20Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Two title fights headline the UFC's November pay-per-view event as the Octagon remains in its home base in Las Vegas as the flyweights take center stage.
UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo makes his first title defense of the 125-pound title when he welcomes the challenge of Alex Perez in the main event. Figueiredo defeated Joseph Benavidez to become the champion in July, and he was scheduled to defend against Cody Garbrandt, but he had to pull out due to injury. In steps Perez, winner of three straight fights and the first alumnus of the Contender Series to get a UFC title shot.
In the co-main event, UFC Women's Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko looks to continue her reign of dominance when she defends against Jennifer Maia. Shevchenko is coming off a successful title defense over Katlyn Chookagian in February, while Maia gets a title shot on the heels of a submission win over Joanne Calderwood in August.
Also on the main card is a welterweight bout with potential fireworks as Mike Perry battles Tim Means, a women's flyweight bout between Katlyn Chookagian and Cynthia Calvillo, and the opener sees Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua and Paul Craig square off in a rematch after they fought to a draw in their first fight one year ago.
Among the fights on the preliminary card is a potential flyweight title eliminator bout between Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval, and viral knockout sensation Joaquin Buckley looks to go viral again when he takes on Jordan Wright in a middleweight bout.
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> Louis Cosce (7-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. Sasha Palatnikov (5-2, 0-0 UFC)
Both men are making their UFC debut. Cosce was trying to get the fight down right away but Palatnikov defended. They were trading and Palatnikov got a takedown but Cosce had the neck and they stood. Cosce grabbed a foot off a kick and Palatnikov tried to roll out and Cosce got the back and was landing a lot of punches and Palatnikov was in trouble but the separated. Cosce kept landing lots of punches standing and dropped Palatnikov and Cosce got on top and was landing punches. Palatnikov was able to get to his feet and both were swinging. Cosce landing some big punches and they clinched and Palatnikov landed a huge elbow. Palatnikov got a takedown but they stood and Palatnikov was landing some hard punches. They broke and both are tired. Cosce lands a combo. They clinch and Palatnikov lands some strikes and then lands a spinning back fist and a combo on Cosce. Cosce tries a takedown but Palatnikov defends and lands from the top as the round ends. What a wild round. 10-9 Palatnikov.
Cosce tries a takedown but Palatnikov defends and lands some punches as they stand. Palatnikov with a combo. They trade left hooks. They trade in the pocket as Cosce is keeping his hands low. Cosce lands a jab and then Palatnikov lands a spinning back elbow. They trade and Cosce hits Palatnikov low with a punch and we have a timeout. They get back to action and both are landing and Palatnikov lands a nice combo. They are broken up after Palatnikov grabs the fence and moved to the center and they start trading in close range. Both men land some combos. Cosce lands a big right hand as they clinch. Palatnikov pushes him against the fence. They have a late exchange. 10-9 Palatnikov, 20-18 Palatnikov.
They clinch right away and go against the fence and Palatnikov keeps grabbing the fence. He's done it several times during the fight. He then gets a second warning from the referee and they are put in the center. Cosce goes for a takedown but Palatnikov sprawls and lands a kick as they stand. Palatnikov lands a left hand. They clinch against the fence and Palatnikov lands a knee to the body and some body punches. They break and Palatnikov with a body kick and Cosce with a high kick. They clinch and Cosce lands a knee that hits the cup and we have another timeout. They get back to action and Palatnikov stuns Cosce with a right hand. Cosce tries a desperation takedown but Palatnikov defends and starts landing a barrage of punches on the ground until the fight is stopped. What a fun fight as Palatnikov gets the finish in the third.
Official Result- Sasha Palatnikov def. Louis Cosce by TKO (punches) at 2:27 of Round 3
> Kyle Daukaus (9-1, 0-1 UFC) vs. Dustin Stoltzfus (13-1, 0-0 UFC)
Stoltzfus tries a front kick right away. They trade leg kicks. Daukaus lands a left hand and they clinch against the fence. Daukaus lands a knee. Daukaus tries a takedown but Stoltzfus maintains his balance and they remain tied up against the fence. Daukaus lands some slaps to the ear. Daukaus gets a takedown. Both men landing punches on the ground. Daukaus was landing lots of punches from the top and Stoltzfus was rolling for an armbar but Daukaus escaped and had the back. Stoltzfus goes for the leg and Daukaus is landing hammerfists. Stoltzfus ends up on top as the round ends. 10-9 Daukaus.
