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UFC 255 Takeaways: Figueiredo revives forgotten flyweight division

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 21: In this handout image provided by UFC,  (L-R) Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil kicks Alex Perez in their flyweight championship bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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She’s a special fighter, and hopefully, the UFC can find her a worthy challenge — Jessica Andrade, we’re looking at you — to add some intrigue to her future title defences.

Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan takes down Jennifer Maia of Brazil in their women’s flyweight championship bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Handout /Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

3. IMPRESSIVE

Moreno, by the way, was absolutely terrific against Brandon Royval on Saturday night. He was already close to being next-in-line for a flyweight title shot, and even before it was announced that he’d be fighting Figueiredo in December, it was obvious he’d earned the opportunity.

A note, also, about Joaquin Buckley. A month-or-so ago, Buckley’s spinning back kick knockout of Impa Kasanganay went viral. Buckley was everywhere, and there was pressure for him to step up and deliver in his return to the cage on Saturday night.

Buckley did exactly that and rose to the occasion with another highlight-reel KO against Jordan Wright. The kid’s legit, that much is for sure.

4. TIME’S UP

Only a couple of weeks ago, UFC president Dana White decided it was time for Anderson Silva to call it a day and retire.

On Saturday night, White was nudging another Brazilian legend to the door.

You don’t have to like everything White says or does, but in the case of Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, it’s the right call.

A former UFC light-heavyweight champion and PRIDE grand prix winner, Rua is turning 39 this week and just didn’t look like himself in a losing effort against Paul Craig on Saturday night.

Rua has a lot of miles on him and hasn’t been a legitimate contender for a long, long time. He’ll be remembered fondly and leaves a considerable legacy in the cage, but there’s just no reason for him to continue taking serious damage anymore.



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