We are inside hours of the flyweight showcase that is UFC 255. Two flyweight title fights will choose location at the spend per see, with equally the men’s and women’s champions defending their championship. In the situation of the men’s winner, Deiveson Figueiredo, this will mark his initial title protection. As for Shevchenko, she will look to continue on her reign of terror with Jennifer Maia staying the latest casualty of Shevchenko’s massacre of her fellow flyweights.
The kick-off time for the pay per look at is 10 PM ET, with the Battle Go prelims kicking off at 3:30 and the ESPN+ prelims starting up at 5:00 PM ET. The UFC Apex will play host to this card.
You can watch the complete key card under:
- UFC Flyweight Championship Bout: Deiveson Figueiredo © vs. Alex Perez
- UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship Bout: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jennifer Maia
- Mike Perry vs. Tim Means
- Katlyn Chookagian vs. Cynthia Calvillo
- Mauricio Rua vs. Paul Craig
MMA News is the area to be for all the latest UFC 255 updates. Earlier currently, we protected the weigh-ins, which you can see the results for here. Myself, Ed Carbajal, and Andrew Ravens have delivered predictions for the card, which you can uncover below.
Mauricio Rua vs. Paul Craig
Clyde Aidoo: The reality that this struggle was a attract the first time all around speaks to how shut this struggle is. Shogun is an additional year more mature, but he also has a further get under his belt just after narrowly defeating a further legend in Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for a 3rd time. Paul Craig is one of the savviest submission artists in the recreation, but Rua’s experience need to be adequate to counteract Craig’s ways and stay clear of receiving concluded again. I’m heading to go with Rua to eke out the acquire, as it is tricky for Craig to get choice victories, and I do not imagine he will complete Shogun Rua. (Prediction: Paul Craig)
Andrew Ravens: On paper, this could be a remarkably excellent combat just like their prior come across. They fought for the very first time in 2019 and went to a break up attract. Considering that that time, they’ve both fought once and scored victories. I actually imagined Craig gained the 1st combat and I feel he’ll make a assertion in this one particular by having a unanimous final decision win. (Prediction: Paul Craig)
Ed Carbazel: This initial fight of the most important card is a rematch. The two fought to a attract toward the stop of 2019, so their small business will be settled at UFC 255. Rua’s practical experience is almost double Craig’s, but they fought to a attract past time. The factor with encounter is that it comes with age, and MMA is a younger man’s sport. Whilst it is only 6 years distinction, in MMA, all those years are more difficult on the older fighter. It would be nice to see Rua get, but Craig owning crossed swords with “Shogun” right before usually means he may know how to defeat him now. (Prediction: Paul Craig)
Consensus: 2-1, Paul Craig
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Clyde Aidoo: Cynthia Calvillo set the flyweight division on detect with her unanimous choice over Jessica Eye, and I think she will enter this bout with more self confidence and additional momentum. Chookagian ought to have the benefit on the toes, with her remarkable motion and arrive at, but even nevertheless her takedown protection and in general floor match have proven development, I continue to believe that the mat is Calvillo’s path to victory and that a well timed takedown or two will possibly earn her a combat-selecting round or she will earn her fourth submission win in the UFC. It should be famous that Calvillo’s only loss is to just one of the most effective wrestlers in the division, Carla Esparza, so whenever Calvillo has experienced the grappling benefit, she is but to lose. (Prediction: Cynthia Calvillo)
Andrew Ravens: These two fighters enter on the entire opposite of just about every other, as Katlyn has been in wrestle city and on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs even though Calvillo must be on a four-combat winning streak if it weren’t for a vast majority attract determination. I’ll consider Calvillo receiving it carried out by unanimous final decision. (Prediction: Cynthia Calvillo)
Ed Carbazel: Chookagian is 1-2 in her previous 3 fights. 1 of those people losses was to the recent champ, in Shevchenko but she manages to keep coming for the title in 2020. This is her fourth fight this calendar year and with the loss towards Andrade not that very long back she most likely is hunting to bounce back, but there could be some burn out lingering. Calvillo is a bit fresher and considering the fact that she was meant to compete in opposition to Lauren Murphy in Oct but withdrew, she may well be the sharper fighter in this match. (Prediction: Cynthia Calvillo)
Consensus: 3-, Cynthia Calvillo
Tim Means vs. Mike Perry
Clyde Aidoo: Tim Means is the superior specialized striker in this matchup. Mike Perry’s arms are down just adequate for Tim Indicates to pot shot for the entirety of the fight a la Max Griffin. Perry’s design and facial area are just tailor built for a Tim Means jab. It’s hard for me to see Perry outpointing Implies or winning the battle on the mat (which is truly perhaps his greatest path to victory IMO), so a KO will likely be what he ends up heading for. The issue with this is that Perry has not experienced a knockout because 2017 and Signifies has only been KO’d twice in his 44 fights, so I gotta go with Means below.