They trade to start the second and Daukaus is pushing Stoltzfus against the fence. Daukaus lands a combo and then lands a kick to the groin and we have a brief timeout. They get back to action and Daukaus lands a left hand. They tie up and Stoltzfus pushes Daukaus against the fence. Daukaus reverses and now has better position. They break and Daukaus lands a combo before they tie up again. Daukaus with some body punches. They break and Stoltzfus lands a right hand and Daukaus tries a takedown but they get right back into the clinch. Daukaus with some body punches and Stoltzfus lands an elbow. They break and Daukaus landed an elbow. They trade punches at the end. 10-9 Daukaus, 20-18 Daukaus.
They are trading to start the third and Stoltzfus landed a combo but Daukaus landed a series of left hands that landed right on the chin of Stoltzfus. They clinch against the fence again and Daukaus with some body punches. Stoltzfus tries a takedown but pushes Daukaus against the fence. Daukaus reverses and starts landing left hands and Stoltzfus tries to grab a leg for a leg lock but Daukaus gets on top and lands some punches before separating and letting Stoltzfus stand. They trade and Stoltzfus lands a kick but misses a big punch. They clinch again. Daukaus with some left hands. Daukaus gets Stoltzfus to the mat and lands more left hands. They stand as Daukaus has back control. Daukaus lets go and lands a combo against the fence and is landing lots of punches. Stoltzfus tries a takedown but Daukaus looks to set up a D'Arce choke. Stoltzfus gets out and Daukaus lands some punches as the fight ends. 10-9 Daukaus, 30-27 Daukaus.
Official Result- Kyle Daukaus def. Dustin Stoltzfus by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
> Alan Jouban (16-7, 7-5 UFC) vs. Jared Gooden (17-4, 0-0 UFC)
Gooden was landing punches early and coming forward more. Jouban lands a left hand and a high kick. Jouban with a body kick and then a leg kick. Jouban lands a combo and ends with a hard body kick. Gooden lands a right hand that stuns Jouban. Jouban with a high kick and then a body kick. Jouban lands some left hands. Gooden has landed more volume but Jouban has landed better. Jouban with a hard body kick. They trade inside the pocket. Gooden lands a knee and then a combo. Jouban with a body kick and they trade at the end. Close round. 10-9 Gooden.
Gooden comes right away with landing punches and then Jouban pushes him back. Jouban with a left hand and then a body kick. Gooden with a body kick. They clinch and Jouban lands as they break. Gooden with a combo. Jouban circles away. Jouban with a body kick. Jouban lands a left hand that rocks Gooden. Jouban now teeing off as he lands a body kick and a combo. Gooden circles away and Jouban lands two more left hands. Jouban lands a combo. Jouban with a combo. Jouban with more punches as Gooden is pressed against the fence. Jouban with a knee to the body. Jouban hurts Gooden with a right hand. Gooden lands a right hand. Jouban with a big body kick and lands a right hand. Jouban with a combo. Gooden gets the back standing and they are hand fighting at the end of the second. 10-9 Jouban, 19-19.
They were trading to start the third and both landed some good punches. Both landing some good punches and then we have a groin strike on Jouban. They get back to action and both men are landing and Gooden tries a flying knee. Gooden is pressing forward but Jouban is landing punches. Jouban tries to land a knee and slips to the mat and Gooden tries to take advantage but they stand and break. Jouban with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Jouban lands a series of punches and Gooden showing no head movement. They trade in close range and Gooden gets a takedown but Jouban has the neck and is looking for a guillotine. Gooden is staying composed as both are tired. Jouban had it in deep and Gooden looked like he was about to tap as time expired. Real fun fight. 10-9 Jouban, 29-28 Jouban.
Official Result- Alan Jouban def. Jared Gooden by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Daniel Rodriguez (13-1, 3-0 UFC) vs. Nicolas Dalby (18-3-1 2 NC, 2-3-1 1 NC UFC)
Dalby lands a leg kick. Rodriguez with a leg kick and Dalby lands another. Dalby lands a right hand and Rodriguez trips back. Dalby with an inside leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Dalby switching stances throughout the first and it has been throwing Rodriguez off. Rodriguez with a hard leg kick. Dalby with a body kick and then a leg kick. Rodriguez lands some punches as Dalby is against the fence. Dalby with a right hand. Rodriguez with a body kick and then another. Rodriguez lands some left hands at the end. 10-9 Rodriguez.
