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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?
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
Cody Garbrandt: Chinless Thomas Almeida f—ed up his fight prediction, will get smashed with ‘big concussive punches’
One thing I can appreciate is a fighter who doesn’t beat around the bush.
Undefeated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight prospect Cody Garbrandt is gearing up for his upcoming UFC Fight Night 88 headliner opposite rising Brazilian star Thomas Almeida, which takes place Sun., May 29, 2016 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And the Team Alpha Male product told Submission Radio his “Sin City” opponent already fucked up.
“I’m a better martial artist than him all around. Wherever this fight’s going to go, I’m going to dictate the pace. He’s going to be my dancing partner, he’s gonna step to my beat. I guarantee you that. I’m a better athlete than him, I hit harder than him, I’m meaner than him. But this is the fight that I get up for. You know, the fights that may make me have to do extra work. I have a threat in there and he’s trying to give me my first loss, so I’m gonna give him his first loss. You know, he’s trying to do that, but I’m gonna do that. I really believe in myself. Like, he said that he’s gonna knock me out in the second round? If you truly believe that you’re the best, you’re 21-0 and this and that and everyone’s praising you, you finish me in the first round. You know? That’s where he fucked up. He don’t believe in himself. I’m gonna take him out in first round, guarantee it. He better hope that his chin holds up in the first round so he can make his prediction right in the second round and take me out. But it’s not gonna happen. He’s got no chin. I’m gonna test that early on, and you know, with a lot of big punches that he’s not going to be able to survive. You know, big concussive punches that are going to turn his brain off for sure.”
That sounds painful.
Garbrandt (8-0) is perfect in three trips to the Octagon, including his knockout win over submission ace Augusto Mendes back in February. Almeida (20-0), meanwhile, made a mockery of the Brazilian circuit before transitioning to the ranks of ZUFFA in late 2014.
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