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Thomas Almeida Says He’s Fighting Cory Sandhagen at UFC’s Debut on ESPN+ in Brooklyn

A bantamweight matchup pitting Thomas Almeida against Cory Sandhagen has been added to the UFC Fight Night Brooklyn lineup on Jan. 19.
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Thomas Almeida Says He’s Fighting Cory Sandhagen at UFC’s Debut on ESPN+ in Brooklyn

A bantamweight matchup pitting Thomas Almeida against Cory Sandhagen has been added to the UFC Fight Night Brooklyn lineup on Jan. 19.
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UFC 220 results from last night: Rob Font vs Thomas Almeida fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight kickboxers Thomas Almeida and Rob Font squared off last night (Jan. 20, 2018) at UFC 220 inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Almeida entered this bout having lost two of his previous three, putting some pressure on him to perform in this match up. Opposite a fellow striking specialist, the Brazilian was hoping to get back in the win column and title mix. Font was in a similar situation of beating up all non-contenders but struggling against the best. The Boston-native has scored some highlight reel finishes in the past, and one more here would do big things for his career.

Font took advantage of his opponent’s habit of starting slow by walking his foe back. Working behind the jab, Font set up his right hand and hunted for the takedown. It didn’t come, but Font was scoring well early on the Brazilian athlete.

As Almeida grew comfortable, he began to make adjustments. First and foremost, Almeida began to time the jab, countering with low kicks and the cross counter. Additionally, Almeida stopped backing off, standing his ground in exchanges and back Font up more often.

It was a competitive round, but Almeida finished strong.

Font didn’t like the end of the round one bit, and he went after Almeida at the start of the second. The Boston-native landed a pair of right hands that followed his jab, and the second one dropped Almeida badly. Font very likely could have finished his foe with punches, but he chose to wrestle instead, and Almeida was able to recover.

Ultimately though, it didn’t matter. Just as Almeida seemed to have his feet back under him, Font fired a head kick as the Brazilian slipped over to land a body shot. It connected clean, and Almeida slumped to the mat.

This had all the makings of a firefight, and both men delivered. It was a back-and-forth scrap that saw both men land hard shots, but ultimately it was Font who pulled ahead in the second round.

Stylistically, Font’s boxing seemed to match up well with Almeida’s historic lack of head movement. The Brazilian relies on distance to keep him safe, but that tends to fall apart opposite an intelligent jab. Font used the jab to work his way forward as Almeida back away, setting up his hard right hand repeatedly.

For a moment, it seemed like Font made a mistake by choosing to wrestle his rocked opponent. Once the two were back up, however, Font continued to pick his shots well, switching to the uppercut as his foe tried to block the cross. Finally, the right high kick was wonderfully timed, designed to counter Almeida’s favorite punch: the left hook to the liver.

More than anything else, it’s notable that Font managed to stick to the game plan this time around. Previously, adversity has caused him to abandon the strategy. Opposite Almeida, he definitely ate some hard shots and lost moments of the fight, but Font was able to trust in his skill set and pull out the finish.

Font is back in the win column and ready for another top 10 foe.

As for Almeida, his defense continues to plague him. Almeida looks wonderful on offensive, throwing great combinations at a high pace. His shots are punishing and the strike selection is great.

Unfortunately, Almeida’s defense style is not well-suited to MMA. For the most part, he either backs straight up or covers up in place and fires back. That’s great from a volume point of view, but smart strikers like Font will make sure his shots count more as Almeida focuses on returning.

In all likelihood, it’s an issue Almeida will need help to solve, likely by working with a different coach or camp.

Last night, Rob Font scored the biggest win of his career in front of his home crowd. Who should the knockout artist face next?

For complete UFC 220: “Miocic vs. Ngannou” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Jimmie Rivera vs Thomas Almeida on tap for UFC on FOX 25 on July 22

A clash of contending bantamweights is on tap for the upcoming UFC on FOX 25 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, locked and loaded for Nassau Coliseum on Sat., July 22, 2017 in what will be the promotion’s Long Island debut.

Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida, according to NY Newsday.

