Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alex Perez had the MMA world on the edge of their seats as they headlined the UFC 255 main event on Saturday. Throwing down for the UFC Flyweight championship inside the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, it was the first title defense of Figueiredo’s reign.
Alex Perez stepped into UFC 255 a beacon of hope for many winners from Dana White’s Contender Series. The first of the show’s alumni to challenge for a title, he showed that one day they could see their name on the marquee fighting for UFC gold. Perez was stepping into the contender role after Cody Garbrandt’s bicep injury, and was a perfect replacement — not a cash grab, but a true flyweight contender.
Deiveson Figueiredo of course captured his title on the pure destruction of a tough Joseph Benavidez. Twice, in the end, after missing weight the first fight. Against Perez, he proved that was no fluke.
Deiveson Figueiredo successfully retained his Flyweight championship thanks to an amazing scramble into a smooth, crisp guillotine. If there were any questions about Deiveson Figueiredo being the real deal, his performance at UFC 255 answered them and then some. The Brazilian is a dangerous package — knockout power and the technique in the submission department will present a challenge for any contender.
Check out how the pros reacted to the UFC 255 main event.
I’m the king of brazil @Daico_Deiveson porra! 🇧🇷
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) November 22, 2020
Damnnn!!! That guillotine was on quickkk!!! 🔥🔥
Figueiredo looks unstoppable at 125lb! #UFC255
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) November 22, 2020
great night of fights 🥊 #UFC255
— Max Griffin (@MaxPainGriffin) November 22, 2020
— Natan Levy 🥋🥊 (@Levy_Natan) November 22, 2020
We need Cejudo back, Figgy has taken the title of cringe king. #UFC255
— TJ Laramie (@laramietj) November 22, 2020
How does that little dude hit so hard and squeeze so hard 😂 #UFC255
— Billy Q (@BillyQMMA) November 22, 2020
— Jamahal “Sweet Dreams” Hill (@JamahalH) November 22, 2020
If Figueiredo can make flyweight, maybe I CAN make 145 🤔
— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) November 22, 2020
HE GRABBED THE CAGE TWICE!! AND THEN REVERSED THE POSITION!! I don’t have a dog in the race but that’s fucking bullshit! #UFC255
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) November 22, 2020
God level grappling! Jeeze Louise #UFC255
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) November 22, 2020