The UFC 255 main event features flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo, who takes a 19-1 pro record into Saturday's bout.
Defending his flyweight belt for the first time, Deiveson Figueiredo looks dangerous heading into Saturday’s fight with Alex Perez in the main event at UFC 255.
Originally scheduled to fight Cody Garbrandt, who pulled out die to injury, Figueiredo will have to come in with a different game plan against Perez, as Garbrandt and Perez are very different fighters. Oddsmakers don’t seem to think a new opponent will make much of a difference, as Figueiredo is a -340 favourite, while Perez is a +245 underdog.
Deiveson Figueiredo UFC 255 Odds
Figueiredo (19-1 MMA record) is the most dominant he has ever been. He hasn’t needed to go past the second round in his last three fights and his only career loss was almost two years ago. This will be Figueiredo’s fourth fight in the last year and third fight in 2020. His current four-fight win streak goes back to UFC 240 in 2019 and it has seen Figueiredo win by TKO over Joseph Benavidez back in February and by submission over Benavidez for the vacant flyweight title in July.
Intelligence and patience are keys to Figueiredo’s plan. His superior footwork allows him to be a patient fighter and he utilizes his understanding of distance to make every strike smooth and powerful. His average of 1.37 knockdowns per 15 minutes is second all-time among flyweights and his strong ground game helps him average 2.27 submissions per 15 minutes (compared to 1.16 for Perez).
Alex Perez UFC 255 Odds
With only one loss in his last 12 fights, Perez (24-5 MMA record) has continued to improve since joining the UFC in 2017. He has won his last three fights, including a first round submission over Jordan Espinosa in January and a first round TKO over Jussier Formiga at UFC 250 in June. He is taking this fight on short notice, but a win on Saturday could be life changing for him.
Perez relies on his strong fundamentals to come at opponents many different ways. He has a background in wrestling and his striking is powerful and technically sound. Perez always makes his shots count as he often uses a mixture of leg kicks to set himself up for damaging punching combos. He lands more significant strikes per minute than Figueiredo (4.69 for Perez, 2.43 for Figueiredo) and has a better takedown defence (87 per cent for Perez, 58 per cent for Figueiredo).
Figueiredo vs. Perez UFC 255 Prediction
Perez generally starts his fights with aggressive striking, which likely suits the champ just fine. Just getting this fight was a huge boost to Perez’s career and he has the potential to challenge for the flyweight title, just not now. Look for a Figueiredo to defend his title with a second round submission win.