Rivera (20-1) has ripped through the 135-pound weight class to stake his claim to the top five of the division (see it here). That includes his unanimous decision win over Urijah Faber at UFC 203 last September.

“El Terror” has captured 19 straight.

He’ll definitely be tested against the hard-hitting Almeida (21-1), who rebounded from his knockout loss to UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt to smash Albert Morales at UFC Fight Night 100 in Brazil.

“Thominas” has a staggering 20 finishes in 21 wins.

UFC on FOX 25 is still waiting for its headlining bout; however, Patrick Cummins and Gian Villante will collide in light heavyweight action, while Frankie Perez and Chris Wade mix it up at 155 pounds.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for additional fight announcements in the coming weeks.

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Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida Booked for UFC on Fox 25 in Long Island

Bantamweight contenders Jimmie Rivera and Thomas Almeida will square off at UFC on Fox 25 on July 22.
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Albert Morales has one goal in mind: ‘avenge’ loss to Thomas Almeida

LAS VEGAS – Albert Morales talks to the media about his split-decision win over Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 209, getting his first win inside the octagon, wanting to avenge his loss to Thomas Almeida, and much more.

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Thomas Almeida expected better-ranked opponent than Albert Morales

Thomas Almeida is one of the top prospects in the UFC bantamweight division, but the first defeat of his professional career forced him down the rankings.

Almeida headlined UFC Fight Night 88 against Cody Garbrandt in May, but was stopped in the first round by the Team Alpha Male talent. Six months later, “Thominhas” returns to action in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 100 on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, against Albert Morales, and admits he was hoping for a better-ranked opponent on Nov. 19.

“A fight is a fight, and every athlete in the UFC is a great athlete, so I’m going there to do my job and win,” Almeida said during a recent media day. “I wanted to fight someone ranked higher than me, but it didn’t work. But I’m sure this opponent will be tough and I will have to prove I’m ready. My focus is on Morales now.

“I want so bad to get (at the top of the division that pressure) doesn’t bother me,” he continued. “I see this as a motivation, and nothing has changed. It was one step back to take more steps forward. I never said the road would be easy, but it’s part of the experience to go through challenges to become a real champion.”

The Chute Boxe fighter admits he didn’t even know who Morales was when his coach and manager Diego Lima called him to inform him of his next bout. A former BAMMA, RFA and Bellator fighter, Morales enters the cage holding a 6-0-1 record after fighting to a draw with Alejandro Perez in his UFC debut in September.

“I didn’t know him, so I looked up on YouTube on my phone and watched some of his fights,” Almeida said. “I didn’t know him, but I saw that he’s a tough guy who likes to stand. He’s taller, too. I will have more time to analyze and set a strategy. But I wanted to fight, I didn’t care who or where. There’s no easy fight in the UFC.”

Almeida was expected to be a part of the UFN 100 card in Sao Paulo since the event was first announced by the promotion, but he was only added to the card a month before. He won’t have more than four weeks to prepare specifically for Morales, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t training.

“I’ve been training since my last fight, so I was thrilled to get the news,” Almeida said. “I’m happy to be fighting at home. (Fighting on short notice) is not a problem. I wasn’t doing anything specific, I was just looking to evolve in all areas. Now it’s time to work on the things I need to do in the fight.”

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Albert Morales predicts second-round KO upset of Thomas Almeida

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Albert Morales’ second UFC fight is a co-main event clash with Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the young bantamweight spoke to MMA Fighting about the match-up, how he envisions himself beating the Brazilian prospect, and much more.

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Thomas Almeida wants UFC return in Brazil, still obsessing over Cody Garbrandt loss

It’s been nearly five months, but Thomas Almeida can’t seem to stop thinking about his first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) defeat to Cody Garbrandt at UFC Fight Night 88.

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In fact, it’s to the point that it’s consuming him, as he finds himself constantly playing the loss back in his mind night and day. Nevertheless, like many before him, Almeida intends to use the crushing, first-round knockout defeat as a learning tool moving forward.

