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UFC 255 Odds: Will The Flyweights Have New Champs?

The UFC 255 card presents the two flyweight divisions as headliners, as both Valentina Shevchenko and Deiveson Figueiredo will defend their 125-pound crowns on the co-main and main event this Saturday, November 21 at UFC's Apex in Las Vegas.

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While this is Figueiredo's first title defense, he's been on a path of destruction in the flyweight division. His 19-1 record with 16 stoppages make him one of the most feared flyweights since Demetrious Johnson. They don't call you 'God of War' for nothing.

As for Valentina Shevchenko, she captured the strap nearly two years ago, defeating all-time great Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Shevchenko is a dominant champion, she is flawless and an absolute machine when the cages close.

Alex Perez and Jennifer Maia are the challengers for this event and want to leave UFC's Apex wearing gold around their waist. Perez rides a hot win-streak and has won 11 of his last 12. For Maia, she has won three of the previous four.

Challengers have come and gone, but the flyweights have stayed strong at the top. Now, with the 125-pound division grabbing all the spotlights, it's time to review how much danger the current champions face at UFC 255.

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UFC 255 Odds and Fight Previews

Valentina Shevchenko

Level of danger: 4/10 

Odds: Shevchenko -1412 vs. Maia +862

Valentina Shevchenko is as good as an MMA fighter can be. It's plain and simple. She is 19-3, and her only losses have come to legends as Liz Carmouche and Amanda Nunes twice.

Now, she avenged the Carmouche loss in a title defense back in 2019, and her last loss to Amanda Nunes was by split decision, so close that people crave for a trilogy.

Shevchenko has 13 finishes, six via KO, and seven by submission. She can win from any spot or position in the octagon, her domination is undeniable. She has too much power, precision, and an all-around game.

Maia lost her second-to-last bout but came in strong and got an incredible win by first-round submission in her most recent fight vs. the dangerous Joanne Calderwood.

Maia has a record of 18-6-1, with nine stoppages. Her style comes from a mix of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Boxing. Don't get me wrong, Maia is an elite martial artist, but there are levels to this, and Shevchenko is as polished as they come.

Barring an incredible upset, and I mean an unbelievable one, Shevchenko should retain.

Deiveson Figueiredo

Level of danger: 6/10 

Odds: Figueiredo -310 vs. Pérez +862

Let's not get it twisted; Figueiredo is a bad, bad man. The 'God of War' is 19-1 and has 16 finishes. He is a certified killer. Figueiredo comes off two devastating wins vs. legend Joseph Benavidez. Not only that, but Figueiredo has devastating power for 125. One punch is enough for him to cut the night short. Fighters aren't paid by the hour, and Figueiredo knows it.

Also, if you want to grapple with him, he has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and boy, has he done stuff no one has. He put Benavidez to sleep with a rear-naked choke, no one ever submitted Benavidez, and Figueiredo did it with no trouble.

However, Pérez is no walk in the park. The Dana White Contender Series' alumn is 24-5, riding on a three-fight win streak, including one against Jussier Formiga, the one in 19-1 for Figueiredo.

Pérez is a high-level wrestler and Jiu-Jitsu practitioner but can stand up with good boxing. Pérez has finished 12 of his 24 wins, his cardio is outstanding, and his intensity is unrivaled.

However, Figueiredo's punching power and high IQ in the octagon is outstanding. He understands how to move in the cage, cut distance, and doesn't throw haymakers, he throws with precision and the absolute will to knock you out with every single punch set up perfectly.

Bear in mind Pérez wasn't even supposed to challenge for the title, but Cody Garbrandt got injured, and Pérez was the second in line. The reality is there are not many challenges for Figueiredo left in the flyweight division, but Pérez is as tough as they come, and the champ can't take him lightly.


Indeed, both champions are favorites, and there's a reason for it. Both are dominant fighters and have no reason not to be favored for this week.

Both should retain, both should be able to strike finishes, but the octagon is quite the place for upsets to happen. Maia and Pérez are both great fighters, but there are levels to this. The elite is above the rest, and the champs will surely look to prevail with a strap around their waist at the end of the night.

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