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UFC 255 results: Deiveson Figueiredo submits Alex Perez in under two minutes to retain flyweight title

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Fighters don't get paid by the hour and Deiveson Figueiredo is proof of that. Heading into his main event tilt against Alex Perez at UFC 255, six of his eight UFC wins had come inside the distance.

You can now make it seven of nine, as Figueiredo scored his second consecutive first-round submission with this one coming at the 1:57 mark to retain the flyweight championship at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

‚ÄúI promised my master I was going to do this,‚ÄĚ Figueiredo said of winning via submission. ‚ÄúI trained for that and that‚Äôs exactly what happened.‚ÄĚ

The fight began with Figueiredo and Perez exchanging heavy artillery on the feet. Perez tried for a takedown but was rebuffed by the champion. Figueiredo threw a kick, but Perez caught the leg, which led to a scramble that found the Brazilian immediately attempt a heel hook. Perez turned and went down to try and capitalize on Figueiredo being on the ground. 

Instead, Figueiredo (20-1) snatched Perez's head and locked in the guillotine. Perez tried everything he could to escape. He got up to his knees, but Figueiredo squeezed harder. For a moment, Perez looked to be on his way to slipping out. Realizing that wasn't going to happen, Perez (24-6) tapped out, and Figueiredo successfully defended the belt for the first time and extended his winning streak to five.

UFC 255 results

  • Deiveson Figueiredo def. Alex Perez via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:57 of the first round to retain the flyweight title¬†
  • Valentina Shevchenko def. Jennifer Maia by¬†unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
  • Tim Means def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Katlyn Chookagian def. Cynthia Calvillo by unanimous decision¬†(30-27, 30-27, 30-27)¬†
  • Paul Craig def. Mauricio Rua via TKO at 3:36 of the second round¬†
  • Brandon Moreno def. Brandon Royval by TKO at 4:59 of the¬†first round¬†
  • Joaquin Buckley def. Jordan Wright via knockout at 0:18 of the second round¬†
  • Antonina Shevchenko def. Ariane Lipski by TKO at 4:33 of the¬†second round
  • Nicolas Dalby def. Daniel Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Alan Jouban def. Jared Gooden by¬†unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Kyle Daukaus def. Dustin Stoltzfus via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Sasha Palatnikov def. Louis Cosce by TKO at 2:47 of the¬†third-round TKO
 

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Deiveson Figueiredo chokes out Alex Perez to remain flyweight champion

Figueiredo def. Perez via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:57 of the first round to retain the flyweight championship. 

Even though it lasted just under two minutes, it was an exciting two minutes. Figueiredo and Perez began things by slinging the leather and kicks. Based on that, it appeared we were going to be in for a thriller.

However, Perez went for a takedown but Figueiredo stuffed it and spiraled into attempting a heel hook. Perez jumped on the mat and Figueiredo snatched the head and locked in the guillotine. Perez rose up but Figueiredo squeezed harder. It looked like Perez was going to sneak out but the pain was too much and tapped out.

UFC 255 main event

It's time for the main event of UFC 255 as Deiveson Figueiredo defends the flyweight championship against No. 4-ranked Alex Perez. 

Figueiredo (19-1) captured the vacant belt, plowing through Joseph Benavidez for the second time to win by first-round submission and take his first world title at the end of July. The Brazilian is 8-1 in the UFC, with six of those coming via stoppage. 

Perez (24-5) entered the UFC through the Dana White's Contender Series. He has made the most of his opportunity by going 6-1 with four of those victories via stoppage. 

This going to be a better than expected fight. We should be in for a good one.

 

Valentina Shevchenko uses entire arsenal to beat Jennifer Maia to retain belt

Shevchenko def. Maia by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) to retain the women's flyweight title. 

Many pundits expected Shevchenko to plow through Maia. But Maia showed a ton of heart and had better skills than most thought. Because of that, Shevchenko changed it up and used her grappling chops to control Maia. 

When she needed to go back to her bread and butter, which is her striking, Shevchenko did so and bloodied up Maia in the fifth round and successfully defended her title for the fourth time.

Someone showed they can take a round so the door is ajar a slight bit. It's going to take a special competitor to dethrone Shevchenko.

Shevchenko-Maia Round 5

A highly entertaining final round. 

