The main card for the upcoming UFC event will showcase a bout that you cannot miss. Indeed, UFC 255 looks to impress since they feature an abundance of quality fights. Let’s dive into our Figueiredo vs Perez betting preview, followed by the co-main event: Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia.
Excellent flyweights, Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez, headline the main event. Figueiredo will be looking to defend his title for the first time against a highly motivated Perez. UFC 255 will provide many great online sports betting opportunities, including Figueiredo vs Perez, for your wagering pleasure.
Date: Saturday, 9 p.m.
Venue: UFC Apex
Watch on: PPV
Deiveson Figueiredo (19-1-0)
Figueiredo enters as the flyweight champion and has momentum with a four-fight winning streak. In his most recent fights, he took on Joseph Benavidez consecutive times after issues with him not making weight for the title. However, Figueiredo still won both fairly easily, handing a TKO and a submission.
Figueiredo has compiled nine wins by knockout, seven by submission, and three by decision. Impressively, out of his 19 victories, 10 fights finished within the first round by both knockouts and submissions on his resume.
“Deus Da Guerra” has been able to strike with accuracy at 55% and has also had luck with a grappling accuracy at 50%. He delivers 2.80 significant strikes a minute while taking on 2.81. This ratio here is somewhat concerning with a low volume of strikes delivered, but he still manages to get the job done.
Figueiredo has some moderate defenses, coming in with a takedown defense at 61% and defending against significant strikes at 51%. Not too much to worry about here, since he typically relies on his offense to finish the fights. He also shows that he is not afraid of the ground, with averages of 1.71 takedowns and 2.90 submissions every 15 minutes of fight time.
Alex Perez (24-5-0)
Perez is on the right track to move up. He is coming into this championship fight ranked as the fourth-best fighter from the flyweight division. His most recent success includes a three-fight winning streak, but it shows one intriguing matchup in particular. Perez’s last bout was a TKO victory over Jussier Formiga. Formiga is the only fighter to beat Figueiredo, which was in 2019 via decision.
Perez’s resume shows five wins by knockout, seven by submission, and 12 by decision. Out of those 24 victories, he has also managed to rack up 11 first-round finishes when combining knockouts and submissions.
He has been able to land his strikes with a striking accuracy at 47% and an even better grappling accuracy at 50%. Perez delivers 4.68 significant strikes a minute and takes on 3.10. This ratio is a lot better than Figueiredo’s if you look at the damage he delivers each minute, and he only slightly takes on more.
Perez has some excellent defensive metrics, with a takedown defense at 87% and a significant strike defense at 61%. He is also not afraid of the ground with averages of 3.03 takedowns and 1.40 submissions every 15 minutes of fight time.
Odds For Figueiredo vs Perez
Unsurprisingly Figueiredo comes in as the favorite, but does Perez have a chance? BetUS has the UFC betting odds currently sitting at:
Perez has a good shot at winning, especially if he can land strikes early and often. In his bout against Formiga, he introduced a variety of low leg kicks and solid striking to take that fight. When Formiga fought Figueiredo, he used a lot of grappling and wrestling to keep the fight under his control.
If Perez can somewhat copy this same routine, then he has a solid chance. However, Figueiredo just took care of Benavidez not once but twice.
Benavidez is arguably one of the best in the division to not have the title. He is also known for his aggressive takedowns. Benavidez tried to use that approach, but Figueiredo took care of that easily in both consecutive fights.
Figueiredo is still dangerous on the ground, so getting control will be a battle all by itself. Both of these fighters have finished their fights early a handful of times lately, so the championship rounds are most likely not needed. Look for Figueiredo to keep standing and find the TKO by the second round.
Figueiredo wins via TKO (-300).
Ladies Co-Main Event Betting Preview
Valentina Shevchenko (19-3-0)
Shevchenko is stepping into this matchup with a five-fight winning streak. The current women’s flyweight champion took care of Katlyn Chookagian via TKO back in February. Looking at her fighting resume, it shows that she has six wins by knockout, seven by submission, and six by decision.
“Bullet” strikes with an accuracy of 50% and has a grappling accuracy of 54%. She typically delivers 3.06 significant strikes a minute while also absorbing 2.12.
Shevchenko defends against takedowns at 77%, and she defends against significant strikes at 63%. She also averages 2.09 takedowns and 0.40 submissions every 15 minutes.
Jennifer Maia (18-6-1)
Maia is in this fight after a submission win against Joanne Calderwood in August. Looking into her fighting resume, it shows that she has four wins by knockout, five by submission, and nine by decision.
She strikes with an accuracy of 39% and has a grappling accuracy of 50%. She has been able to deliver 4.08 significant strikes a minute and take on 3.92.
Maia defends against takedowns at 70% and significant strikes at 53%. She also has been able to average 0.23 takedowns and 0.20 submissions every 15 minutes.
Odds For Shevchenko vs Maia
BetUS has the moneyline currently set at:
- Shevchenko -1500
- Maia +750
* odds are subject to change
Co-Main Potential Pick
Maia has an opportunity to make herself stand out. However, Shevchenko has been dominant against nearly everyone in the division and will look to end this fight early.
Shevchenko wins via TKO at -1500.
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