The UFC’s November 21st UFC 255 PPV card has been in bad need of bolstering following a couple of high profile bout cancellations. Initially set to feature the likes of Cody Garbrandt, Jose Aldo, and Robbie Lawler, the UFC has been, instead, left scrambling for replacements.
Deiveson Figueiredo will now fight Alex Perez in the main event, Jose Aldo and Marlon Vera has been re-booked for December. And following a report from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, MMA Fighting now confirms that Mike Perry will be facing Tim Means, in light of Lawler’s removal from the card.
The former welterweight champion pulled out of his bout against Perry in late October with an undisclosed injury, leaving an already weakened PPV offering reeling. Still, the addition of the ‘Dirty Bird’ should guarantee an action-filled war for the main card.
Means (30-12-1 1 NC) enters this bout off a August decision win over Larueano Staropoli. That fight was a welcome return to form for the fighter out of Albuquerque, NM. Means suffered a brutal club-n-sub loss to Daniel Rodriguez just back in February, and has traded wins and losses ever since dropping two questionable split decisions back-to-back against Belal Muhammad and Sergio Moraes. This fight with Perry will be the third 2020 booking for the Fit NHB fighter.
Perry (14-6) will be fighting for just the second time this year, after a June victory over Mickey Gall in the UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker co-main event. That win snapped a two-loss skid for ‘Platinum’, including a brutal first round TKO defeat to Geoff Neal back at UFC 245. But was followed by a brief conduct suspension after video surfaced of an apparently inebriated Perry fighting with customers at a Texas restaurant. Perry has also, more recently, been the subject of harrowing domestic violence allegations from his ex-wife, which he has publicly rebuffed. Much like Means, Perry’s success in the Octagon has come in fits and starts, trading wins over Paul Felder and Alex Oliveira with losses to Donald Cerrone, Max Griffin and others.
UFC 255 is set for the Apex facility in Las Vegas, NV. Alongside the men’s flyweight title fight main event, a women’s 125 lb. championship bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Jennifer Maia is expected for the co-main. A flyweight top contender’s bout between Brandon Moreno and Brandon Royval will help round out the main card, alongside a rematch of Shogun Rua’s 2019 draw against Paul Craig. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and notes as fight night approaches.