They trade to start the second. Rodriguez with a body kick as he pushes Dalby against the fence. Rodriguez goes for a takedown but Dalby defending. They break and now Dalby is looking for a takedown against the fence. They break and Rodriguez lands a jab. Dalby with a high kick and Rodriguez counters with a combo. Rodriguez with a leg kick and then a right hook. They trade leg kicks. Dalby with a hard leg kick. They trade body kicks. Dalby with a leg kick and Rodriguez counters with a left hand. Dalby tries a takedown but Rodriguez defends against the fence and lands some body punches. 10-9 Rodriguez, 20-18 Rodriguez.
They trade to start the third and both landing punches. Dalby with a body kick. Dalby with some leg kicks. They are trading and they clinch and Dalby is pressing Rodriguez against the fence but they break. Dalby lands a leg kick and some punches. They trade and Dalby lands a high kick. Rodriguez isn't doing much in the third. Dalby is pressing forward and lands a combo. Rodriguez stuns Dalby with a left hand and shoots for a takedown but Dalby defends. Rodriguez with a high kick late. Close fight. 10-9 Dalby, 29-28 Rodriguez.
Official Result- Nicolas Dalby def. Daniel Rodriguez by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Antonina Shevchenko (#15, 8-2, 2-2 UFC) vs. Ariane Lipski (13-5, 2-2 UFC)
Shevchenko with a leg kick. Lipski lands some punches right to the head of Shevchenko and then a body kick. They clinch against the fence. Lipski with a knee to the body. Lipski tries a takedown but they remain tied up against the fence. Shevchenko gets a headlock takedown. Lipski takes the back and then Shevchenko rolls to the top and is in the half-guard. Shevchenko lands some punches from the back. 10-9 Shevchenko.
Lipski with a leg kick. Lipski lands a right hand that snaps the head Shevchenko back. They scramble to the mat and Shevchenko ends up on top. Shevchenko lands some left hands from the top. Shevchenko remains on top in side control and lands as she keeps Lipski pinned to the mat. Shevchenko with some more left hands. Shevchenko takes the back but has no hooks in. Shevchenko lands more left hands as Lipski is trying to roll out. Shevchenko gets back into side control. Shevchenko gets the three-quarter mount and starts landing a lot of punches as she's trying to finish. Shevchenko gets the back and keeps landing and the fight is stopped. Big win for Shevchenko in this one.
Official Result- Antonina Shevchenko def. Ariane Lipski by TKO (punches) at 4:33 of Round 2
> Joaquin Buckley (11-3, 1-1 UFC) vs. Jordan Wright (11-0 1 NC, 1-0 UFC)
They trade early and Buckley pushes Wright against the fence and is landing body punches in the clinch. They break. Buckley lands a combo. They trade right hands and Buckley lands a hard left hand. Buckley with a head kick. They clinch against the fence. They break and are trading. Wright with a head kick. Wright with a knee to the body and then a body kick. Buckley with a combo and then lands to the body. Buckley then drops Wright with a right hand and is trying to finish but Wright survives the round. 10-9 Buckley.
Buckley lands a left hand that stuns Wright. Buckley then lands a hard left hand that drops Wright and this fight is stopped. What a finish by Buckley.
Official Result- Joaquin Buckley def. Jordan Wright by knockout (punches) at :18 of Round 2
> Brandon Moreno (#1, 17-5-1, 5-2-1 UFC) vs. Brandon Royval (#6, 12-4, 2-0 UFC)
They are both throwing wild strikes to start the fight. Royval with a body kick. Royval with a leg kick. Royval with a body kick. Moreno gets a takedown and is in the half-guard. Moreno with a right hand from the top. Royval hip escapes to his feet. Moreno with a left hand. Royval with a leg kick. They trade. Royval tries a spinning elbow and Moreno grabs his back and they scramble to the mat and Moreno retains back control. Moreno is trying for a rear-naked choke and has it around the chin. Moreno has Royval twisted up. Royval gets out for a moment. Royval with an elbow. They scramble and Moreno gets into the full guard of Royval. Royval trying for a leg lock and lands some punches. Moreno now starts landing a lot of hammerfists and Royval is in trouble and this fight is stopped and Royval is holding his arm and is in tons of pain. Royval's shoulder popped out of socket and they popped it back in after the fight. Moreno gets the big win.
