DieHard MMA Previews: UFC 256 with Clint MacLean

by Pub Sports Radio

UFC 256 Card Preview

By; Clint MacLean (@DieHardMMAPod)

COVID has ravaged the Final Pay Per View of UFC 256, and somehow we still have an incredible fight card. We lost the main event and multiple undercard fights to this brutal virus that has ruined 2020, but Dana White and the UFC have rallied together and pulled this card together for us, and it is still totally worth that price tag.

The night kicks off with one of the UFC’s biggest busted prospects in Chase Hooper, looking to redeem himself and legitimize the hype he has managed to build with his personality. You don’t remember Chase Hooper? Ben Askren’s son. Yea, that kid. He got the brakes beaten off of him by UFC gatekeeper Alex Caceres earlier this year as a massive favorite, and here he is sitting around -400 again. The big key here is that his opponent Peter Barrett is a much more friendly stylistic match and has next to no ground game. The UFC knows which one of these fighters they want to get the win, and while I cannot suggest that you bet on Chase Hooper at this price tag, I do expect him to get a submission win and be adorable on camera to continue building his hype.

One of the best fights on this card is an early one that should glue the casual’s butts to their seats for the rest of the night. 12-1 Gavin Tucker is battling 15-2 Billy Quarantillo. Both of these men own BJJ black belts with vicious finishing ability, and neither has been finished! Neither is afraid of a war on the feet, and both are more than comfortable with scrambling on the floor. This fight is going to be paced and non-stop action. You should be following me on Twitter (@DieHardMMAPod), and if you are, you beat a massive line move on my boy Billy Q who is now sitting as a -170 favorite. We have that -115 in our pockets! I fully expect the gas tank and pace of Billy to be the deciding factor in this fight, and he will eventually break Tucker.

Next up, we have a fight that could be an early contender for fight of the night. Rafael Fiziev and Renato Moicano were supposed to fight a few weeks ago, but due to a positive COVID test, we are blessed with this fight taking place on a card that needed the extra help. Fiziev is a masterful striker and the striking coach of Tiger Muay Thai. If you don’t know Tiger Muay Thai, take a minute and pull up their IG page. Nothing but killers and the best fighters in the world come out of Tiger Muay Thai, and this guy is their COACH. Renato Moicano is a man who faced the best that 145 had to offer and just was coming up short. The prevailing idea is that he was simply too big for 145, and now that he has moved up to 155, Moicano looks like a whole new man. The range and speed of Moicano could make all the difference here, and at 155  with his durability issues in the rearview window, I think we are in for a fifteen-minute technical slugfest, and I believe the Over 2.5 is a pretty solid bet.

The co-main event of UFC 256 is one that the hardcore fans have been calling for for years!! Tony Ferguson is finally facing the man who many believe is Tony 2.0 in Charles Oliveira. Charles Olivera is on a hot streak right now and is blowing the doors off the 155-pound division, but the truth of the matter is that he has fought absolutely NOBODY. Every single one of Olivera’s opponents for the last three years is massively flawed or beyond their prime. Even Kevin Lee, who is the best win on Olivera’s record, is known for beating himself in his fights, and that’s precisely what happened when they fought earlier this year. Tony Ferguson is a man who does not break. Tony Ferguson is a man who never stops coming forward and will slice and dice you with his elbows until you are lying in a pool of your blood, looking up at an official saving you from the Boogeyman. I do not understand the love for the dog here. I do understand that Charles is dangerous, but I fully expect Tony Ferguson to break this kid.

The main event of UFC 256 is setting the record for the fastest turnaround of a UFC champion. The God of War Deiveson Figueiredo just defended his title 3 events ago, taking out Perez in the first round. That same night Moreno was given a very fortunate circumstance against Brandon Royval and took full advantage of the UFC newcomer’s arm dislocating to get a nice little win and #1 contender spot. Moreno has been underrated his entire career, but now he is the Most Improved Player and finally gets his shot against Deiveson for the undisputed strap. Both men are willing to trade and give as good as they get, and therein lies the big issue for me. I love Brandon Moreno, but history has told us that anybody who tries to trade 1 for one on Deiveson has ended up face down on the UFC’s canvas. Moreno has a phenomenal chin, but it will be tested on Saturday like never before. I have doubted the God of War before, and I have paid dearly for it. I cannot stand in front of him this time. Long may he reign!

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