In one of the most anticipated fights of the card, two fantastic yet very different flyweights meet, probably with a shot at the belt in play for the winner. Jussier Formiga really needs no introduction. He last outpointed Sergio Pettis convingcinly. He is 34, but still fast and has nice opportunistic striking. His strenght though has always been his fantastic grappling. He is a Jiu Jitsu ace and reminds of Demian Maia when he gets the back. If he is on your back, good luck getting off that human backpack.
Deiveson Figueiredo is taking the division by assault since he signed with the promotion. A huge flyweight with huge punching power, he overwhelmes opposition until he can hurt them and finish them on the ground. He has decent grappling and can finish fights everywhere, but he is obviously not on Formiga´s level there.
The key point in this fight is wether Formiga can take “Deus da Guerra” down or not. Deiveson has only been consistently taken down in the UFC by Jarred Brooks, who is a much better wrestler than Formiga and ended up gassing. Formiga ussually gets his takedowns by being reactive with them, which could happen here as Deiveson sometimes presses almost recklessly. I think Deiveson is gonna be too physical for Formiga to have succes with the takedowns, and even if he gets taken down I think he will get up unless he somehow gives up his back scrambling. I see Deiveson being able to pressure Formiga and eventually wear him down and finish him via strikes.
The pick here is Deiveson Figueiredo to win by knockout.