UFC 255 on Saturday night from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas is one of five events remaining on the organization’s 2020 record. This card presents some lots worth of potential investments, so let’s take a look at a handful of encounters.
Deiveson Figueiredo -313 vs. Alex Perez +250, fly weight (125 pounds), championship
Many dominant champions are scattered across the 12-weight classes in the UFC, and any discussion of dominance must include the 125-pound Figueiredo field.
What sets him apart from others in his division is his massive size – especially the night of wrestling, when he competes at about 153 pounds – his extreme athleticism, his precision timing and his shot and his abundant power. . Figueiredo works best by aggressively going downhill opponents, then beating them.
If he has the Achilles heel, though, it would be his lack of a ground game.
In most battles, opponents are not determined, skilled or conditioned enough to work their way through the incapacitated penalty that strives to gain an internal position on Figueiredo. But the way to compete with him is in fact to close the gap on him and fight him, as Jussier Formiga did in March 2019 when he beat Figueiredo by decision. However, Figueiredo had time to address this shortcoming, accompanied by its size which translates into a formidable defense of elimination.
Perez, the fourth-ranked flyweight, is three years younger and an inch taller, but that’s where his advantages end. He barely faced the level of competition that Figueiredo has, and common opponent Joseph Benavidez finished Perez while Figueiredo led Benavidez on two occasions this year. A second common opponent, Formiga, showed off the fight to beat Figueiredo while Perez finished the old Formiga in brutal fashion.
Perez enters this fight with momentum, winning his last three, and has the fighting background to try to get Figueiredo to the floor. The key lies in Perez’s ability to close the distance, reach this to the floor and tax the champion where he is most uncomfortable. This seems a high order.
I think of Figueiredo as a strong favorite.
Valentina Shevchenko vs. 1250 Jennifer Maia + 750, female fly weight (125 pounds), champion
In my view, champion Shevchenko is on par with Amanda Nunes as the most dominant woman-to-pound wrestler in UFC history. Yes, Nunes defeated Shevchenko twice, but he was at 135 pounds, and Shevchenko was struggling from his natural class of 125 pounds. Believe me when I say that Shevchenko is a modern mixed martial artist as lethal as he is today, male or female.
Third-placed Maia walks in a whuppin ’as Alex Perez in the main event. Maia’s weapons are Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and her success is tied to winning the internship over Shevchenko then taking this fight to the mat.
The truth is that Shevchenko is more versed everywhere than anyone in the division. For Maia to have any blows, she has to hook up and then roll Shevchenko to the floor and try to hit her with some subtle submission. But the probability of this is long.
Mike Perry -150 vs. Tim Means +125, welterweight (170 pounds)
Means is a 16-year MMA veteran whose career has spanned three weight classes for 44 fights. He will have 4 inches of arm and leg length and also a height advantage in a fight that appears to be a stand-up war. Attributing experience and physical advantages to the Media.
But his opponent can easily intimidate. Perry is innate in nature, overly aggressive and driven from the inside out. Recent behavior far from octagon can be traced, but part of Perry’s mystique is mirage.
Perry is strong as a mule, uninterrupted by his forward pressure, telegraphing with his blows of power and able to withstand incredible amounts of physical damage. This makes him a dangerous opponent for anyone without years of mixed experience in martial arts.
Perry has maniacal youth, strength, and mental ability, yet Means has a depth of experience and the ability to use the movement and precision that strikes to keep Perry quietly outside, so the Means can pick and choose their path for a decision.
Cynthia Calvillo -250 Vs. Katlyn Chookagian +205, Female Fly Weight (125 lbs)
Calvillo is the fourth-ranked flyweight and was scheduled to fight an elimination fight before he was eliminated. That forced her to find another opponent. At least she shows off her move by facing the Chookagian No. 2 flyweight, who is just struggling and was finished by Jessica Andrade on October 18th.
Calvillo, who fights off Team Alpha Male, is ugly for his roots. She struggles using relentless pressure, struggle, hardness and grit.
Last month, I chose Chookagian to beat Andrade. This handicap was lacking, but I plan to return right there because he has the defense, the movement, and the shot to keep Calvillo at bay and paint him with shots. Chookagian has experience, 5 inches tall and the arm and leg gain advantages, and I consider her as alive in this struggle.