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UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez Main Event Odds and Betting Picks

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UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez Main Event Odds and Betting Picks
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be a very entertaining UFC flyweight title fight between reigning champion Deiveson Figueiredo and Alex Perez. Here’s a complete preview, including updated odds and our betting pick.

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alex Perez

Saturday, November 21, 2020 – 09:35 PM EST at the UFC Apex

In the main event of the evening, Deiveson Figueiredo defends his UFC flyweight title against Alex Perez. UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. There will not be fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, let’s attempt to find some value for our UFC picks on Saturday’s main event.

Deiveson Figueiredo

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Deiveson Figueiredo was born in a small city of Soure, Para, Brazil. As a kid, Figueiredo helped his father at their animal farm until he was 13 years old. He then moved to Belem and started training capoeira in high school. At age 16, he met Luri Marajo and started his MMA training.

Figueiredo made his professional debut in 2011 and most of his fights were in Brazil. He went 11-0 before signing with the UFC. His UFC debut was against Marco Beltran at UFC 220 on June 3rd, 2017. He won via TKO by corner stoppage after the second round. The current UFC flyweight champion has wins against John Moraga, Alexandre Pantoja, Tim Elliott and Joseph Benavidez. Overall he is 8-1 in the UFC.

  • Born: December 18th, 1987
  • Age: 32
  • Country: Brazil
  • Height: 5’5″
  • Weight: 125 lbs
  • Reach: 68″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Figueiredo Team
  • Class: Flyweight
  • Record: 19-1

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
9 wins by KO/TKO2.80 Landed50% Accuracy
7 wins by Submission2.81 Absorbed61% Defended
3 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • UFC flyweight champion
  • Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Well-rounded fighter
  • Big power
  • Aggressive striker

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Cardio

Alex Perez

Introduction, Background and UFC Career

Alex Perez will become the first 'Dana White Contender Series' alumni to challenge for a world title in the UFC. Perez will make even more history if he wins, as he would be the first UFC champion who joined the company's roster through White's television show. It's easier said than done though! Born and raised in California, Perez began wrestling when he was just 11 years old. He was an All-American in college and that success was the start of his journey in MMA. The transition began at age 19 when he took his first professional fight.

The 28-year-old has a 24-5 career record and he's 6-1 in the UFC, including three straight wins. He last fought at UFC 250 on June 6th, beating Jussier Formiga via TKO in the first round. Cody Garbrandt was going to challenge Figueiredo but a torn bicep forced him to pull out of the fight. Perez stepped up to replace him and he aims to make the most out of this opportunity.

  • Born: March 21st, 1992
  • Age: 28
  • Country: United States
  • Height: 5’6″
  • Weight: 125 lbs
  • Reach: 65″
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Association: Team Oyama
  • Class: Flyweight
  • Record: 24-5

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
5 wins by KO/TKO4.68 Landed50% Accuracy
7 wins by Submission3.10 Absorbed87% Defended
12 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Standout wrestler
  • Can stay long and land hard in clinches
  • His submission defense has improved
  • Has won his last three fights

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Lacks experience against top opponents

Prediction

Figueiredo beat Joseph Benavidez twice and Benavidez handed Perez his only loss in the UFC by knocking him out in the first round at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale on November 30th, 2018. We are not using this information to predict the outcome of Saturday's fight but it's worth pointing it out. Also keep in mind that Figueiredo was even more dominant in his second fight against Benavidez.

The UFC flyweight champion is a dangerous submission threat with scary knockout power. It's not hard to see why the UFC odds favor him heavily. Figueiredo's only loss in the UFC came against Jussier Formiga… who just lost to Perez via TKO at UFC 250 on June 6th. Again… it's just information. Perez has to force his pace and tire Figueiredo out. Scrambling on the ground to avoid a quick submission and pushing the pace standing are musts and his wrestling cardio gives him an edge if this fight reaches the championship rounds.

My Pick: Alex Perez +245 at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Alex Perez +245
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