In so many ways, 2020 has been a year we may be tempted to want to forget — but that doesn’t mean fight fans haven’t had a lot to love. In the world of mixed martial arts, each month has brought us action-packed title fights, highlight reel knockouts from rising stars, and an all-time legend or two (or three!) announcing their retirements. But before we turn the page on a year like no other, the UFC is going out with a bang with one last pay-per-view blowout at the APEX in Las Vegas. That means it’s time for CanadianBettingSites to roll through some UFC 256 picks and the very best odds and prop bets for Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno, Tony Ferguson vs Charles Oliveira, and more.
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UFC Flyweight Championship: Deiveson Figueiredo Vs Brandon Moreno
No, this is not a mistake. Do not attempt to adjust your screens. Just three weeks after making his first 125-pound title defense in the headline bout at UFC 255 on 21 November, Deiveson Figueiredo is back in action against No. 1 flyweight contender Brandon Moreno… who’s fresh off fighting on the very same card. Call it a date with history. Call it a serviceable replacement for the now-postponed Petr Yan-Ajamain Sterling bantamweight championship throwdown. But whatever you call it, it’s far and away the toughest test of Moreno’s career.
“The Assassin Baby” looked terrific last month against fellow contender Brandon Royval, dislocating the poor guy’s shoulder en route to a TKO victory one single second before the end of Round 1. He’s the best opponent the UFC can muster against the champ barring Henry Cejudo’s un-retirement or a successful move to flyweight by Cody Garbrandt. He’ll have a modest height and reach advantage against “Deus da Geurra,” but it won’t be enough.
That’s just how good (read: violent) Figueiredo, a trendy pick for the UFC’s 2020 Fighter of the Year, truly is right now.
Pick Deiveson Figueiredo (1.35) to win the main event. A $20 wager at BetOnline cashes out for $27.02.
Moreno Upset Odds Vs Figueiredo
Fancy the underdog in the final pay-per-view main event of 2020? He’s not some palooka, after all; the guy has only lost twice since joining the UFC in 2016, and has never suffered a stoppage defeat as a professional fighter.
If your heart tells you that Brandon Moreno (3.6) is the guy, a winning $20 bet at Sports Interaction will pay $72.
Tony Ferguson Vs Charles Oliveira
2020 was finally, FINALLY Supposed to be the year that gave us a 155-pound instant classic title fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Instead, COVID-19 postponed their scheduled springtime bout, Ferguson lost to Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title, and Khabib shut the door on Gaethje before apparently announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts.
But if you forgot about El Cucuy in the midst of all that pomp and circumstance, you’re making a potentially lethal mistake.
Ferguson is still very much in the mix at 155, and a win over Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira would give him a convincing case for that long-delayed title shot. Unfortunately, he took an incredible amount of damage in the Gaethje fight, and at 36 years of age, even a beast cut from his cloth isn’t likely to be the same.
Oliveira (2.3) is an attractive upset pick against Ferguson. Bettors can win $46 on a $20 ticket at Bodog.
Best Ferguson Odds Vs Oliveira
El Cucuy is the favourite in this fight, and that shouldn’t be considered controversial. He’s got serious questions to answer after the wall-to-wall humbling he took back at UFC 249, but nobody is allowed to be all that surprised if he does pull out a win.
With that in mind, Ferguson has some value at the top sportsbooks. A $20 bet on the former interim lightweight champ cashes out for $33.80.
Renato Moicano Vs Rafael Fiziev
Elsewhere in the lightweight division, Renato Moicano might just have himself a new lease on life. After dropping two straight at featherweight, Mr. Mohawk needed less than one minute to claim a submission victory in March in his 155-pound debut. That’s why he’s only a narrow underdog in Vegas against Rafael Fiziev, who last earned Fight of the Night honours when he went the distance and prevailed against Marc Diakiese in July.
There’s value in picking the veteran, as Moicano (2.1) brings not only an experience edge but a height and reach advantage. $20 on the Brazilian cashes out for $42 at Bet365.
Mackenzie Dern Vs Virna Jandiroba
There may be no more lethal jiu-jitsu artist in women’s mixed martial arts than Mackenzie Dern, and she’s on a mission to make it 3-0 in 2020 in this year-end date with former Invicta FC strawweight champion Virna Jandiroba.
Never, ever go to the ground with @MackenzieDern 🇧🇷[ #UFCVegas11 – LIVE on #ESPNPlus ] pic.twitter.com/pMN6F4Udv4
— UFC (@ufc) September 20, 2020
Expect her to keep the momentum rolling along — she’s just that dangerous in the grappling game.
Pick Dern (1.59) to take care of business. A $20 wager will redeem for $31.80 at Intertops.
Junior Dos Santos Vs Ciryl Gane
We ought to be careful when we throw around words like “legend,” but Junior dos Santos has earned that honorific. He’s the man who banished Cain Velasquez to the shadow realm in their showdown for the UFC heavyweight title, after all.
Unfortunately, that was back in 2011. He’s currently on a three-bout losing skid, with each one coming by stoppage before the end of Round 2. There’s a ton of mileage in those tires, folks.
And Ciryl Gane is a giant of an athlete who’s never lost a professional fight.
The smart money is on Bon Gamin (1.29) to deliver the goods against JDS. A winning $20 bet pays out $25.80 at William Hill.