Back Las Vegas, the UFC host two fights for the flyweight title as we bring you UFC 255 results overnight. First, in the main event, the newly crowned flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo seeking his first title defense. Take it will Contender Series alum, Alex perez. Figueiredo was originally scheduled to face the former bantamweight champion Cody garbrandt for his first defense. However, Garbrandt was forced out of the fight with a torn bicep, allowing Perez to intervene. For Perez, it becomes the first product in Dana White's Contender series to win a title shot.
Figueiredo has only one loss in his career which was a unanimous decision loss for Jussier Formiga in 2019. Since then, he has won his last four consecutive fights. It started with a unanimous decision to win Alexandre pantoja before submitting Tim Elliott at UFC Fight Night 161. He would then face Joseph benavidez for the vacant title, however, he had lacked weight before they first met. This made him ineligible to win the belt, but he still beat Benavidez by TKO. About five months later, the UFC remade the fight. This time, Figueiredo put on some weight and won the belt by finishing Benavidez in the first round by submission.
As for Perez, since making his debut in 2017 he's gone 6-1. He quickly put together three impressive wins in a row Carls John de Tomas, Eric Shelton and Jose torres. He would then suffer a TKO loss against Benavidez in the TUF 28 Final. He has since won his last three consecutive fights. It began with a unanimous decision on Mark de la Rosa before getting a quote, win Jordan espinosa. On his last outing, Perez finished off Jussier Formiga with leg kicks.
UFC 255 Results
In the co-main event, the women's flyweight title will be on the line as Valentina shevchenko seeks to extend his title reign. Take it will be old Invicta FC flyweight champion Jennifer maia. Shevchenko won the title in 2018 and has assembled three title defenses since. The first was a knockout in the second round Jessica eye before taking a unanimous decision on Liz Carmouche. In his last title defense, Shevchenko finished Katlyn Chookagian by the third round TKO to UFC 247.
Maia has gone 3-1 in her last four fights, starting with a two-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Maia had won two consecutive unanimous decisions on Alexis Davis and Roxanne Modafferi. She would then lose a UD to Chookagian before securing a huge win in her next fight. Flyweight candidate Joanne calderwood had a locked title shot before COVID hit. Since she didn't want to wait, Calderwood faced Maia at UFC Fight Night 173. Maia stole her title shot that night by finishing Calderwood with an armband in the first round.
The main map kickoff will be a light and heavy rematch between Shogun Rua and Paul Craig. The pair fought for a draw when they first met in UFC Fight Night 164. Next up will be a fight in the women's flyweight division which could have big title implications between Katlyn Chookagian and Cynthia calvillo. While Chookagian may not be close to yet another title shot yet, a win for Calvillo could put her in position for one herself. Finally, before the main co-event, there will be a welterweight fight between Mike perry and Tim means. The pair enter after winning recent unanimous decisions in their last bouts.
Follow MMASucka as we bring you the results throughout UFC 255.
MAIN CARD (PPV / ESPN + - 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT)
Deiveson Figueiredo defeats. Alex Perez via Submission (Guillotine) at 1:57 of the first round
Valentina Shevchenko beats. Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Tim Means def. Mike Perry * via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Katlyn Chookagian defeats. Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Paul Craig beats. Shogun Rua via TKO (punches) at 3:36 of the second round
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN 2 / ESPN + - 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)
Brandon Moreno beats. Brandon Royval via TKO (punches) at 4:59 am of the first round
Joaquin Buckley beats. Jordan Wright via Knockout (punches) at 0:18 of round two
Antonina Shevchenko beats. Ariane Lipski via TKO (punches) at 4:33 of the second round
Nicolas Dalby beats. Daniel Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass / ESPN + - 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT)
Alan Jouban beats. Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kyle Daukaus beats. Dustin Stoltzfuz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Sasha Palatnikov beats. Louis Cosce via TKO (punches) at 2:27 of the third round
* Perry missed weight at 175.5 pounds and will lose 30% of his purse
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For just over 3 years I have been training in Kung Fu and Muay Thai. Learning any martial art is a physically and mentally challenging process that takes years of practice to master. Here are 4 tips I wish I had known that can improve your training and reduce the time it takes between novice and grandmaster.
Flexibility is a fundamental trait of any good martial artist. Having this early on in your training will help boost you ahead for many reasons. Firstly, the more advanced techniques in martial arts require you to be extremely flexible, it’s impossible to begin learning them without the required flexibility to do so, and thus you will be learning advanced moves earlier in your training if you’re already performing a perfect split. Secondly, you need to kick high, sometimes higher than your own head. If you’re training in a martial art that is fight orientated, such as kickboxing, being able to kick your opponent in the head is one of the best moves you have in your arsenal of attacks. If you are studying an art such as Kung Fu, flexibility will dramatically improve your technique in forms, helping you to score those extra points in competitions for your technical ability.
