Deiveson Figueiredo has won a UFC championship already, and in the process, the flyweight champion could have saved an entire division. In the main event of UFC 255, the tough Brazilian will make his first defense of his belt on Saturday against fourth-placed contender Alex Perez. 10 p.m. is scheduled for the main UFC 255 battle card. ET from Las Vegas’s Apex facility. The featherweight division was so low on viable candidates not long ago that UFC president Dana White publicly deemed the weight class to be abolished for good.
The emergence of young stars like Figueiredo and Perez, however has forced White to postpone those plans as he watches the ranks filled by multiple world-class fighters. Figueiredo is a favorite of -300 (risk $300 to win $100), while Perez is an underdog of +250 in William Hill Sportsbook’s latest UFC 255 odds.
Women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (-1,450) defended her belt against third-ranking Jennifer Maia (+850) in the co-main event. Make sure that you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say given the epic run he’s on before making any UFC 255 choices.
Marley won the MMAOddsBreaker-sponsored first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest and appears frequently on numerous MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. For each professional MMA card, he watches every single fight and does thorough research before each event.
Over the past 21 months, more than $21,000 has been raised by $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks. In 2020, the accomplished MMA analyst was on a memorable tear as he hit 24 of his last UFC 32 main-event selections, a stretch that included a five-straight underdog streak. Marley advised SportsLine representatives last week at UFC Fight Night to back Ashley Yoder (+110) versus Miranda Granger (-130) in a women’s strawweight battle on the main card. In order to win a lopsided unanimous decision and send Marley’s supporters another easy winner, Yoder dominated the action. Anyone who has followed him on a regular basis is way up.
Now, Marley has carefully researched every matchup on the card with UFC 255 fast approaching, found the best value in the UFC odds, and released his MMA picks for every fight. Only here are those choices available.
Marley knows that the main event provides Figueiredo (19-1) with a platform to show he’s one of the UFC’s most talented fighters. There are many analysts who claim that in years to come, the Brazilian may be the dominant champion. Nevertheless, widespread recognition has been slow to come his way in his career to this point.
In part, this is because the lower weight divisions of men appear to attract less natural interest than their heavier counterparts. In addition, with his second-round stoppage win over Benavidez in February at their first meeting, Figueiredo, 32, did not gain many new followers.
Five months later, they met again and Figueiredo left no doubt. In the first round, he gained weight and finished with Benavidez to capture the crown and give UFC followers no choice but to value his skill set.
Although more media attention may have been created by a fight against Cody Garbrandt, the glamorous and brash former titleholder, Perez (24-5) is likewise a world-class fighter who arguably has yet to receive his due.
The 28-year-old Californian, facing a steady diet of top-notch competition, has won six of his seven appearances under the UFC banner. His sole loss came against Benavidez, who remains the top-ranking challenger in the group.
This year, Perez fought twice, and none of his adversaries made it out of the first round. Jussier Formiga, who has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the division, is coming off a rare leg-kick stop in June.
UFC 255 odds
Deiveson Figueiredo (-300) vs. Alex Perez (+250)
Valentina Shevchenko (-1,450) vs. Jennifer Maia (+850)
Mike Perry (-145) vs. Tim Means (+125)
Cynthia Calvillo (-240) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (+200)
Paul Craig (-165) vs. Mauricio Rua (+145)
Brandon Moreno (-185) vs. Brandon Royval (+165)
Joaquin Buckley (-260) vs. Jordan Wright (+220)
Antonina Shevchenko (-160) vs. Ariane Lipski (+140)
Daniel Rodriguez (-330) vs. Nicolas Dalby (+260)
Alan Jouban (-130) vs. Jared Gooden (+110)
Kyle Daukaus (-270) vs. Dustin Stoltzfus (+230)
Louis Cosce (-400) vs. Sasha Palatnikov (+320)