UFC 255 RESULT – Figueiredo beats Perez and Shevchenko retains flyweight title – LIVE REACTION – The Sun

DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO stopped Alex Perez with a guillotine choke in the first round at UFC 255 on Saturday night, defending his men's flyweight championship for the first time.

Valentina Shevchenko defended the UFC women's flyweight title with a surprisingly difficult unanimous decision over Jennifer Maia at the UFC Apex gym on the promotions corporate campus in its hometown.

Figueiredo (20-1) earned his record-tying seventh stoppage victory in the 125-pound division by clamping onto Perez's neck out of a scramble at 1min 57sec in the opening round.

Perez (24-6) had nearly taken Figueiredo's back an instant before the Brazilian champion turned the tables and finished the fight with the flair and skill that have made him a rising mixed martial arts star.

Shevchenko (20-3) earned her sixth consecutive victory as a UFC flyweight and her fourth title defence, but the dominant champ had to work much harder than almost everyone expected.

See how it all unfolded, below…

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex Perez – UFC Flyweight title

    After retaining his title, Figueiredo, 32, said: “We changed our stance because he never saw me kick un previous fights.

    “But I knew I could kick him, he just didn't have it on film.

    “I want to face Brandon Moreno, Dana make this happen. That's the fight that I want to happen.”

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex Perez – UFC Flyweight title

    Here is how the champ retained his title.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex Perez – UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 1

    AND IT'S OVER!

    Figueiredo finishes the fight with a guillotine choke.

    Perez shot for the takedown but Figueiredo countered by locking in the choke to retain his title.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex Perez – UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 1

    Perez and Figueiredo both throwing heavy body kicks early.

    Challenger Perez lands a takedown but Figueiredo looks for a guillotine early!

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex Perez – UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 1

    Here we go! Main-event…

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    UP NEXT: Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex Perez – UFC Flyweight title

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

    All three judges score it 4-1 in favour of Shevchenko – who retains her belt!

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 5

    Big left hand lands for Shevchenko and backs the challenger up against the cage.

    Maia's nose is bloodied having shipped some real punishment in the second half of the fight.

    Comprehensive final round for the champion who should see it out on points.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 4

    Another solid round for the champion who appears up on the scorecards heading into the final round.

    The talking point has been her willingness to grapple despite her vast advantage in the striking.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 4

    Beautiful striking from Shevchenko who lands and then moves out – wonderful movement.

    Again Shevchenko takes the fight to the floorunusual tactics for the multiple time Muay Thai champion.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 3

    Better round for Shevchenko who landed some nice punches and kicks as well as two takedowns.

    Recovered after losing the second.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 3

    Shevchenko comes out popping out the jab as she manages to control the striking range.

    Maia needs to find a way to set up grappling exchanges.

    Big left lands for the champion who takes Maia down – beautiful move.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 2

    Another takedown lands for Shevchenko but Maia pops right back up.

    She takes the champion to the cage.

    Maia now lands a takedown on the champion – strong round for the challenger.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 1

    Uneventful opening round with both of the floor for the first five minutes.

    Clearly not the champion Shevchenko's game.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

    ROUND 1

    Both trade in the early stages but Shevchenko – a kickboxing expert – takes the fight to the floor.

    Maia very defensive on the floor gripping the champion tightly and not giving anything away.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    UP NEXT: Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia – Women’s UFC Flyweight title

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Mike Perry vs Tim Means – Welterweight

    Judges score the fight unanimously in favour of Means!

    As Perry came in overweight, Means will inherit 30 per cent of his purse.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Mike Perry vs Tim Means – Welterweight

    Massive end to the fight as Perry rallies but Means had the better of the session.

    Both men bleeding after what was three thrilling rounds as we go the scorecards.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Mike Perry vs Tim Means – Welterweight

    ROUND 3

    Perry initiates the grappling exchanges but Means lands a right hand on the break.

    Means landing nice counters, Perry is bloodied up.

    Trade off here in the centre of the cage, both men swinging and landing! All out action in the final round.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Mike Perry vs Tim Means – Welterweight

    ROUND 2

    Means looking relaxed in his striking here landing with a nice jab down the middle.

    Perry swings wildly and Means gets out of the way.

    Now Perry lands a big shot over the top but Means covers up well.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    Mike Perry vs Tim Means – Welterweight

    ROUND 1

    Perry lands a takedown early and looks to manoeuvre into a submission.

    He's got a tight choke hold in against the cage but Means defends well.

    Perry ends the round on top and will look to carry that into round two.

  • Jack Figg

    UFC 255

    UP NEXT: Mike Perry vs Tim Means – Welterweight

  • Daniel Cutts

    UFC 255

    Kaylyn Chookagian vs Cynthia Calvillo – Flyweight

    All three scorecards 30-27 to Chookagian.

    Calvillo disappointing. Solid performance by Kaylyn.

    We move on!

  • Daniel Cutts

    UFC 255

    Kaylyn Chookagian vs Cynthia Calvillo – Flyweight

    ROUND THREE

    Calvillo comes into the third with a bit more authority. She tries to close the distance.

    Chookagian still the better striker throughout.

    She lands the last punch of the fight, and I've got her winning on the scorecards.

    They're on the way now!

  • Daniel Cutts

    UFC 255

    Kaylyn Chookagian vs Cynthia Calvillo – Flyweight

    ROUND TWO

    Chookagian again landing the better of the strikes. Keeping her rival at range with punches and kicks.

    Calvillo starts to dab at bleeding and swelling around her face, she's getting beaten up.

    Another round to her. Clinic so far!

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