UFC 255 Odds: Which Champion Is The Deadliest?

UFC 255 Odds: Which Champion Is The Deadliest?

UFC 255 takes center stage at Las Vegas this November 22, when the two flyweight titleholders put their crowns on the line in PPV. While Valentina Shevchenko will defend her title for the fourth time in the evening's co-main event, Deiveson Figueiredo will make his first title-defense against Alex Pérez to close the night.

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Now, both champs are clear cut favorites for this fight, but once the door closes and fighters are locked inside the cage, one punch can be enough to shift history. UFC is the place for upsets.

Here at Betmania, we will take a look into who is more dominant, Deiveson Figueiredo or Valentina Shevchenko. Oh man, what a challenging task, but let's do this.

So there are two ways to look at it, and that's what we are doing. First, we will take a look at the fighters as champions and how they've done in championship fights inside the UFC. We can then take a more in-depth look at what the fighters bring to the table and overall dominance.

Let's start with their championship experience.

As Champions

Valentina Shevchenko has reigned supreme in the flyweight division for two years now, and she has turned into the definition of a killer champ. She leaves no room for doubt. She has finished two of her title defenses and dominated through a Unanimous Decision victory in the other two.

No one has come close to jeopardize her reign so far, and that's a testament to her sheer force and dominance. 

Her record in title fights is 4-1, losing her effort to conquer the bantamweight crown via a controversial split decision. 

'The Bullet' is a mainstay in title bouts now, she has a track record that goes into high spots in the record books.

As for Deiveson Figueiredo, we have a much smaller sample of him in title fights. He has only two, one which was for the vacant title, and he missed weight and the one where he finally got to wrap-the-strap around his waist.

Also, both were against Joseph Benavidez. Both ended in devastation for Benavidez, as Figueiredo knocked him out in the first fight with a brutal straight right hand, and then repeated it the tactic but then slept Benavidez in the ground with a rear-naked choke in their second bout.

Figueiredo has never gone the distance in a five-round fight. He is too much of a behemoth in this division for that. Both ended with his hand raised and no questions left behind as to who dominated.

However, his sample size is below Valentina's. This has been her territory for way too long. As champion, Valentina embodies the 125, while Figueiredo is only starting to make his legacy now.

As fighters

Now here, it becomes so much trickier. Both have 19 wins and seven submissions. However, Valentina has six knockouts to Figueiredo's nine.

There's an aura when Valentina enters the octagon, one of invincibility and innovation. When Figueiredo gets inside the cage, there's just a sense of sheer destruction coming. They don't call you 'God Of War' for nothing in this sport.

As for techniques, Shevchenko is as complete as a fighter can be. Black belt in both judo and taekwondo, as well as a master of sports in Muay Thai, boxing, and kickboxing. She is precise, versatile, and can win a fight in any fashion she wants. If her opponent has a weakness, she will not only exploit it but expose it to the whole world.

Figueiredo is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but you can diminish his striking for one second; he will put you out fast, quick, and in a hurry. He is one of the most precise strikers in the UFC, and he lands with sheer determination to end things fast. He knows he isn't paid by the hour. 

When Figueiredo lands, he is usually on point. But Figueiredo is as polished and prolific in the ground. He has guillotine chokes, rear-naked choke, armbar, and an arm-triangle choke in his resume. Absolutely versatile.

Who is the deadliest?

This is a hard one. Both have two finishes in title fights, and Figueiredo barely edges Shevchenko in stoppages 16 to 13. However, Valentina has the experience of title fights on her side.

But now it's time to look who is the deadliest of both champs, or in other words, which challenger should be more afraid to enter their quest for gold on Saturday.

I think the answer is Figueiredo, let me explain. First of, in the same amounts of wins, he has more finishes than Valentina. Secondly, Figueiredo is 100% effective in wins and stoppages in title fights. Of course, Shevchenko has had more fights, but she hasn't put her foes away, even in dominance. 

This is not to say Shevchenko is not dominant, she is a killer, but if I had to bet -because that's what we do in Betmania- for a finish, and only choose one, Figueiredo would be my choice. His right hand is just too vicious for the flyweights. He would be knocking out featherweights for all we know.

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