My best bets for UFC 255


UFC 255 from the Las Vegas Apex Center is one of five events remaining on the organization’s 2020 docket. This card features several fights worthy of potential investment, so I’ll take an abbreviated look at a handful of matchups.

Last week’s parlay release of Abdul Razak Alhassan <1.0u> was another poor move on my part. I anticipate no chalk parlays as we close out the year. Sean Strickland ended up closing + 110 and KO’d the game yet callow Brendan Allen, which offset the Alhassan debacle. The Eryk Anders-Antonio Arroyo fight was canceled after weigh-ins, so there was no play there.

2020 Insight the Octagon: 36-26 + 17.62u.

Deiveson Figueiredo -300 vs. Alex Perez + 250, flyweight (125 pounds), championship

Several dominant champions are spread through the 12 weight classes in the UFC, and any discussion of dominance must include flyweight champ Figueiredo.

What sets him apart from others in his division is his massive size — especially on fight night, when he competes at + /-153 pounds — his extreme athleticism, his precision timing and striking and his abundant power. Figueiredo works best by aggressively walking opponents down, then battering them.

If he has an Achilles’ heel, however, it would be his lack of a ground game.

In most battles, opponents are not determined, skilled or conditioned enough to work their way through the punishment incurred striving to gain inside position on Figueiredo. But the way to compete with him is in fact to close distance on him and wrestle him up, just as Jussier Formiga did in March when he beat Figueiredo by decision. However, Figueiredo has had time to address this shortcoming and couple it with his size, which translates into a formidable takedown defense.

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