• Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno named new UFC 256 main event; Ferguson vs. Oliveira co-main
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    Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno named new UFC 256 main event; Ferguson vs. Oliveira co-main

    UFC 256 headlining bouts UFC 256 main event: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon MorenoUFC 256 co-main event: Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira Just three days after Deveison Figueiredo defended his UFC flyweight championship, he has inked a deal to defend it against Brandon Moreno. Figueiredo headlined UFC 255, putting the flyweight belt on the line against Alex Perez. He made quick work of Perez, submitting him in less than two minutes. Moreno, the No. 1 ranked flyweight, also fought on the UFC 255 fight card, stopping Brandon Royval with one tick left on the clock in the first round of their featured preliminary bout. A day later, on Sunday, news that the latest UFC 256 headlining bout was nixed. Petr Yan was set to put his bantamweight belt on the line against Aljamain Sterling, but had to withdraw. Yan later said that he was forced off of the fight card because of visa issues. UFC president Dana White must have already known about Yan likely being off the card on Saturday night, as he mentioned at the UFC 255 post-fight press conference that he was working on keeping Figueiredo and Moreno in Vegas to fight in December. On Tuesday, the UFC announced that the bout had been signed. Figueiredo will make the second defense of his belt in back-to-back pay-per-views, when he faces Moreno in the UFC 256 main event on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas. Joining them on the card in the UFC 256 co-main event is a pivotal lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira, which was also further confirmed on Tuesday. UFC 256 was initially planned to be a championship tripleheader; what happened? The UFC’s initial plan was for UFC 256 to feature welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defending against Gilbert Burns, women’s double-champ Amanda Nunes putting her featherweight belt on the line opposite Megan Anderson, and Yan vs. Sterling. In the midst of signing Yan vs. Sterling, the Usman vs. Burns bout fell off the card when Usman indicated that he would not be physically ready to compete on the Dec. 12 fight card. Nunes vs. Anderson was then elevated to main event status. That lasted only a few days before Nunes withdrew because of undisclosed medical issues. That left Yan vs. Sterling as the likely UFC 256 main event, but now even that fight is a bust, leading us to Figueiredo vs. Moreno as the latest, and hopefully final, headliner. TRENDING > Khabib Nurmagomedov teases meeting with Dana White; does retirement decision loom? Trending Video > Dana White freaks out over Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. news (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov teases meeting with Dana White; does retirement decision loom?
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    Khabib Nurmagomedov teases meeting with Dana White; does retirement decision loom?

    Khabib Nurmagomedov is retired. Or is he? Maybe that's what we will finally find out after Khabib meets with UFC president Dana White. Oct. 24 – Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Justin Gaethje at UFC 254Oct. 24 – Khabib retires following UFC 254 victoryNov. 14 – Khabib reveals 47th drug test since 2015Nov. 24 – Khabib posts about upcoming meeting with Dana White Khabib's retirement announcement Khabib surprised everyone, even longtime coach Javier Mendez, when he announced his retirement following his second-round submission of Justin Gaethje in the UFC 254 main event on Oct. 24 on UFC Fight Island. Prior to that fight, White said he has something special in the works for Khabib, should he emerge victorious. He did win, notching his 29th consecutive victory in a career that has seen no defeats, but then called it quits before White could reveal his plan for the lightweight champion. “Today I want to say, this was my last fight. No way I can come here without my father,” Khabib said after putting Gaethje to sleep. “I promised (my mother) this would be my last fight.” Any fight is loaded with adrenalin and emotions following a fight, but even more so for Khabib at UFC 254. His father, Abdulmanap, passed away in July following heart surgery, which had been complicated by him contracting COVID-19. The fight with Gaethje was the first time Khabib had to prepare without his father by his side. The promise he made to his mother weighed heavily on Khabib, who has long been extremely dedicated to his family, constantly putting his respect for his parents above nearly everything else. What could steer Khabib away from retirement? Before his father's passing, Khabib and Abdulmanap had targeted 30 career victories as a potential landmark to trigger his retirement. That could also be something that weighs heavily on him. Though Khabib announced his retirement following UFC 254, he has remained in the USADA drug testing pool. He posted to Instagram on Nov. 14, mentioning that he had just undergone his 47th drug test since 2015. That means he is eligible to return to the Octagon at any time without restriction. White has also insisted that he doesn't believe that Khabib is done fighting yet. Though he respected Khabib's announcement at UFC 254, White said that his feeling was that Khabib would want to honor his father by notching a 30th victory. White has not made a move to declare an interim champion or made any comment on plans for a UFC lightweight title fight should Khabib's retirement become permanent. He has instead said that he was going to give Khabib some time to mull it over. "I’m giving Khabib some time to think this over. And he and I are going to get together and meet soon. So we’ll talk," White said at the UFC 255 press conference. He even went so far in a recent interview with TMZ sports to say that if Khabib is to fight again, one of four fighters that have bouts scheduled would be the next challenger. "One of those guys will definitely be in for the (Khabib) fight," White said of Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier, who will headline UFC 257 in January, and Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira, who are salted to fight on Dec. 12 at UFC 256. It's still unclear whether or not Khabib is even considering a return. He had commented in a recent Russian news report that he had no further competitive interests, but Khabib's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, refuted those reports as "fake news." Then, on Tuesday, Khabib posted a photo of him alongside White to his Instagram with a caption that read, "See you soon Dana White." That, of course, is far from any sort of commitment to a return. It could mean nearly anything. It appears, however, that a time for clarity is likely coming soon. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov) TRENDING > UFC 256 goes from 3 title fights to none, as Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling nixed Related Video > Dana White believes Khabib is going to fight again (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

  • UFC Vegas 15 loses Moicano vs. Fiziev to COVID-19
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    UFC Vegas 15 loses Moicano vs. Fiziev to COVID-19

    Saturday's UFC Vegas 15 fight card headlined by Derrick Lewis vs. Curtis Blaydes has lost one of its undercard bouts. Renato Moicano reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, so his bout with Rafael Fiziev has been removed from the fight card. Moicano, according to MMA Fighting, tested positive for COVID-19, forcing his removal from the UFC Vegas 15 line-up. Evidently, he is expected to be ready to fight soon, as the bout with Fiziev is now being targeted for UFC 256 on Dec. 12. The bout is a welcome addition to the UFC 256 fight card, which has been plagued by main event instability. UFC 256 has lost three championship fights The UFC’s initial plan was for UFC 256 to feature welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defending against Gilbert Burns, women’s double-champ Amanda Nunes putting her featherweight belt on the line opposite Megan Anderson, and Yan vs. Sterling. In the midst of signing Yan vs. Sterling, the Usman vs. Burns bout fell off the card when Usman indicated that he would not be physically ready to compete on the Dec. 12 fight card. Nunes vs. Anderson was then elevated to main event status. That lasted only a few days before Nunes withdrew because of undisclosed medical issues. That left Yan vs. Sterling as the likely UFC 256 main event, but now even that fight is a bust after Yan withdrew from the bout over the weekend because of undisclosed personal reasons. UFC president Dana White is now trying to convince bantamweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo to make a quick turnaround and fight on the Dec. 12 fight card. TRENDING > Deiveson Figueiredo retains title, scores first-round finish in UFC 255 main event Dana White full UFC 255 post-fight scrum (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)