UFC 255: Spotlight on Flyweight Divisions
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, November 21, 2020
The UFC flyweight divisions will be on full display tonight as both the men’s and women’s UFC Flyweight Championship will be defended in the main event and co-main event.
On the men’s side, reigning champion Deveison Figueiredo will defend his title for the first time when he takes Alex Perez. This is a massive opportunity for Perez as former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt was originally scheduled but had to pull out of the fight.
Since losing to former title challenger Joseph Benavidez back in 2018, Perez has gotten back on track and won three straight fights. In his last two outings, Perez has made quick work of his opponents; submitted Jordan Espinosa in the first round and defeated Jussier Formiga by first round TKO at UFC 250. Perez will look to make the most of this opportunity and capture the UFC Flyweight Championship from Figueiredo, who finished Benavidez in back to back fights.
In the co-main event, Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko will look to continue her dominance when she defends her title against Jennifer Maia. Shevchenko looked great in her title defenses and has proven to be one of the top women’s fighters in MMA.
Although Shevchenko is the favourite and one of the most feared strikers in MMA, she will need to stick to her gameplan and not get overconfident because Maia is capable of pulling off the upset whether it be catching Shevchenko off guard in the standup or even with a submission.
The champions are both in unique situations because there are fans already looking past their challengers to what could be next. For Figueiredo, many are already expecting him to defend his title against Garbrandt and for Shevchenko, many are already speculating that a successful title defense could set the stage for a trilogy bout with Amanda Nunes for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
Do you think both champions will successfully defend their titles? Could there be an upset? Find out tonight live on pay-per-view for UFC 255.
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