Deiveson “Daico” Figueiredo, 32, of Soure, Para, Brazil is still the reigning champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the flyweight division. The Brazilian mixed martial artist successfully defended the title for the first time at “UFC 255.”
Featuring 12 MMA bouts, “UFC 255″ took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on November 21, 2020. In the main event of the evening, Alex Perez, 28, of Lemoore, California, USA challenged the reigning UFC Flyweight Champion.
Marc Goddard served as the referee. He put a stop to the title bout after 1 minute and 57 seconds in the first round when Figueiredo submitted Perez via guillotine choke.
Eight countries were represented at “UFC 255” namely Brazil, Denmark, Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Peru, Scotland and the U.S. Figueiredo was one of the four fighters who represented Brazil while Perez was one of the 15 representatives of the host country.
Losing at “UFC 255” downgraded Perez’s professional MMA record to 24 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, Figueiredo now has 20 wins and 1 loss.
The first still and the only MMA fighter so far to defeat Figueiredo in a professional MMA bout was Jussier Formiga, 35, of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The former lost to the latter via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 148” at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, USA on March 23, 2019.
Born in Soure on December 18, 1987, Figueiredo worked with his father at an animal farm until he was 13 years old. When he turned 16, he starred his MMA training.
Competing professionally since 2012, Figueiredo joined the UFC in 2017. “UFC 255” marked his ninth win in the promotion.
Figueiredo defeated Marco “Psycho” Beltran, 34, of Mexico and Jarred “The Monkey God” Brooks, 27, of Warsaw, Indiana, USA in 2017 and Joseph “Bopo” Morales, 26, of Clovis, California and John “Chicano” Moraga, 36, of Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 2018. In 2019, after losing to Formiga, Figueiredo defeated Alexandre “The Cannibal” Pantoja, 30, of Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Tim Elliott, 33, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA.
On February 29, 2020, Figueiredo knocked out Joseph Benavidez, 36, of Sacramento, California at “UFC Fight Night 169.” In their rematch at “UFC Fight Night 172” on July 18, 2020, they competed for the then vacant UFC Flyweight Championship title.
In the rematch, Figueiredo submitted Benavidez via rear-naked choke. After “UFC 255,” the reigning UFC Flyweight Champion is riding a five-bout winning streak.