Official Result- Brandon Moreno def. Brandon Royval by TKO (punches/injury) at 4:59 of Round 1
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> Mauricio Rua (#14, 27-11-1, 11-9-1 UFC) vs. Paul Craig (#15, 13-4-1, 5-4-1 UFC)
Craig lands some early leg kicks. Craig with a high kick and Rua lands a left hook. Rua with a right hand. Craig gets a double-leg takedown. Craig lands some hammerfists as he has a deep underhook. They get to their feet and Craig lands some knees as he has the front headlock. Craig was working to set up a choke but they scramble up. Craig gets another takedown against the fence. They stand and Craig tries a takedown but Rua reverses and ends up in the half-guard of Craig. Rua with some left hands from the top and ends the round on top. 10-9 Craig.
Rua lands some punches to start the second and Craig attacks with a body kick. Rua with a right hand and Craig lands some front kicks. Rua looks to land but Craig tries a takedown against the fence. Craig gets a takedown and gets the back of Rua and has the hooks in. Rua gets out and they stand and clinch against the fence. They go back to the mat and Craig gets the back and flattens him out and starts landing a lot of punches and Rua taps and the fight is stopped. Big win for Craig.
Official Result- Paul Craig def. Mauricio Rua by TKO (strikes) at 3:36 of Round 2
> Katlyn Chookagian (#2, 14-4, 7-4 UFC) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (#4, 9-1-1, 6-1-1 UFC)
Calvillo landing more early on and lands some leg kicks. Calvillo with a left hook. Chookagian with a body kick and Calvillo grabs the leg and gets a brief takedown but they get up. Chookagian with a jab. Calvillo with a leg kick. Chookagian with a left hook. Chookagian with a left hand. Calvillo tries a takedown but Chookagian sprawls away and lands a knee as they break. Chookagian with some leg kicks. Calvillo with a right hand. They trade punches. Chookagian with a front kick to the body of Calvillo. Calvillo with a combo ending with a left hand. Chookagian with some kicks. Calvillo with a left hand. They trade late. 10-9 Chookagian.
Calvillo with a body kick and then a side kick to the body. Chookagian with a combo ending with a body kick. Chookagian with a left hand. Calvillo is landing with more volume as most of Chookagian's attacks are missing. Calvillo with a right hand. Chookagian throwing a lot but it is mostly hitting the air. Calvillo lands a combo. They trade late. 10-9 Chookagian, 20-18 Chookagian.
Calvillo coming forward and is throwing but Chookagian lands a kick. Chookagian with the jab. Calvillo with a leg kick. They trade kicks and Calvillo lands a body kick. Calvillo with a left hand. Neither landing a lot. Calvillo with a combo. Calvillo with a body kick. Calvillo with a leg kick. Chookagian with a high kick. Calvillo with a combo. Chookagian with a right hand. Calvillo with a combo. Calvillo with a left hand. They trade in close range. Calvillo with a late combo. 10-9 Calvillo, 29-28 Chookagian.
Official Result- Katlyn Chookagian def. Cynthia Calvillo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Mike Perry (14-6, 7-6 UFC) vs. Tim Means (30-12-1 1 NC, 12-9 1 NC UFC)
Welterweights* (Perry missed weight by 4.5 pounds)
Perry with a leg kick. Means with a left hand. Perry gets a takedown off a body lock against the fence. Means gives up his back. Perry is working for a choke and almost has one locked in. Means escapes and spins into the guard and they stand. Means with a knee. Perry with the jab. Perry with a right hand to the body. Perry with a right hand. Means with a combo and he is landing the right hand. Means with a leg kick. Means lands the jabs late. 10-9 Perry.
Means landing the jab to start the second. Means with a left hand after Perry lands a leg kick. They trade punches. Means with a leg kick. Means with a body kick. Means with an uppercut. They were trading and Perry hurt Means with a combo. Means then starts landing the jab. Means with a high kick. Means with a knee as Perry lands a left hand. Means with a combo and then an elbow. Perry with a left hand. Means lands a triple jab. 10-9 Means, 19-19.
