UFC 255 went down last night (Sat., Nov. 21, 2020) inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring a Flyweight title fight that saw division champion, Deiveson Figueiredo, defeat Alex Perez via first round submission (see it again here). In the co-headlining act, women’s 125-pound champion, Valentina Shevchenko, defeated Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision to retain here title (video highlights).
Biggest Winner: Deiveson Figueiredo
Perez came out like a bolt of lightning ready to fight, but Figueiredo’s experience proved superior as “Daico” turned a takedown attempt into a nice submission win via guillotine early in round one. It really was smooth as silk. With his first title defense in his back pocket, Figueiredo can set his eyes on his next challenge, which will likely be Brandon Moreno after “Assassin Baby” scored himself a first round knockout win over Brandon Royval earlier in the night. After his win, Figueiredo called for the fight, and I’m here for it, as Moreno has the chops to give “Daico” some trouble. And it looks like the fight is going to happen much sooner than anyone expected. Nevertheless, Figueiredo is going to be a handful for all upcoming challengers and if he goes on a nice run, don’t be too surprised if he lures Henry Cejudo back to the cage.
Runner Up: Valentina Shevchenko
Shevchenko held on to her 125-pound title after defeating a vey game foe in Jennifer Maia. The win gives “Bullet” four straight title defenses. It also proves that once things get tough, Shevchenko can adjust, weather the storm and make the changes necessary to earn a win. While “Bullet” is accustomed to finishing fights, the five-round win showed everyone that Shevchenko is ready to endure a tough 25-minute scrap to retain her title, turning on the jets when necessary. A trilogy bout against Amanda Nunes is always possible, but she will more than likely than look forward to a potential showdown against a former Strawweight champion, as Jessica Andrade could be next in line.
Biggest Loser: Mike Perry
After failing to make weight by 4.5 pounds — and not giving two flips about it — Perry ended up losing to Tim Means in what proved to be an absolute slugfest that left his face looking worse for wear. For those keeping count at home, that is now six defeats in his last nine fights, losing three of his last four. That’s an atrocious record to say the least, one that would get most people cut from the promotion. I get it, Perry brings it come fight night and there is no denying that. But, it really rubbed me the wrong way that he was pretty much care-free about missing weight, especially when he posted videos of himself eating junk food so close to the fight. Dana White and Co. have cut fighters for less, so why Perry seemed to care less about it kind of puzzled me. He also hasn’t been winning on a consistent bases during his UFC stint, earning a 7-7 record over the last four years. And let’s not forget all of his out-of-the cage troubles. Now it remains to be seen what the promotion does with him moving forward.
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