UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez – A Night of Thrills and Skills

UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez was a mixed martial arts event that took place on November 21, 2020, at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada. The event was produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), one of the leading organizations in the world of mixed martial arts.

The main event was a UFC Flyweight Championship bout between the reigning champion Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez. Initially, Figueiredo was expected to face former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt. However, due to a torn bicep, Garbrandt had to withdraw from the fight, and Perez, who was already scheduled to face Brandon Moreno at the event, stepped in as his replacement.

Figueiredo, a heavy-handed striker and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, was coming off a dominant submission win over Joseph Benavidez to capture the vacant flyweight championship. On the other hand, Perez, the first Dana White’s Contender Series signee to challenge for a UFC title, had made a name for himself with exciting wins against Jordan Espinosa and Mark De La Rosa.

The fight was a thrilling display of skill and strategy. When Perez went for a takedown, Figueiredo kept his balance and dropped for a leg lock. In a swift move, Figueiredo snatched up an arm-in guillotine the moment he got into guard, submitting Perez and securing his first successful title defense.

The co-main event was a UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship bout between the reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko and Jennifer Maia. Shevchenko, known for her pinpoint counterstriking, dominated the fight and won by unanimous decision.

The event also featured a welterweight bout between Mike Perry and Tim Means. Perry, who had missed weight by four and a half pounds, was fined 30% of his individual purse. Despite the controversy, the bout proceeded at a catchweight, with Means emerging victorious by unanimous decision.

Other notable fights included a women’s flyweight contest between Katlyn Chookagian and Cynthia Calvillo, a light heavyweight bout between Shogun Rua and Paul Craig, and a flyweight bout between Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval.

UFC 255 was a night of thrilling fights and memorable performances, showcasing the skill, strategy, and athleticism that make mixed martial arts such a captivating sport. The event underscored the UFC’s commitment to delivering high-quality, exciting events, even in challenging times.

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