confidence. And he’ll need them too, as Gane proves he’s also legit for them to come to Heavyweight.
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