Andrew Ravens: This must be a pleasurable battle. Certainly, you can glimpse at their data and it is a blended bag. Perry is 1-2 in his past a few outings when Signifies is in the exact same boat. Both way, these fellas are likely to carry a fistfight to the Octagon, and I acquired a emotion another person is getting knocked out. I’ll side with Perry here receiving it performed by TKO in the 3rd spherical. (Prediction: Mike Perry)
Ed Carbazel: Implies is the senior man in this match up, both in the activity and in age, but he is still another late substitute on this card. Perry was meant to face Robbie Lawler who was removed from the card because of to damage. Continue to, Perry seems to be coaching himself still and while that worked out nicely in opposition to Mickey Gall last June, self-instruction does not function for extended. This combat may perhaps be extra even than people consider, and Means’s working experience may well be what earns him a win. (Prediction: Tim Usually means)
Consensus: 2-1, Tim Indicates
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jennifer Maia
Clyde Aidoo: Let’s just say Valentina Shevchenko is a -1700 preferred for a purpose, and it has almost nothing to do with buzz. Shevchenko is arguably the very best combination of careful and lethal in all of MMA regardless of gender, and her properly-rounded skillset is bullet proof, pun semi-supposed, so in my impression, this effortlessly would be the biggest upset in WMMA record if Maia will get the win. The only path I see for Maia is a submission get, as Maia does have a black belt in jiu-jitsu and is coming off a extremely remarkable submission victory around Joanne Calderwood to seize #1 contendership, but I do not imagine she has the wrestling capability to productively choose Shevchenko down, nor do I see Shevchenko obtaining any rationale to initiate any grappling exchanges. I’m expecting one more lopsided earn for Shevchenko, and if you assume otherwise, I encourage you to try out cashing in on the +800 underdog.
Andrew Ravens: It is likely to be really hard to obtain men and women who believe Maia has a possibility here. We all know what Valentina brings to the Octagon so let us choose a seem at Maia. She’s 3-1 in her very last 4 but has long gone 1-1 in her very last two fights. She’s also skipped pounds again-to-back again occasions during her previous 4 fights. We really should be nervous about her making fat even prior to she fights. I have Valentina’s finding it completed by third-round TKO. (Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko)
Ed Carbazel: Lots of of the lengthy-working champions in the UFC have seemed unbeatable with each title protection. She has already defended the belt a few occasions and would seem to enhance with each individual camp. Maia is a previous Invicta FC winner, and education out of Chute Boxe , she will convey the aggression and ability linked with the talent from that camp. 50 % of her wins are by conclusion, but of her six losses, 4 are also by decision. She’s tricky, but she could not deliver sufficient to the desk to beat a finisher like Shevchenko. (Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko)
Consensus: 3-, Valentina Shevchenko
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alex Perez
Clyde Aidoo: Alex Perez is certainly much much more dwell than Jennifer Maia, but like Shevchenko, I’m obtaining it complicated to bet towards the champ in this article. Not just any individual operates by Joseph Benavidez the way Figueiredo did to win this championship, and he did it not once but twice. With Figuereido becoming these an intense and highly effective striker at 125, it is simple to forget about the guy is also a black belt in jiu-jitsu. Perez is underrated, and an upset would not ground me, but I think his most effective path to victory is to choose Figuereido down and prevent the submission, but Figueiredo’s takedown protection has enhanced, he is risky on the floor, and there is generally the probability Figueredo knocks Perez out prior to he has a probability to use his wrestling. (Prediction: Deiveson Figueiredo)
Andrew Ravens: Mainly because Cody Garbrandt is out, some may well be sleeping on Perez listed here and which is a oversight. Yes, the champ appeared superb in his newest efficiency, but Perez has a possibility to give him a challenge. Perez has received his last a few outings with his very last two fights ending early. I have to side with Deiveson in this article, as I believe he requires command in the fourth and fifth rounds. Deiveson will get it completed by unanimous conclusion. (Prediction: Deiveson Figueiredo)
Ed Carbazel: Figueiredo may perhaps not have caught on with followers still as a legit champion simply because of the weigh-in challenge top to him eventually profitable the title. He experienced to fight and get versus Joseph Benavidez twice to be the champ given that he skipped fat by two kilos on the 1st try out. Perez profitable would make for a great tale coming from The Contender Series, but he is coming in on about a month’s observe from Figueiredo. It is not extremely previous minute, but for a five-round title battle, one month could not be adequate. (Prediction: Deiveson Figueiredo)
Consensus: 3-, Deiveson Figueiredo
That’ll do it for the UFC 255 predictions. Do you agree with the MMA Information staffers? Who do you feel will emerge victorious on the principal card? Give us your predictions in the feedback below and be sure to adhere with us for live protection of UFC 255!