The subsequent main MMA occasion takes place on Saturday evening, with UFC 255 dwell from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

The principle occasion options Deiveson Figueiredo defending the flyweight championship towards No. 4-ranked Alex Perez. The co-main occasion has Valentina Shevchenko placing her girls’s flyweight belt on the road vs. No. 3-ranked Jennifer Maia.

As at all times with a significant PPV occasion, there are actually loads of bets to be made. Let’s check out a few of them. 

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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 big favourite — as of Friday, he is available in at -313, that means you’d have to guess $313 to win $100. In the meantime, Perez is a +250, that means when you pluck down $100 you’d win $250. 

Figueiredo (19-1) captured the vacant belt, plowing via 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 via the Dana White’s Contender Collection. 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. However there may be one issue that comes into play, which might assist Perez spring the upset.

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Since Perez began within the UFC, he has proven a knack for ending issues off on the ft or the bottom. Nobody has outstruck Figueiredo, however he’s weak on the bottom — in his solely UFC defeat towards 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’ll be able to have a aggressive combat if it reaches the canvas.

The key phrase in that sentence is “if.” Figueiredo isn’t any slouch along with his floor sport, 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 palms, and his placing is extra outlined. Perez has a shot, however he must get issues on the bottom early, so Figueiredo would not get sweaty and is tougher 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 throughout 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
  • Greatest odds: Deiveson Figueiredo to win within the first spherical, +190

Extra Figueiredo vs. Perez odds

Whole quantity or rounds: over/beneath

  • Over 1.5: -139
  • Beneath 1.5: +115

Will the combat go the gap?

Technique 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

Shevchenko: -1250
Maia: +750

These are the second greatest odds for a championship combat since UFC 193 in November 2015 when Holly Holm scored the monumental knockout over Ronda Rousey. Can historical past repeat itself?

If you’re taking a look at their respective resumes, there is not any approach Maia has an opportunity, and it ought to be a blowout win for Shevchenko. You by no means wish 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 shedding a break up resolution to present twin champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215, Shevchenko (19-3) has gone on an absolute tear, dominantly profitable 5 consecutive bouts with three of these victories coming inside the gap. In her final day trip, 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 gained 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 profitable three of her final 4, together with a first-round submission of Joanne Calderwood in the beginning 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 earth. Maia can win, however she must be good for nearly each second. It is a matter of when not if Shevchenko wins. A guess to maintain you is the combat 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
  • Greatest odds: Valentina Shevchenko to win within the second spherical, +450