UFC 255 – Tips & Preview

Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex Perez, Flyweight
Figueiredo by KO

Deiveson Figueiredo opens as the convincing $1.33 favourite here, with Alex Perez the rank $3.20 outsider.

Figueiredo has had a very impressive career to date, going 19-1 and winning the flyweight title last time out.

He enters this bout in excellent form, coming off of consecutive finishes of Joseph Benavidez.

Known primarily for his exciting fighting style, he has 9 knockouts and 7 submissions for his career so far.

His opponent, Alex Perez, has also enjoyed a stellar career, entering this bout with a 24-5 career record.

He has won 11 of his last 12 fights, including an impressive TKO of Jussier Formiga last time out.

He tends to opt for speed and timing over power, with half of his wins coming by decision so far.

In a 5-round fight, I have to like the look of Figueiredo here.

I think he has the edge both on the feet and on the ground, as well as possessing the all-important knockout power.

He is in excellent form and has fought more talented opponents of late, especially Joseph Benavidez.

For some extra value, I’ll take Figueiredo by knockout in the ‘method of victory’ market.

Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia, Flyweight, Co-Main
Shevchenko by KO $1.85

Valentina Shevchenko enters this one as a very short $1.08 favourite, with Jennifer Maia way out at $7.75.

Shevchenko has had an excellent career to date, entering this bout with a 19-3 career record.

She is on an impressive 4-fight streak, winning the Flyweight championship and defending it 3 times against some tough opponents.

Known for her excellent finishing ability, she has 6 knockouts and 7 submissions to her name so far.

Her opponent, Jennifer Maia, enters this bout with an 18-6-1 career record.

She is relatively new to the UFC, going 3-2 since her 2018 arrival.

Known more for her versatility, she has 4 knockouts, 5 submissions, and 9 decision wins so far.

Shevchenko is rightfully the huge favourite here, but $1.08 doesn’t seem like a great return for a straight-up win.

I instead see much better value on Shevchenko by KO/TKO at decent $1.85 odds.

Her speed, power, and striking ability should really worry Maia here and I can see this one being over quickly.

Mike Perry vs Tim Means, Welterweight
Perry to Win $1.68

Mike Perry opens as the $1.68 favourite here, with Tim Means listed as the $2.15 underdog.

Perry enters this bout with a 14-6 career record, having gone just 7-6 since joining the UFC.

His recent form has been rather poor, losing 5 of his last 8 fights.

Known primarily as a knockout specialist, 11 of his career wins have come by knockout.

His opponent, Tim Means, enters this bout with a 30-12-1-1 record.

His recent form has also been relatively poor, with 4 wins, 5 losses, and 1 no-contest over his last 10.

He is also primarily a knockout specialist, with 19 of his 30 wins coming by way of KO/TKO.

There isn’t a lot between these two fighters, but I still like Perry here as the slight favourite.

I’d expect this to be primarily a striking battle and Perry simply has the edge on the feet here.

He is faster, more powerful, and has better cardio, which I expect to pay dividends over the duration of this fight.