The UFC is back in Vegas with UFC gold on the line, and the main event UFC odds are now available. Read on for our complete betting guide taking the first look at defending UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo versus Alex Perez at UFC 255, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alex Perez
Saturday, November 21, 2020 – 09:35 PM EST at the UFC Apex
Deiveson Figueiredo (19-1-0)
The current UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo had been dominating the roster since his promotional debut back in 2017. Three years down the line, he has captured the flyweight strap and claimed his position as number one at 125lbs.
Hailing from Brazil, it's no surprise that Deiveson has obtained a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt on his journey through martial arts. And yes, Deiveson has seven submission victories from his twenty professional contests but his fists have proven even more worthy, The scary knockout power of Deiveson has taken his knockout tally to nine, at flyweight it is rare to see such a vast number of knockouts, but through his short twenty fight career – knockouts have trended.
Alex Perez (24-5-0)
Alex Perez will make history in Vegas next week when he becomes the first 'Dana White Contender Series' alumni to compete for a UFC world title. If he captures the championship, he will break another record and become the first-ever UFC championship which made it onto the roster through Dana White's television show.
Perez was born and raised in California, where he began wrestling at the tender age of eleven. Success as an All-American in College was the beginning of his martial arts journey. He transitioned to MMA during his teenage years and took his first professional fight aged nineteen. Now aged twenty-six, he's already amassed an extensive professional record of twenty-nine fights and has found his feet inside the largest organization on the planet. Deiveson was initially scheduled to face Cody Garbrandt. Still, after an injury withdrawal, Perez was happy to take the short-notice championship fight and has the skills to shock the world next week.
How Can Figueiredo Win?
The clear and common denominator is the two wins Figueiredo has over Joseph Benavidez, while Alex Perez single loss during his UFC stint came against Joseph Benavidez. Now, although 'MMA-math' isn't the professional method to rely on predicting the outcome of a fight, Deiveson dominated Benavidez even more so the second time around.
Significant to our breakdown because Perez has a similar skill set. I think the obvious path to victory for Deiveson is a knockout, but his dangerous submission threat is also viable. Deiveson has shown a dangerous guillotine choke in the past, with the chance that Perez could shoot for a takedown I can visualize this outcome too.
How Can Perez Win?
On the flip-side, Perez defeated Jussier Formiga where Deiveson's single loss in the UFC came against Jussier. But as mentioned, 'MMA-math' is not to be trusted because styles make fights. Perez has great wrestling offense with a ground and pound to match, his scrambling ability and heavy top game have led to some of his TKO victories. The wrestling cardio of Perez should give him the advantage if we see the championship rounds, another benefit I'd hand to the challenger.
Figueiredo vs. Perez Betting Odds Advice
The current UFC odds are favoring the current champion, but the juiced price isn't tempting. I worry for Deiveson across the full twenty-five allotted time frame, his workout isn't one of the highest, and he could lose his title through the judge's scorecards.
With that said, I still believe that Deiveson will find the button and finish Perez inside the distance. The speed, power and accuracy of his strikes rarely miss, and with Benavidez finding the force I believe the champion can replicate the fighter he demolished on two occasions.
My Pick: Deiveson Figueiredo to win inside the distance (TBD) at Bookmaker (visit our Bookmaker Review)