Shevchenko could have rode the bicycle for the last five minutes. Instead, she stood and traded with Maia, who stunned the champion twice. It wasn't enough to steal the round but exemplified the heart Maia has even in defeat. Time to go to the judges' scorecards. (10-9 Shevchenko, 49-46 Shevchenko)

 

Shevchenko-Maia Round 4

Shevchenko built on the previous round as she got into a rhythm on the feet, which ended with yet another takedown. She battered Maia's body while trying to look for an arm triangle choke to no avail.

Maia needs a stoppage to win. (10-9 Shevchenko, 39-37 Shevchenko)

Shevchenko-Maia Round 3

If you thought, the fight would still be going AND be competitive, raise your hand. I didn't think so.

The beginning of the round was back-and-forth on the feet until an overhand left by Shevchenko resulted into an immediate takedown. Shevchenko looked to have the advantage until Maia got underhooks to get things back to the feet. In the final ten seconds, Shevchenko secured another takedown. 

Does Shevchenko build on that momentum or can Maia regain control? (10-9 Shevchenko, 29-28 Shevchenko)

Shevchenko-Maia Round 2

Well, who would have thought we'd see Maia be competitive? 

She took Shevchenko down and controlled things from there. Maia kept Shevchenko against the cage, keep her body pressed on her and landed hard shots on occasion. 

Is Shevchenko in trouble? (10-9 Maia, 19-19)

Valentina Shevchenko-Jennifer Maia Round 1

Maia showed some powerful hands early on. That didn't last long as Shevchenko got ahold of Maia and dropped her to the mat. Once there, Shevchenko was in total control. She stayed in Maia's guard, landed punches to the body and elbows when she had an opening. The impressive thing was anytime Maia shifted, Shevchenko followed her there. (10-9 Shevchenko)

UFC 255 co-main event

It's time for the co-main event of UFC 255 as Valentina Shevchenko defends the women's flyweight championship against No. 3-ranked Jennifer Maia. 

After losing a split decision to current dual champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215, Shevchenko (19-3) has gone on an absolute tear, dominantly winning five consecutive bouts with three of those victories coming inside the distance. In her last time out, Shevchenko destroyed Katlyn Chookagian via third-round TKO at UFC 247 to defend her championship for the third time. 

Maia (18-6-1) earned her first UFC title shot by winning three of her last four, including a first-round submission of Joanne Calderwood at the beginning of August.

Can Maia pull off the upset? We are about to find out.

Tim Means puts on striking clinic to get past Mike Perry

Means def. Perry via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). 

Beyond a surprise takedown and a rear-naked choke attempt in the early portion of the first round, once Means got the action back to the feet, Means was in total control. He stayed on the outside, kept pumping the jab at will and mixing it up with knees and kicks to secure back-to-back victories and win No. 13 inside the Octagon. 

It's amazing that Means has been in the UFC since 2013 and continuing to rack up the W's.

Potential welterweight slugfest on deck

Up next at UFC 255, Mike Perry takes on Tim Means in a 175.5 pound catchweight bout. 

The reason the fight is at a catchweight is due to Perry coming in at an absurd 4.5 pounds overweight. Perry (14-6) did look good in his last time out, dominating Mickey Gall to win by unanimous decision. 

Means (30-12-1, one no contest) has been uneven in his last four bouts, going 2-2. But Means did win in his previous contest, beating Laureano Staropoli via unanimous decision.

The weight issues will play a significant factor. If Means can stretch it into the second round, it's his to lose.

Kaitlyn Chookagian outstrikes Cynthia Calvillo

Chookagian def. Calvillo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). 

Chookagian won this one going away. She fought her fight and led the dance the entire way. Chookgian managed the range, had great footwork, decided when she'd strike and left Calvillo confused as she was unable to get the fight to the ground.

With Chookagian winning, that leaves the 125-pound division in flux. A Calvillo win would have meant a championship opportunity against the winner of the co-main event. Now, who knows.

Key women's flyweight tilt

Coming up next at UFC 255, No. 2-ranked Kaitlyn Chookagian battles No. 4-ranked Cynthia Calvillo. Calvillo (9-1-1) blasted her way into the names of fans with three consecutive wins to begin her UFC run. Currently, she's unbeaten in her last four (3-0-1) to inch closer to a title shot.

