By Michael Strong

Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) submitted Alex Perez by guillotine choke at 1:57 of Round 1 at UFC 255.

Early on, Figueiredo and Perez (24-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) exchanged hard strikes on the feet. When Perez caught a Figueiredo kick, the champion pulled for a leg submission. When Perez tried to pounce on his downed opponent, he rolled right into Figueiredo’s guard and was swiftly choked out.

In his first title defense, Figueiredo extended his winning streak to five. Over the span of his 10 UFC fights, Figueiredo has picked up seven finishes, including a  title-clinching submission of Joseph Benavidez in a match for the vacant belt on July 19.

With the loss, Perez had his three-fight winning streak snapped. His only other promotional loss came to four-time UFC title challenger Benavidez in November 2018.

Early on, Figueiredo and Perez (24-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) exchanged hard strikes on the feet. When Perez caught a Figueiredo kick, the champion pulled for a leg submission. When Perez tried to pounce on his downed opponent, he rolled right into Figueiredo’s guard and was swiftly choked out.

In his first title defense, Figueiredo extended his winning streak to five. Over the span of his 10 UFC fights, Figueiredo has picked up seven finishes, including a  title-clinching submission of Joseph Benavidez in a match for the vacant belt on July 19.

With the loss, Perez had his three-fight winning streak snapped. His only other promotional loss came to four-time UFC title challenger Benavidez in November 2018.