Means with a leg kick and then Perry gets a body lock. Perry working for a takedown but Means shakes him off. Perry looks gassed. Means landing in close range. They are trading in close range and both are landing hard punches but Means is landing better. Means pushes Perry against the fence. They break and Means lands a combo and Perry is bleeding from his face. Perry with a combo. Means lands an elbow and then another followed by a left hand. Means with a leg kick. Means lands a left hand. Means with a body kick. Means with a left hand. They trade big punches late. 10-9 Means, 29-28 Means.
Official Result- Tim Means def. Mike Perry by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Valentina Shevchenko (C, 19-3, 8-2 UFC) vs. Jennifer Maia (#3, 18-6-1, 3-2 UFC)
UFC Women's Flyweight Championship
Shevchenko lands a left early. Shevchenko gets a takedown and is in the guard of Maia. Shevchenko with some body punches. Shevchenko with an elbow from the top. Shevchenko with more body shots and head shots as well as she remains in Maia's full guard. Shevchenko in control from the top but not a lot of action going on. Shevchenko shutting down Maia's chances to use her jiu-jitsu attacks. 10-9 Shevchenko.
Shevchenko with a spin kick. Shevchenko gets another takedown but they work their way to the feet and Maia pushes Shevchenko against the fence in a clinch. Maia has Shevchenko pinned against the fence but not doing much and Shevchenko landing body shots. Shevchenko with a knee. Maia lands some knees. Maia gets a takedown. Maia lands a right hand from the top. Shevchenko tries to roll out from the bottom but Maia retains top and is in Shevchenko's full guard. Shevchenko tries for a triangle choke but doesn't have it. Maia ends the round on top. 10-9 Maia, 19-19.
Shevchenko lands two left hands and Maia lands a right hand. Maia lands a right hand and they clinch and Maia presses Shevchenko against the fence. They break and Shevchenko lands a couple of left hands and a head kick. Shevchenko lands a big left hand and then gets a big takedown into side control. Shevchenko works from the top but Maia able to get up from the half-guard and pushes Shevchenko against the fence. They end the round there. 10-9 Shevchenko, 29-28 Shevchenko.
Shevchenko lands a left hand. Shevchenko with a leg kick. Shevchenko with a Superwoman punch. Shevchenko with a combo and Maia lands a counter right. Shevchenko with another combo and then circles away. Maia lands a right hand. Shevchenko with a power takedown. Shevchenko working in the half-guard of Maia and landing punches from the top. Shevchenko with some shoulder strikes from the top. Herb Dean keeps warning them to work. Shevchenko trying to set up an arm-triangle but she won't have enough time. 10-9 Shevchenko, 39-37 Shevchenko.
Shevchenko with a hard jab to start the fifth. Maia initiates a clinch against the fence. Shevchenko with a knee. Shevchenko revereses and lands an elbow as they break. Shevchenko with a hard body kick. Maia lands a right hand. Shevchenko with a flurry and they clinch against the fence. Maia tries a takedown but Shevchenko defends. They break. Shevchenko with a left hand. Shevchenko lands another left hand. Shevchenko just misses a head kick but lands a left hand and Maia initiates a clinch against the fence. They break and Shevchenko with an elbow. Shevchenko with a body kick. Maia with a front kick. Maia with a left hook. Shevchenko with a right hand and then a left hand. Shevchenko with a combo. Shevchenko with a spinning back fist and then a combo. The champion should retain here. 10-9 Shevchenko, 49-46 Shevchenko.
Official Result- Valentina Shevchenko def. Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) to retain the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship
> Deiveson Figueiredo (C, 19-1, 8-1 UFC) vs. Alex Perez (#4, 24-5, 6-1 UFC)
UFC Flyweight Championship
Figueiredo with a hard body kick. Figueiredo with another body kick. Perez lands a right hand. They trade punches. Figueiredo with another hard body kick. Perez tries a takedown and has a single leg. Figueiredo being warned about grabbing the fence. Figueiredo drops for a leg lock and then Perez gets on top and Figueiredo locks on a guillotine choke and has it locked in tight and Perez taps. What a performance from the champion as he makes quick work to retain the title.
Official Result- Deiveson Figueiredo def. Alex Perez by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:57 of Round 1 to retain the UFC Flyweight Championship