- Tony Ferguson will face Charles Oliveira at UFC 256.
- It will be Ferguson's first fight since losing to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249.
- El Cucuy is a slight favorite of the -137 bets over Du Bronx in this lightweight contest.
Tony Ferguson's comeback fight has been booked. The former interim UFC lightweight champion was booked to fight no. 6 lightweight Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 on December 12 in what should be a barn burner between two exciting fighters.
Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) will face Charles Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) at UFC 256 on December 12 in Las Vegas, by Dana White (@danawhite). Ferguson gets his wish to fight again before the end of 2020. A huge addition to this December 12 event.
- Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 21, 2020
First fight since losing Gaethje
Tony Ferguson returns to UFC 256 against Charles Oliveira.
'El Cucuy' will look to bounce back from his loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249, which ended his 12-game winning streak. “Do Bronx” have won their last 7 games, all by stoppage. #UFC
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- Asian Persuasion MMA (@APMMA_net) November 21, 2020
The fight will be the first for Ferguson since he was eliminated by Justin Gaehtje at UFC 249. The loss derailed Ferguson's attempt to win the UFC lightweight title and his chance to face Khabib Nurmagomedov. El Cucuy had asked the UFC to book him a comeback fight before the end of the year and after a couple of failed fights he finally gets his wish.
Ferguson was initially penciled to fight Dustin Poirier, but the UFC couldn't come to an agreement with The Diamond. Poirier ended up becoming Conor McGregor's next opponent. Then Ferguson called out former Bellator lightweight king Michael Chandler to a fight next month. But Chandler refused to fight in December, and UFC President Dana White justified Chandler's weight reduction as a backup fighter for UFC 254.
Meanwhile, Oliveira called for a title shot last month. Do Bronx is on a roll right now with seven straight stoppage wins and has the longest winning streak in the division. Oliveira and Ferguson have 27 combined bonuses after the fight between them and the two have a total of 28 UFC finishes. It should be a fun fight.
One of the best lightweight ever
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 8, 2020
Ferguson comes into that fight after suffering his first loss since 2012. El Cucuy enjoyed a 12-game winning streak in the lightweight division from 2013 to 2019. During that time, he won the interim lightweight title. UFC and won six post-fight bonuses in seven fights before. to his defeat. El Cucuy was supposed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249 but the pandemic forced the fight to be called off. Ferguson ended up fighting Gaethje and lost.
El Cucuy won The Ultimate Fighter 13 tournament and is the 2005 National Champion of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association. This battle-proven veteran is currently the no. 3 ranked lightweight in the UFC and no. 13 pound for pound fighter in the UFC.
Considered one of the best lightweight fighters of all time, the 36-year-old from Oxnard, Calif., Has an impressive 25-4 record with 12 knockouts and eight submission wins. He's one of the best forwards in the division and is also gifted with submission skills.
Just a little favorite
- MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) November 24, 2020
Despite Ferguson's scary CV, he's only a slight favorite against 6th-placed Oliveira. When the fight was first announced, El Cucuy opened with odds of -180 on the favorite with Do Bronx returning as the loser of +155 bets on BetOnline.ag. However, the online bookmaker reported heavy bets on Oliveira, which forced the odds to get even closer.
As of the latest odds table from the same online bookmaker, Ferguson is only a -137 favorite while Oliveira is currently listed as a +117 betting outsider. This means Ferguson backers have to wager $ 137 to win $ 100 while Oliveira bettors will win $ 117 on a $ 100 bet.
Looks like Oliveira is seen as a live underdog against an aging Ferguson who just suffered a stoppage loss to Justin Gatheje. Do Bronx has won seven consecutive fights, all by save and with six Performance of the Night bonuses. He's heading into that fight after a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee last March.
