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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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UFC Fight Night 119 Update: Rob Font, Pedro Munhoz to Lock Horns in Sao Paulo

A bantamweight clash pitting Rob Font against Pedro Munhoz has been added to the UFC Fight Night 119 lineup.
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UFC 213 Update: Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade Set for Las Vegas

A bantamweight clash pitting Rob Font against Douglas Silva de Andrade has been added to the UFC 213 lineup.
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John Lineker confesses that he’d never heard of Rob Font

CURITIBA — John Lineker had an impressive bantamweight debut against Francisco Rivera, scoring a first round submission in one of the most exciting fights of 2015, but a bout of dengue fever forced him to miss out on a big opportunity against rising prospect Cody Garbrandt in February.

After being sidelined for a few weeks, Lineker will finally return to action on Saturday night, and he confessed he didn’t know much about his UFC 198 opponent Rob Font before the fight was offered to his manager Alex Davis by UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby.

“I hadn’t heard about him before,” Lineker told MMA Fighting. “I just learned about him now. I started seeing his videos when the fight was booked, but I know he’s 2-0 in the UFC, and that’s it.”

Font, a 12-1 prospect from Tampa, signed with the UFC after scoring nine straight wins between 2012 and 2014, and stopped George Roop in his Octagon debut. It took him 18 months to return to action after suffering a pair of injuries, but Font returned in devastating fashion in January, finishing Joey Gomez at UFC Fight Night 81.

“He’s coming off 11 wins, he’s a dangerous guy who also hits hard, but I’m prepared for him,” Lineker said. “I’ve seen the mistakes he makes, the holes in his game, and I believe I will win another one. Fans can expect the same aggressive John Lineker. That’s my way of fighting, going for the knockout all the time.”

Problems with the scale prevented Lineker from fighting for the UFC flyweight championship early in his career. “Hands of Stone,” who has beat six out of the eight opponents he’s faced at 125 pounds from 2012 to 2015, now aims for the bantamweight gold.

“That’s what I’m going after,” he said. “I want to put on a show in this fight so they see me with different eyes and I get closer to the belt. Even with a fight booked, I’ve been studying Dominick Cruz’s game. We’re already studying the possibility to fight for the title. I’ve studied his game a lot.”

Cruz regained the UFC title with a win over T.J. Dillashaw in January, and defends his gold next in a trilogy bout with Urijah Faber at UFC 199 in June. The champion has a unique fighting style, but Lineker guarantees he has the perfect recipe to dethrone the bantamweight kingpin.

“He has to close the distance, he can’t run the entire time,” Lineker said. “When he touches me, I will counter. I’m not worried about his movement because he will have to close the distance, and that’s when I’m punching him. I don’t need to chase him, I’d wait for him.”

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Rob Font Replaces Aljamain Sterling, Faces Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night in Halifax

A lingering hand injury has forced unbeaten bantamweight Aljamain Sterling out of his scheduled meeting with Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night “MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.”
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Rob Font Replaces Aljamain Sterling, Faces Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night in Halifax

A lingering hand injury has forced unbeaten bantamweight Aljamain Sterling out of his scheduled meeting with Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night “MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.”
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Rob Font Replaces Aljamain Sterling, Faces Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night in Halifax

A lingering hand injury has forced unbeaten bantamweight Aljamain Sterling out of his scheduled meeting with Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night “MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.”
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Rob Font Replaces Aljamain Sterling, Faces Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night in Halifax

A lingering hand injury has forced unbeaten bantamweight Aljamain Sterling out of his scheduled meeting with Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight Night “MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.”
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Rob Font, Ian Entwistle out of UFC Fight Night 50 with injuries

The 50th UFC Fight Night card has suffered a change.

Ian Entwistle and Rob Font, who were scheduled to meet Dustin Kimura and Chris Beal, respectively, at the Fox Sports 1 card in Ledyard, Connecticut, on Sept. 5, are out of the card with injuries. With the change, Kimura and Beal will now face each other inside the Octagon.

BAMMA veteran Beal (9-0) made his UFC debut in April, scoring a vicious second-round knockout over Patrick Williams. Prior to the bout, the bantamweight scored two TKO finishes in seven professional fights.

More experienced inside the Octagon, Kimura (11-2) looks for his third win under the UFC banner after tapping out Chico Camus and Jon Delos Reyes. The Hawaiian fighter racked up a perfect 9-0 record as a featherweight before entering the UFC in 2013.

UFC Fight Night 50 takes place at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard and is headlined by a middleweight rematch between “Jacare” Souza and Gegard Mousasi. The current UFN 50 fight card is the following:

Ronaldo Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi
Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell
Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis
Joe Lauzon vs. Mike Chiesa
Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz
John Moraga vs. Justin Scoggins
Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm
Rafael Natal vs. Chris Camozzi
Chris Beal vs. Dustin Kimura
Sean Soriano vs. Andre Fili

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