For Almeida, getting back inside the cage will help move on, as he eyes a spot at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 100 event on Nov. 19, 2016 in his home country of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He breaks it down to MMA Junkie:

“I’m asking for that, but nothing’s settled yet. I really want that fight. I don’t have an opponent in mind, I just want to fight. I don’t care about the opponent. I just want to fight and erase that bout that’s stuck in my throat. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about (the loss). I’m thinking about it when I wake up, I go to bed thinking about it, I train thinking about it, all the time. But I can’t let it get to me. I need to see it as growth, see what’s wrong and improve and keep my eye on the goal – which is to be champion.”

Despite his brief setback, Almeida is still one of the top prospects in the bantamweight division, though his loss dropped him down to the No. 11 ranked fighter in the division.

As for Garbrandt, he’s at the top of the list to face Dominick Cruz for the 135-pound title later this year; which obviously makes Almeida’s loss to him sting a bit more.

That said, the young Brazilian will look to rebound in impressive fashion, as he says losing brought back the hunger he had when he first started in the sport five years back. And he vows to show his improvement in his next outing.

But against who?

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Fight Night 88 Highlights/Results: Garbrandt Sleeps Almeida, Stephens Upsets Barao + More

(via UFC on FOX)

With last weekend’s Fight Night 88 main event matchup between Cody Garbrandt and Thomas Almeida, we were being promised a glimpse at the future of the bantamweight division regardless of who won. More of us may have been banking on the latter to emerge as that future champion, sure, but it would be hard to discredit either fighter as anything but a top contender following an impressive win.

Given Almeida’s tendency to get rocked at least once in every one of his UFC fights thus far, one would assume that his camp would have placed an emphasis on head movement and staying off the line against a similarly devastating puncher like Garbrandt. Then again, this is Chute Box we’re talking about after all, so it’s likely that their gameplan for the fight never stretched beyond “swing for the goddamn fences and hope you land first.” As such, Almeida’s first round KO loss to the Team Alpha Male up-and-comer demonstrated that, as dynamic as the young Brazilian may be offensively, he still has a bit of work to do defensively. Live and learn.

What a fall from grace it’s been for Renan Barao. The former bantamweight kingpin was pummeled right out of his division in back-to-back appearances against TJ Dillashaw, and his featherweight debut against Jeremy Stephens in the co-main event of Fight Night 88 didn’t exactly sell him as a future champion of that division either. Despite a strong showing in the opening round, Barao seemed almost insistent on gassing himself out in the second and third with failed takedown attempts, and in doing so, allowed the veteran Stephens to find his rhythm in the exchanges and bust the Brazilian open on multiple occasions. Like Florian said, Barao may not be a broken fighter, but he’s definitely a defeated one at this point.

There wasn’t really much else to write home about on Fight Night 88, however, and the UFC on FOX channel has likewise opted against uploading any more highlight videos. With that in mind, let’s just touch on a few other noteworthy moments:

– Even in victory, Rick Story was left with a gruesome reminder of Tarec Saffiedine’s kicking abilities.

– After all that trash he talked, Aljamain Sterling just couldn’t get it done against “Mr. Tate” Bryan Caraway. The only thing worse than his performance? The absolute garbage takes on Twitter that came in the aftermath.

–Erik Koch looked like a goddamn man possessed against Shane Campbell and showed next to no signs of the ring rust you’d expect from a guy coming off his *second* two year injury. His post-fight mean mug = absolute savagery.

The full results for Fight Night 88 are below. 

Main card (FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET)
Cody Garbrandt def. Thomas Almeida via KO (punches) at 2:53 of round 1
Jeremy Stephens def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision
Rick Story def. Tarec Saffiedine via unanimous decision
Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision
Lorenz Larkin def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision
Paul Felder def. Josh Burkman via unanimous decision

Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET)
Sara McMann def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision
Abel Trujillo def. Jordan Rinaldi via unanimous decision
Jake Collier def. Alberto Uda via TKO (spinning back kick) at 1:06 of round 2
Erik Koch def. Shane Campbell via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:02 of round 2

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 6 p.m. ET)
Bryan Caraway def. Aljamain Sterling via split decision
Adam Milstead def. Chris De La Rocha via TKO (punches) at 4:01 of round 2

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