Deiveson Figueiredo (@DeivesonDaico) ties Demetrious Johnson for most finishes in @UFC flyweight history with seven.— UFC News (@UFCNews) November 22, 2020
MOST FLYWEIGHT WINS - UFC History
13 - Demetrious Johnson
13 - Joseph Benavidez
09 - Deiveson Figueiredo
09 - Jussier Formiga
08 - John Moraga
08 - Dustin Ortiz pic.twitter.com/XrQjP4EGbd
Winning a world championship is one thing, but successfully defending that belt is what many people feel truly cements a fighter as a champion. For Deiveson Figueiredo, it took less than two minutes to score his first flyweight title defense as he submitted Alex Perez with a guillotine choke in the main event of UFC 255 from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.
Perez came out aggressive from the opening bell, attempting to pressure the champion with speed and powerful strikes. Figueiredo answered shot-for-shot on the feet before the two tangled up in a clinch along the cage. As the two men jockeyed for position in the clinch, Figueiredo spun for a leg lock, kicking off the scramble that would lead to the finish of the fight.
Perez avoided the leg lock, but in the chaos, stuck his head directly into position for a guillotine choke. Figueiredo was squeezing the choke when it appeared Perez was about to pop his head free. Instead, the challenger began to try to stand as Figueiredo clamped down on the choke, leaving Perez with no choice but to tap out at the 1:57 mark of the first round.
"I promised my master that I was going to do this," Perez said via interpreter after his victory. "I told him that this was what was going to happen and this was what I was going to do. So, I trained for this and it was exactly what happened."
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Figueiredo is just the third man in UFC history to hold the flyweight title, having won the then-vacant title in a fight with Joseph Benavidez earlier this year. He was originally set to face former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt on the card, but Garbrandt was forced out due to injury, opening the door for Perez to make his bid for the title.
On the preliminary card, top flyweight contender Brandon Moreno stopped Brandon Royval in the first round after Royval after a gruesome shoulder injury. Moreno, who already believed he should have been fighting for the title, all but solidified that status in the champion's eyes.
"I want to face Brandon Moreno. Dana, make this happen. That's the fight that I want to happen," Figueiredo said.
UFC president Dana White said that he wants to make the fight between Figueiredo and Moreno in December to capitalize on the short fights and limited damage they took on Saturday night.
With the victory, Figueiredo improved his winning streak to five fights, the three most recent of which he won by stoppage.
CBS Sports was with you the entire way on Saturday bringing you all the results and highlights from the card.
UFC 255 card and results
- Deiveson Figueiredo (c) def. Alex Perez via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
- Valentina Shevchenko (c) def. Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
- Tim Means def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Katlyn Chookagian def. Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Paul Craig def. Mauricio Rua via second-round TKO (strikes)
- Brandon Moreno def. Brandon Royval via first-round TKO (arm injury)
- Joaquin Buckley def. Jordan Wright via second-round TKO (punches)
- Antonina Shevchenko def. Ariane Lipski via second-round TKO (punches)
- Nicolas Dalby def. Daniel Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)