Men's flyweight champ retains UFC belt with quick submission

Deiveson Figueiredo’s first UFC identify protection was once fast and a hit.

At UFC 255 on Saturday, UFC flyweight champion Figueiredo (20-1 MMA, Nine-1 UFC) submitted Alex Perez via guillotine choke at 1:57 of Spherical 1.

Early on, Figueiredo and Perez (24-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) exchanged laborious moves at the toes. When Perez stuck a Figueiredo kick, the champion pulled for a leg submission. When Perez attempted to pounce on his downed opponent, he rolled proper into Figueiredo’s guard and was once hastily choked out.

In his first identify protection, Figueiredo prolonged his profitable streak to 5. Over the span of his 10 UFC fights, Figueiredo has picked up seven finishes, together with a  title-clinching submission of Joseph Benavidez in a fit for the vacant belt on July 19.

With the loss, Perez had his three-fight profitable streak snapped. His simplest different promotional loss got here to four-time UFC identify challenger Benavidez in November 2018.

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Perez was not Figueiredo’s originally scheduled opponent. Figueiredo was booked to fight former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. However, Garbrandt pulled out of the fight in October due to health issues.

The flyweight title bout was the UFC 255 main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2/ESPN+.

Complete UFC 255 results:

  • Deiveson Figueiredo def. Alex Perez via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:57
  • Valentina Shevchenko def. Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
  • Tim Means def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Katlyn Chookagian def. Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Paul Craig def. Mauricio Rua via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 3:36
  • Brandon Moreno def. Brandon Royval via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:59
  • Joaquin Buckley def. Jordan Wright via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:18
  • Antonina Shevchenko def. Ariane Lipski via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:33
  • Nicolas Dalby def. Daniel Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Alan Jouban def. Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Kyle Daukaus def. Dustin Stoltzfus via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Sasha Palatnikov def. Louis Cosce via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:27

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