There is a massive event in the UFC taking place this weekend, as Deiveson Figueiredo will be defending his flyweight championship against Alex Perez at the UFC APAX.
It will be the main event of an incredibly competitive looking UFC card at UFC 255, which also features action from the women’s flyweight division as Valentina Shevchenko will be clashing with Jennifer Maia. But, all eyes will be on Figueiredo on Saturday evening as he looks to continue the excellent reputation that he has built for himself in the UFC.
UFC News: Figueiredo’s Power A Huge Worry For Perez
Figueiredo will come into the fight with Perez as the reigning flyweight champion, while he is also considered the 14th best in the pound for pound rankings. His arrival in the UFC has been excellent, and is one of the most captivating fighters that we have seen in this division ever. The biggest reason for this is due to the power that he has. We haven’t seen a flyweight champion with the kind of power of the Brazilian in UFC history.
Figueiredo has dominated in the flyweight division, and he could be set for a long reign as the champion. He won the championship earlier this year from Joseph Benavidez on Fight Island, as he made his opponent submit in the first round. That victory came just five months after he missed weight before beating the same opponent. He has won 19 of his 20 professional fights to date, while he has won nine by knockout and seven by submission. He has only been taken the distance on four occasions, where he has recorded three wins and been beaten once.
UFC News: Odds Stacked Against Perez
Perez will go into this fight as the outsider, but his record as a professional isn’t a bad one. He has won 24 of 29 fights, but the fact that he has been knocked out once doesn’t bold well. That defeat came against Benavidez back in 2018. The first round will be vital for both fighters, as the longer the fight goes, the more it will favour Perez.
Perez has won 12 of his 24 fights by decision, with the most recent decision victory coming last year against Mark De La Rosa in the bantamweight division. However, his performances so far this year have been stunning, as he has won inside the first round against Jordan Espinosa and Jussier Formiga. However, this will be a big ask for Perez.