The subsequent main MMA occasion takes place on Saturday night time, with UFC 255 reside from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The most important occasion options Deiveson Figueiredo defending the flyweight championship in opposition to No. 4-ranked Alex Perez. The co-main occasion has Valentina Shevchenko placing her ladies’s flyweight belt on the road vs. No. 3-ranked Jennifer Maia.
As at all times with a serious PPV occasion, there are definitely loads of bets to be made. Let’s check out a few of them.
UFC 254 odds for Figueiredo vs. Perez
Deiveson Figueiredo: -313
Alex Perez: +250
(All odds by way of BetMGM)
BetMGM has Figueiredo put in as a major favourite — as of Friday, he is available in at -313, which means you’d must wager $313 to win $100. Meanwhile, Perez is a +250, which means in case you pluck down $100 you’d win $250.
Figueiredo (19-1) captured the vacant belt, plowing by Joseph Benavidez for the second time to win by first-round submission and take his first world title on the finish of July. The Brazilian is 8-1 within the UFC, with six of these coming by way of stoppage. Perez (24-5) entered the UFC by the Dana White’s Contender Series. He has made probably the most of his alternative by going 6-1 with 4 of these victories by way of stoppage.
On paper and searching on the odds, it might seem Figueiredo wins in a rout. But there may be one issue that comes into play, which may assist Perez spring the upset.
Since Perez began within the UFC, he has proven a knack for ending issues off on the ft or the bottom. No one has outstruck Figueiredo, however he’s susceptible on the bottom — in his solely UFC defeat in opposition to Jussier Formiga, he was outgrappled on the mat. Add in the truth that Perez has seven profession wins (three within the UFC) by submission, and now you may have a aggressive struggle if it reaches the canvas.
The key phrase in that sentence is “if.” Figueiredo isn’t any slouch along with his floor recreation, as he tapped out Benavidez after dropping him to arrange the choke, and Perez has been submitted 3 times in his profession.
The expectation is Figueiredo wins by knockout. He possesses the heavier arms, and his placing is extra outlined. Perez has a shot, however he must get issues on the bottom early, so Figueiredo does not get sweaty and is more durable to grip.
Figueiredo will be capable of stuff any takedown makes an attempt from Perez and batter him to the purpose to the place he stops him on the ft and efficiently defends the 125-pound title for the primary time inside the first 5 minutes and notch a first-round victory for the third time in 4 fights.
Figueiredo vs. Perez prediction
- Muehlhausen decide: Deiveson Figueiredo
- Best odds: Deiveson Figueiredo to win within the first spherical, +190
More Figueiredo vs. Perez odds
Total quantity or rounds: over/underneath
- Over 1.5: -139
- Under 1.5: +115
Will the struggle go the gap?
Method of victory
- Figueiredo by KO/TKO/DQ or submission: -193
- Figueiredo by resolution: +630
- Tie/technical tie: +5000
- Perez by KO/TKO/DQ or submission: +430
- Perez by resolution: +700
Shevchenko vs. Maia odds
These are the second greatest odds for a championship struggle since UFC 193 in November 2015 when Holly Holm scored the monumental knockout over Ronda Rousey. Can historical past repeat itself?
If you’re looking at their respective resumes, there isn’t any manner Maia has an opportunity, and it ought to be a blowout win for Shevchenko. You by no means need to say a fighter has no probability — however that appears to be the case except Shevchenko slips on a banana peel on her ring stroll or contained in the Octagon.
After dropping a break up resolution to present twin champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215, Shevchenko (19-3) has gone on an absolute tear, dominantly successful 5 consecutive bouts with three of these victories coming inside the gap. In her final day out, Shevchenko destroyed Katlyn Chookagian by way of third-round TKO at UFC 247 to defend her championship for the third time. Out of her 19 profession wins, Shevchenko has received 13 fights (six by KO, seven by way of submission) inside the gap, together with two of her final three.
Maia (18-6) earned her first UFC title shot by successful three of her final 4, together with a first-round submission of Joanne Calderwood originally of August. Half of her wins have come by stoppage (4 by knockout, 5 by submission).
After Nunes, Shevchenko is the second-best feminine fighter on the planet. Maia can win, however she must be excellent for nearly each second. It’s a matter of when not if Shevchenko wins. A wager to maintain you is the struggle ending within the second spherical. Since she moved to 125 kilos, two of Shevchenko’s 5 wins have come on this spherical.
Shevchenko vs. Maia prediction
- Muehlhausen decide: Valentina Shevchenko
- Best odds: Valentina Shevchenko to win within the second spherical, +450