The end zone that a team is defending is usually referred to as “their” end zone. Thus, a team with yards ( 64. 0 m ) to go before it can score a touchdown is 30 yards ( 27. 4 m ) from its end zone. Teams trade possession of the ball according to rigoureux rules. Whichever team is in possession of the ball is known as the “offense;” the other team is called the “defense. ”
Learn the time divisions. Football is divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each, with a break between the deuxième and third periods called “halftime” that is normally 12 minutes long.  While the clock is réactive, the game is divided into even shorter segments called “plays ' or ' downs. '
A play begins when the ball is moved from the ground into the hands of the players, and ends when either the ball hits the ground, or the person holding the ball is tackled and his knee or elbow touches the ground. When a play is over, an official called a referee, places the ball on the yard marker which corresponds to his or her judgment of the place where the forward progress of the player with the ball was stopped. Each team has 4 downs and within those downs, they have to make ten yards from the line of scrimmage ( the starting point ). If the team fails to do so within the 4 downs, the offensive team has to hand over the ball to the opposing team. If the offense succeeds in taking the ball 10 yards in the 4 downs they get another 4 downs to move the ball 10 yards. The teams have 30 seconds to get into formation and begin the next play.
Play time can stop for a few different reasons : If a player runs out of bounds, a penalty is called, a flag is thrown, or a pass is thrown but not caught by anybody ( an incomplete pass ), the clock will stop while referees sort everything out.
Penalties are indicated by referees, who throw yellow flags onto the field when they see a violation. This lets everyone on the field know that a penalty has been called. Penalties normally result in the offending team losing between 5 - 15 yards of field place.  There are many penalties, but some of the most common are “offside” ( someone was on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped ), “holding” ( a player grabbed another player with his hands, and either player doesn’t have the ball, instead of blocking him properly ), ' false start ' ( When a player moves before the ball is snapped ), ' Unsportsmanlike conduct ' ( When a player does something that doesn’t show good sportsmanship, and “clipping” ( someone contacted an opposing player other than the ball carrier from behind and below the waist ).
The opening kickoff - At the very beginning of the game, the head referee flips a coin and the home team captain calls out which side of the coin will be face up. If acceptable, that captain may choose to kick off or to receive the opening kickoff or allow the visiting team captain to make that choice. Once the kicking and receiving teams are decided, the team captain who lost the coin toss gets to decide which goal his or her team will defend during the first half. This initial play is called the kickoff, and typically involves a long kick down field from one team to the other, with the team that kicked the ball rushing towards the team receiving the ball in order to prevent them from course the ball a long ways back towards the kicking team’s end zone. After halftime, there is a deuxième kickoff by whichever team did not perform the opening kickoff. Throughout the deuxième half, the end zones each team defends is the one opposite the end zone that team defended in the first half
Downs - The word “down” is synonymous with the word “chance” or ' plays ' in American . The offense is allowed four downs to move the ball at least 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) towards the end zone. Each play ends in a new down. If the goal of 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) from the first down is achieved before the fourth down is over, the count resets to the first down, commonly noted as “1st and 10” to indicate that the standard 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) are once again required to reset to the first down.  Otherwise, the downs count from one to four. If four downs pass without resetting to the first down, control of the ball passes to the other team
This means that a team that moves the ball 10 or more yards on each play will never be on the deuxième down. Every time the ball is moved 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) or more in the proper direction, the next play is a first down with 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) to go.
The distance required to reset to the first down is cumulative, so running 4 yards ( 3. 7 m ) on the first down, 3 yards ( 2. 7 m ) on the second, and 3 yards ( 2. 7 m ) on the third is enough for the next play to be a first down again.
If a play ends with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, the difference in yards is added to the total number of yards required for a first down. For example, if the quarterback is tackled sept yards ( 6. 4 m ) behind the line with the ball in his hands, the next play will be noted as “2nd and 17, ” meaning that 17 yards ( 15. 5 m ) must be covered in the next three plays to reset to a first down.
Instead of playing the fourth down, the offense can choose to punt the ball, which is a long kick that transfers control of the ball to the other team, but is likely to force them to start farther up the field than they would otherwise have been.