Thomas Almeida


Added to UFC 235 ticket
January 11, 2019
Almeida will fight Marlon Vera at UFC 235 on March 2, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Almeida is looking to rebound from a pitiful stretch in which the Brazilian has dropped three of four fights. Vera, on the other hand, is trending upwards after defeating Wuliji Buren and Guido Cannetti in 2018.
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Knocked out again Saturday in Boston
January 20, 2018
Almeida lost to Rob Font via TKO (punches) at 2:24 of Round 1 at UFC 220 on Saturday in Boston.
As has been the case throughout his entire UFC career, Almeida gets hit way too much on the feet for a top fighter. Part of that is due to his aggressive style of fighting, but the truth of the matter is that his striking defense is poor. He ate four or five shots early in Round 2 that would have shelved any mere mortal and lived to tell about it before Font turned up the heat and forced referee Herb Dean to step in and call off the bout. Almeida is 1-3 in his last four fights. Now 26 years of age, it's fair to wonder if this issue is a correctable one for the Brazilian.
Comes up short against Jimmie Rivera Saturday
July 22, 2017
Almeida lost to Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (28-29, 26-30, 27-30) at UFC on FOX 25 on Saturday in Long Island, New York.
There is a whole lot to like about the talented, young Almeida, but he gets hit way too much on the feet and it's becoming an issue. Even in some of his victories, Almeida absorbed a lot of damage before coming out on top. The difference-maker for the Brazilian is his power. He scored a knockdown of Rivera on Saturday and he could've ended the fight in an instant. This was a close bout, but Almeida clearly came up short. His aggressiveness is what makes him a terrific young prospect, so you don't want to take that away from him, but we are beginning to see a consistent issue here that must be corrected if the 25-year-old hopes to take the next step in his MMA career.
To face Jimmie Rivera at UFC on FOX 25
May 9, 2017
Almeida will face Jimmie Rivera at UFC on FOX 25 at Long Island on July 22, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Almeida is coming off of a second-round knockout win over Albert Morales at UFC Fight Night 100 in November. He's officially 5-1 in the UFC, and will look to build his fight resume with a win over Rivera, who recently took down Urijah Faber and owns a record of 20-1.
Bounces back with TKO win over Albert Morales
November 19, 2016
Almeida defeated Albert Morales via TKO (punches) at 1:37 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Almeida looked strong in his first fight since suffering his first career loss at the hands of rising star Cody Garbrandt in May. Almeida still got hit far too often, something that an opponent with more power in his hands than Morales will take advantage of, but the important thing is that the 25-year-old Brazilian picked up the win. Almeida's aggressive style of fighting is entertaining to watch, but it will almost certainly result in him getting knocked out a couple of more times over the course of his career. Almeida's long-term ceiling is ridiculously high, but it's no better than 50/50 that he'll ever reach it.
Looks to rebound at UFC Fight Night 100
October 18, 2016
Almeida will face Albert Morales in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19, reports.
Almeida will look to rebound from his first professional loss to Cody Garbrandt back on May 29. He'll certainly have to be more active against Morales than he was against Garbrandt, as his 25-year-old opponent is unbeaten in his professional career (he fought to a draw against Alejando Perez in his last bout). Almeida was once (and may still be) the most highly regarded prospect in the 135-pound division, but needs to get back on the winning track if he wants a path to a title opportunity laid out in front him. Either way, Garbrandt likely gets that chance before Almeida.