- UFC 255 will down Saturday, Nov 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- We cover odds & picks for the main event with Figueiredo and Shevchenko defending their flyweight straps.
- Both champions are heavily favoured, will we pick the favorites or longshots?
Two UFC titles will be on the line this coming weekend, let’s get straight to the latest betting odds & predictions for UFC 255.
Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia Odds
The betting favorite according to online betting site MyBookie is Shevchenko. The reigning champion is listed at -1400, giving her an implied win probability of 93.3%.
Betting on Jennifer Maia is a big gamble, the distinct betting line reflects that. With odds of +700, you can bet $100 to net $700.
Prediction for Shevchenko vs Maia
Valentina Shevchenko has only lost to one fighter in the UFC and that’s the female GOAT – Amanda Nunes. Anytime we see Shevchenko is a spectacle.
Maia on the other hand has also impressed, just going under the radar more so than the champ. Maia will have to bring her A-game to fight an elite striker like Shevchenko.
Shevchenko’s style is primarily a counter-striker, that’s not saying she won’t go for the kill if it doesn’t at her. All Shevchenko needs to get her timing down and we could be off to the races here. Within her arsenal she has a slick check right-hook, counter kicks and most of all she is a patient yet aggressive fighter.
Shevchenko can also take this fight to the ground, which is often an underrated attribute of her skillset. All this combined is why Vegas are so hot on Shevchenko.
On the other hand Jennifer Maia comes from a Jiu Jitsu background, but over the years has transfered to more Muay Thai style of fighting. Maia will look to unload some combos and her overhand right could be her key to victory here.
The downside of Maia’s style is here limited head movement. Her stand is very upright which leaves here head straight down that line of fire for Shevchenko. We expect Shevchenko to shut down all of Maia’s attempts, and put on another classic and dominant display.
Pick: Shevchenko within the Distance.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex Perez Odds
Deiveson Figueiredo opens as a solid betting favorite over Alex Perez. At odds of -300, you would have to put down $300 to make $100 profit.
While Alex Perez as a +230 underdog, means a $100 bet could net you $230 with a win over Figueiredo.
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Prediction for Figueiredo vs Perez
The reigning champion “The God of War” Deiveson Figueiredo returns to face Alex Perez to defend his title. These are two dangerous strikers and some of the hardest hitters we’ve seen at 125 pounds.
Expect Alex Perez to start the fight with more strike volume than Figueiredo. As per UFC Stats, Figueiredo averages 2.80 strikers per minute. Where as Perez is averaging around 4.68.
If Perez can leg those infamous leg kicks early enough, we could be facing a different scenario. Perez will have to be cautious about how he approaches Deiveson Figueiredo. We see Figueiredo tagging Perez scoring a knock down, which will allow Figueiredo to latch onto a submission.
Pick: Figueiredo by Submission.