Chookagian looks to go 2-2 for 2020. She began the year losing to champion Valentina Shevchenko, beating her sister Antonina and then losing to Jessica Andrade.

This one is going to come down to grappling. If Calvillo can get the fight to the ground then her odds improve dramatically.

Paul Craig wears down 'Shogun' Rua to earn stoppage win

Craig def. Rua by TKO at 3:36 of the second round. The name of the game for Craig was his grappling. He used his improved striking to set up his takedowns which Rua couldn't avoid. 

Some fighters don't do much once a takedown occurs. But Craig stayed resilient, active and continued to look for ways to garner a better position. 

The method worked as Rua was exhausted by the time the second round began. Craig secured a single leg takedown, which left the former light heavyweight champion with nowhere to go as he was up against the cage. Rua was flattened out and Craig started uncorking a barrage of shots. Realizing he couldn't go anywhere, Rua tapped out to strikes.

A fantastic win for Craig as it was by far the biggest of his career.

The return of 'Shogun' Rua

The main card of UFC 255 begins with No. 14-ranked Mauricio "Shogun" Rua taking on No. 15-ranked Paul Craig in light heavyweight action.

Rua and Craig met once before, going to a split draw in November 2019. Since then, Rua (27-11-1), a former light heavyweight champion beat¬†Ant√īnio Rog√©rio Nogueira via split decision in July.¬†

Craig (13-4-1) fought on the same card as Rua, submitting Gadzhimurad Antigulov in the first round. 

Does Rua have anything left in the gas tank? He's 5-1 in previous rematches.

Brandon Moreno finishes Brandon Royval with one second left in first round

Moreno def. Royval by TKO at 4:59 of the first round.

Royval had been controlling the action on the feet with his constant activity, but Moreno got him down to the mat and from there it was all the native of Mexico. 

Moreno was out grappling Royval and nearly had a submission earlier in the round. Moreno stayed aggressive and kept looking to put Royval away. 

Royval tried to get up but Moreno still had a hold of him and unloaded a series of hammer fists and the fight was stopped with one second remaining. When the fight ended, Royval was screaming in agony as his shoulder popped out of the socket. A sickening thing to see.

You couldn't have asked for a better showing if you're Moreno. He felt disrespected when he got passed over for the shot at Figueiredo after Cody Garbrandt had to pull out. 

There's no question who the No. 1 contender is. 

UFC 255 featured prelim

The featured prelim at UFC 255 has No. 1-ranked Brandon Moreno facing No. 6-ranked Brandon Royval. Moreno (17-5-1) comes in on a hot streak, unbeaten in his last four contests (3-0-1). Eleven of his 

Like Moreno, Royval (12-4) is also on a torrid run of his own, a winner of four in a row. Out of his 12 wins, 11 are inside the distance.

The winner puts themselves in a position to take on the winner of the main event.

Joaquin Buckley delivers again to end Jordan Wright's unbeaten streak

Buckley def. Wright by knockout at 0:18 of the second round. After nearly finishing Wright off in the first round, Buckley put him away with a vicious left hook that landed flush on top of the head and punctuated the evening with a hard right hook to send Wright's eyes into the back of his head for the KO win.

 

 

Wright's corner did him no justice though. He was in no condition to go out there for the second round. His corner should have thrown in the towel.

Nonetheless,  great performance from Buckley and another highlight-reel finish to add to the resume. You couldn't ask for a better way to end the year.

Can Joaquin Buckley dazzle us again?

The second-to-last preliminary bout features Joaquin Buckley taking on Jordan Wright in middleweight action. Buckley (11-3) notched the 2020 knockout of the year and one for the ages when he finished Impa Kasanganay at the point of impact. Looking to derail the Buckley train is Wright (11-0, one no-contest). All of Wright's wins have come via stoppage.

Can Buckley deliver another highlight-reel finish?

Welcome

Welcome to our live coverage of UFC 255. The card is headlined by championship fights with Deiveson Figueiredo putting his flyweight title on the line against Alex Perez in the main event. Before that, Valentina Shevchenko defends her flyweight belt versus Jennifer Maia. 

The undercard is a solid one so grab the refreshments, go to the bathroom, sit on the couch and follow along for what should be an entertaining night of fights.

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