Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight finishers Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira will go to war this weekend (Sat., Dec. 12, 2020) at UFC 256 inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What’s the next step for “El Cucuy?” His historic win streak came to a vicious close, and though he captured the interim title, the undisputed crown eluded him. At 36 years old, Ferguson is attempting to rebuild in one of the toughest divisions in the sport with an unclear title picture ahead of him.
Oliveira is no easy task, either. The Brazilian is no longer the semi-fragile youngster who still dominated some tough opponents. He’s battle-hardened and hitting his prime, in the midst of his own massive win streak and would-be title run.
Key Wins: Kevin Lee (UFC 216), Rafael dos Anjos (UFC Fight Night 98), Anthony Pettis (UFC 229), Edson Barboza (TUF 22 Finale), Josh Thomson (UFC Fight Night 71), Donald Cerrone (UFC 238)
Key Losses: Justin Gaethje (UFC 249), Michael Johnson (UFC on FOX 3)
Keys to Victory: For any number of reasons, there may never be another quite like Tony Ferguson. He’s a wonderfully strange mix of aggressive, pressure kickboxing and unorthodox submissions, but perhaps more important, Ferguson excels at breaking his opponents via damage.
Record: 29-8 (1)
Key Wins: Kevin Lee (UFC Fight Night 170), David Teymur (UFC Fight Night 144), Nik Lentz (UFC Fight Night 152, UFC Fight Night 67), Jeremy Stephens (TUF 20 Finale), Myles Jury (UFC on FOX 17), Hatsu Hioki (UFC Fight Night 43), Will Brooks (UFC 210)
Key Losses: Paul Felder (UFC 218), Anthony Pettis (UFC on FOX 21), Frankie Edgar (UFC 162), Cub Swanson (UFC 152), Ricardo Lamas (UFC Fight Night 98)
Keys to Victory: Oliveira is an offensive force. He’s developed his Muay Thai quite a bit in the last few years, adding crushing low kicks, heavy hooks, and sneaky elbows and knees to his arsenal. Oh, and this is the grappler who holds the UFC record for submission wins!