LAS VEGAS — Deiveson Figueiredo stopped Alex Perez with a guillotine choke in the first round at UFC 255 on Saturday night, defending his men’s flyweight championship for the first time.

Valentina Shevchenko defended the UFC women’s flyweight title with a surprisingly difficult unanimous decision over Jennifer Maia at the UFC Apex gym on the promotion’s corporate campus in its hometown.

Figueiredo (20-1) earned his record-tying seventh stoppage victory in the 125-pound division by clamping onto Perez’s neck out of a scramble at 1:57 in the opening round.

Perez (24-6) had nearly taken Figueiredo’s back an instant before the Brazilian

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LAS VEGAS — Valentina Shevchenko defended her UFC women’s flyweight title with a surprisingly difficult unanimous decision over Jennifer Maia at UFC 255 on Saturday night.

Shevchenko (20-3) earned her sixth consecutive victory as a UFC flyweight and her fourth title defence, but the dominant champ had to work much harder than almost everyone expected. Shevchenko won 49-46 on all three cards.

Maia (18-7-1), one of the biggest underdogs in UFC title fight history, stretched Shevchenko to the limit and even likely won the second round against a champion who had barely been tested during her nearly three-year run at

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Canadian fighter Gillian (The Savage) Robertson, ranked 12th among UFC flyweights, returns to action next month against No. 10 Andrea (KGB) Lee at UFC 256.

The 25-year-old native of Niagara Falls, Ont., who fights out of Coconut Creek, Fla., is coming off a dominant win over Brazil’s Poliano Botelho on Oct 17. It was her second straight victory and fourth in her last five fights.

Robertson (9-4-0) is 6-2-0 in the UFC.

Lee (11-5-0) has lost her last three fights, although two were by split decision. The 31-year-old American, a former Legacy FC champion, won her first three UFC outings.

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Deiveson Figueiredo will be defending his flyweight title for the first time when he takes on Alex Perez at UFC 255 as a -285 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The “God of War” claimed the vacant UFC flyweight championship in his last outing, finishing Joseph Benavidez by submission in the opening round of their clash at UFC Fight Island 2, and lifting his professional MMA record to a sparkling 19-1 going into Saturday night’s bout at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Figueiredo’s victory over

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Conor McGregor has officially put pen to paper and is set to face Dustin Poirier in an anticipated rematch at UFC 257 on Jan. 23.

McGregor’s The Mac Life website broke the news on Thursday that the former two-weight titleholder had signed the bout agreement finalizing the matchup. ESPN reported earlier in November that Poirier had already signed the bout agreement.

The fight will be contested in the 155-pound lightweight division. McGregor, despite being a former champion in the weight class, has only competed twice at lightweight during his UFC career – he beat Eddie Alvarez to win the belt

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Season four of Dana White’s Contender Series concluded on Tuesday with four more fighters awarded UFC contracts.

Flyweight JP Buys, strawweight Gloria de Paula, lightweight Tucker Lutz and flyweight Victoria Leonardo are the newest members of the UFC roster.

Buys submitted Jacob Silva with a first-round guillotine choke. De Paula and Lutz won unanimous decisions over Pauline Macias and Sherrard Blackledge, respectively, while Leonardo stopped Chelsea Hackett with strikes in the second round.

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Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos returned to the 155-pound division for the first time in more than four years and picked up a five-round decision victory over No. 7-ranked contender Paul Felder in a Fight Night main event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Dos Anjos was originally scheduled to face the No. 12-ranked Islam Makhachev, but Makhachev withdrew from the event due to injuries. Felder, who was coming off a Fight of the Year contender against Dan Hooker in February, accepted the matchup with dos

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LAS VEGAS — Canadian strawweight Randa (Quiet Storm) Markos tied a UFC record in a losing cause Saturday, beaten by Japan’s Kanako Murata on a UFC Fight Night card.

All three judges scored it 30-27 for Murata (12-1-0), who used her wrestling skills in her UFC debut to control the 35-year-old from Windsor, Ont., over three rounds.

The featured preliminary bout was the 16th UFC appearance for Markos (10-11-1), tying her with Angela (Overkill) Hill for the most in UFC strawweight history. Markos submitted Hill when they met in

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