Venue: UFC APEX, City: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:00 PM ET
UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on November 21, 2020, at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
A UFC Flyweight Championship bout between current champion Deiveson Figueiredo and former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt was expected to serve as the event headliner. However on October 2, it was announced that Garbrandt pulled out due to a torn bicep and was replaced by Alex Perez, who was already scheduled to face Brandon Moreno at the event. Moreno is now expected to face Brandon Royval.
A UFC Women's Flyweight Championship bout between current champion Valentina Shevchenko and Jennifer Maia is expected to co-headline the event.
John Allan Arte and Roman Dolidze were originally scheduled to meet at this event in a light heavyweight bout. They were eventually rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 185 in December.
Figueiredo (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) became the first man to submit Joseph Benavidez in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 30 in July as he captured the UFC flyweight title at the second attempt after he failed to make weight for their first meeting.
But Perez has been on a roll himself, having won three straight, including back-to-back finishes of Jordan Espinosa and Jussier Formiga. Figueiredo may pack plenty of power, but Perez isn’t planning on backing down and says he wants to meet Figueiredo in the middle of the octagon.
“Everybody in the top five, top 10 can be beaten in any day, but I just feel like I bring the pressure,” Perez told MMA Junkie. “I bring the size for flyweight. I’m a big flyweight. I bring the size, I bring the pressure, I bring the wrestling and the cardio, so I feel like we match up well. It’s going to be a great fight. People are counting it out because Cody’s out, but I feel like we’re going to steal the show.
Official Fight Card
|Flyweight||Deiveson Figueiredo (c)||vs.||Alex Perez||Submission (guillotine choke)||1||1:57|
|Women's Flyweight||Valentina Shevchenko (c)||vs.||Jennifer Maia||Decision (unanimous) (49–46, 49–46, 49–46)||5||5:00|
|Catchweight (175.5 lb)||Tim Means||vs.||Mike Perry||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Women's Flyweight||Katlyn Chookagian||vs.||Cynthia Calvillo||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Paul Craig||vs.||Maurício Rua||TKO (submission to punches)||2||3:36|
|Flyweight||Brandon Moreno||vs.||Brandon Royval||TKO (punches)||1||4:59|
|Middleweight||Joaquin Buckley||vs.||Jordan Wright||KO (punches)||2||0:18|
|Women's Flyweight||Antonina Shevchenko||vs.||Ariane Lipski||TKO (punches)||2||4:33|
|Welterweight||Nicolas Dalby||vs.||Daniel Rodriguez||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Early preliminary card|
|Welterweight||Alan Jouban||vs.||Jared Gooden||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Kyle Daukaus||vs.||Dustin Stoltzfus||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–26)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Sasha Palatnikov||vs.||Louis Cosce||TKO (punches)||3||2:27|
UFC 254 Card and Results
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Alex Perez via sub (guillotine) (R1, 1:57)
Valentina Shevchenko def. Jennifer Maia via UD / Highlights
Tim Means def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision
Katlyn Chookagian def. Cynthia Calvillo via UD (30-27 x3)
Paul Craig def. Mauricio Rua via second-round TKO (3:36)
Brandon Moreno def. Brandon Royval via first-round TKO (4:59)
Joaquin Buckley def. Jordan Wright via second-round KO (0:18)
Antonina Shevchenko def. Ariane Lipski via second-round TKO (4:33)
Nicolas Dalby def. Daniel Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28x 2)
Alan Jouban def. Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Kyle Daukaus def. Dustin Stoltzfus via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Sasha Palatnikov def. Louis Cosce via third-round TKO (2:47)
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.