Maybe UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo had a plane to catch.

Figueiredo used a guillotine choke to tap out up and coming challenger Alex Perez and defend his belt for the first time since winning it in July.

After some early strikes by both fighters, Perez caught a kick and tried to counter a leg submission from the guard by taking the back of Figueiredo. But the champion quickly rolled around and slapped on the guillotine, forcing the referee to call the bout at 1:57.

With the win, Figueiredo has now won five consecutive bouts. He was originally supposed to fight Cody Garbrandt, but Garbrandt had to pull out with an injury.

Sasha Palatnikov and Louis Cosce earned Fight of the Night, while Joaquin Buckley and Antonina Shevchenko earned performance of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

LOUIS COSCE  VS. SASHA PALATNIKOV

WINNER: SASHA PALATNIKOV VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:27

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LOUIS COSCE VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Cosce was having his way but then Sasha started cooking and pulled a Joe Frazier. Hong Kong is proud.

KYLE DAUKAUS VS. DUSTIN STOLTZFUS

WINNER: KYLE DAUKAUS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DUSTI STOLTZFUS VIA UD

Andrews: Good win for Kyle. Didn’t need the ground much here.

ALAN JOUBAN VS. JARED GOODEN

WINNER: ALAN JOUBAN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JARED GOODEN VIA TKO

Andrews: Jouban at 37 dug deep to pull out another great performance.

UFC 255 PRELIMS 

NICOLAS DALBY VS. DANIEL RODRIGUEZ

WINNER: NICOLAS DALBY VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DANIEL RODRIGUEZ VIA TKO 

Andrews: Rodriguez got outworked. Good win.

ANTONIA SHEVCHENKO VS. ARIANE LIPSKI 

WINNER: ANTONINA SHEVCHENKO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:33

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ARIANE LIPSKI VIA UD

Andrews: No doubt about this one. Dominant win for another Shevchenko.

JOAQUIN BUCKLEY VS. JORDAN WRIGHT

WINNER: JOAQUIN BUCKLEY VIA KO (PUNCH) R2 0:18

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JORDAN WRIGHT VIA TKO

Andrews: Good work by Buckley to finish it early. Wright just got overpowered and outs truck.

BRANDON MORENO VS. BRANDON ROYVAL

WINNER: BRANDON MORENO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRANDON ROYVAL VIA UD 

Andrews: That was an intense scrap. Amazon win by Moreno, he has to be next for Deiveson. Hope Royval’s shoulder is okay.

UFC 255 MAIN CARD 

MAURICO RUA VS. PAUL CRAIG 

WINNER: PAUL CRAIG VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 3:36

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAURICO RUA VIA UD

Andrews: Rua finally broke down. He got a draw the first time, but he looked old here. It’s time to hang them up.

KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VS. CYNTHIA CALVILLO 

WINNER: KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CYNTHIA CALVILLO VIA UD

Andrews: Calvillo uses her grappling and takedowns to nullify the striking of Katlyn.

TIM MEANS VS. MIKE PERRY

WINNER: TIM MEANS VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIKE PERRY VIA TKO

Andrews: Perry did show up, but give Means credit for taking the punishment and dishing out a bit more.

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS. JENNIFER MAIA

WINNER: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA TKO

Andrews: Maia is tough enough to take a round, but ‘The Bullet’ has too much firepower.

MAIN EVENT

DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VS. ALEX PEREZ

WINNER: DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 1:57

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO VIA TKO

Andrews: Get Demetrious Johnson back and let’s see what happens.

@kenaiandrews

UFC 255: Deiveson Figueiredo quickly chokes out Alex Perez