Deiveson Figueiredo retained his flyweight championship with style points to spare as he choked out Alex Perez in the first round. ‘Deus da Guerra’ is clearly a dangerous foe for all 125-pounders, and he’ll be looking to climb the all-time best list. What’s more, the Brazilian made a well-rounded fighter like Alex Perez look like an easy night at the office.
Perez started off with a few leg kicks, but those were his only significant moments of success. Deiveson caught Perez’s leg and strung him along inside the octagon. It didn’t take long for Figueiredo to sink in his patented Guillotine choke and get a quick and easy tap from his opponent.
UNDER TWO MINUTES.
— UFC (@ufc) November 22, 2020
The flyweight division as it stands has a crop of dangerous contenders who have emerged from the woodwork. Chiefly, this is more impressive considering that the 125-pound division was almost wiped out not too long ago. Furthermore, Figueiredo has several interesting components to his overall persona apart from being a savage in the cage.
He’s been able to garner attention with his swagger, and fans are firmly behind the UFC’s flyweight champion. Additionally, he’s looking down the barrel of a quick turnaround against Brandon Moreno, who also won on the UFC 255 card.
The long-time company boss Dana White is standing behind the idea of having Deiveson defend his belt as early as December. There are certainly interesting things lined up for the 32-year-old.
Twitter reacts to Deiveson Figueiredo’s dominant title defense at UFC 255
The stars were out in a massive way and it seems as though Figueiredo’s reign at 125-pounds is here to stay. But, former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo doesn’t see things that way.
I’m the king of brazil @Daico_Deiveson porra! 🇧🇷
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) November 22, 2020
Several prominent members in the MMA community had plenty to say about the dominance that ‘Deus de Guerra‘ showed. There’s no doubt that he’ll be a massive star should he continue on his upward trajectory. Moreover, he’s breaking down the stigma that 125-pound fighters are boring.
Figueiredo wins via first-round guillotine. Two or so minutes. Unbelievable.
Is he the 2020 male fighter of the year? You could make a very strong case.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 22, 2020
Man he can do it all
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) November 22, 2020
Dude, Deiveson Figueiredo is as legit as they come. This dude is out there HUNTING his opponents. Throwing heat. So strong, so quick. Alex Perez is a good wrestler, and Deiveson scrambled, locked in that guillotine no problem. Wow. Incredible.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 22, 2020
Deiveson Figueiredo and Khabib Nurmagomedov have both won two title fights by submission in the last 14 months.
No other champion has won even 1. #UFC255
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) November 22, 2020
Demetrious Johnson spearheaded the men’s flyweight division for several years, and he built a powerful legacy. It seems as though with some time and worthy adversaries, Deiveson Figueiredo has the tools to match ‘Mighty Mouse’. Fighters in the flyweight division will certainly take notice of the gold standard in the division.
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