One of the best ways to learn, I have found, is directly from the horse’s mouth, in this case your master. Typically, in your classes, your master will demonstrate a technique that they want you to practice with a partner. If they don’t ask for volunteers before performing each technique, go ahead and tell them before the class starts that you would like to be involved in the demonstrations. This will help you get a real feel for what they’re trying to show you, as you can miss subtle techniques that may be out of your vision. Volunteering to be demonstrated on can seem scary, but remember that they are a master of what they do, and they won’t actually be performing the move with the intent to hurt you.
Hitting pads is good for when you’re learning a new move, but you will find you begin performing the technique in a much different way when faced with something that will hit back. Simple things like remembering to cover your head when throwing a kick or punch will become deuxième nature after being punished for dropping your guard, even for a split deuxième. You may be asked or required to participate in a fighting tournament at some point of your martial arts journey, and the best way you can prepare for this is sparring. Remember that it is for the purpose of learning, not knocking each other out as quick as you can. You will begin to learn how to spot and react to your opponent’s openings, and how to defend against different moves. Forget being stronger or faster than your opponent, being an intelligent fighter is what will give you the advantage come fight night.
Your training doesn’t begin and end when you enter and leave the doors. My Kung Fu master always told us that “practice is good, but perfect practice makes perfect”. When you train at home make sure you are performing each technique properly, as if you were in class, bad vêtements form fast and are extremely hard to be undone. Purchasing a grande mirror is a great investment so you can analyse yourself at home. Also watching videos of other people performing techniques will help you to see how different techniques should look when you’re not at chic.
Did you set a new year resolution this year ? If so, do they happen to be martial arts related ? Do you think you will actually achieve them ?
Statistics for failed New Year’s resolutions run anywhere between 45-80%. Now that another new year is here, it’s time to focus and set our eyes back on the prize in order to not become part of this rather bleak data. to help you, on this post, I’ll be highlighting a couple personal tips that may help make both your short-term and long-term goals stick
Focusing on small milestones, following your motivation, challenging yourself, and finding what inspires you can help you make improvements for the rest year and meet or even surpass your martial arts goals and beyond !
You’re much more likely to stay motivated and make improvements if you’re doing something you enjoy. What is your absolute favorite thing to do at your martial arts school ? If you love to spar find ways to push yourself harder. Ask your instructor for pointers. Train with higher-ranking students. Seek out tournaments in your area for a challenge.
What if you’re doing what you love, and you’re already good at it, but you don’t know how to improve ? Avoid stagnation by digging deeper into your favorite activity. Find ways to go out of your comfort zone. Ask for help and feedback even in areas where you feel you are at your best. For example, if you enjoy doing forms, ask your instructor to work with you on finer details.
Play around with timing and emphasis. Enter or at least attend a tournament to see how other martial artists practice forms and see what you can learn from them. Seek out master classes, seminars, and clinics in your area. If you want some fun and relaxation while you practice consider taking a martial arts holiday.
Alternatively, you can also work on your training from the comfort of your own home by joining an online martial arts training. As you won’t even have to step foot outside, there’s simply no excuse not to keep up your practice !
Think about your long-term goals and then break it down into small milestones. Do you want to be able to do fifty push-ups in one set, but right now you can only do ten ? Don’t burn yourself out on day one trying to do all fifty. You may injure yourself or simply become discouraged that you can’t reach your goal immediately.
Slow down. Scale back. Try adding five extra push-ups per week, and over time you’ll build up the strength and stamina you need to meet your goal.
Maybe you have transferred schools and need to relearn the particular forms or self-defense techniques practiced at your new school. I have seen this happen with black belts and higher-ranking color belts who have transferred to my dojang. For example, a fellow black belt practiced Taeguk taekwondo forms at her old dojang, but now she needs to learn the Palgwe forms that we practice.
Rather than trying to learn everything at once, which will likely feel overwhelming, start with one technique or one form. Ask an instructor or another black belt for help. Watch scènes online. Move on to the next technique when you are able to perform the first one without any guidance or prompts.
Sometimes you have to do things in martial arts that you don’t enjoy as much but you still have to do due to tradition, class schedules, and keeping your practice well-rounded. Martial arts may be the hardest thing you do, but it shouldn’t feel like drudgery. Think about what you don’t enjoy as much in class or what you dread doing, and try to figure out why you avoid it. Perhaps you don’t like it because you’re not very skilled ( yet ), you don’t do it very often, you find it stressful, or you simply find it boring.
Challenge yourself. Find the “fun” in something that has simply felt like work. It’s easy to get better at something you enjoy and you’re naturally good at doing. Just think of how it will feel when you make improvements in an area where you have continuously struggled.
Leveraging your strengths can help you develop skills in areas where you struggle. For example, if sparring is particularly challenging, be mindful of other times when you use blocks or strikes such as in forms or self-defense. Make them as sharp and powerful as you would in a faster-paced sparring match. Ask your instructor to incorporate quick reaction drills into classes. Attend extra sparring classes, and if you are a black belt or higher ranking, attend lower ranking sparring classes and offer to coach or referee. Teaching a skill can help you make vast improvements in your own practice.