Thomas Almeida
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Brazil

Losing streak hits four
BantamweightUFC
March 27, 2021
Almeida lost to Sean O'Malley via KO (punches) at 3:52 of Round 3 at UFC 260 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was actually one of Almeida's more competent performances in recent memory. That's saying something since it resulted in his fourth-straight defeat and will almost certainly cost him his job. Almeida's toughness was on full display throughout the course of the fight, but he likely would have been stopped in Round 1 had O'Malley not assumed he had a walk-off victory following a monster knee to Almeida's face. Almeida was viewed as one of the very best prospects in the sport at one time, but it simply hasn't worked out for the Brazilian. He hasn't won a fight since November 2016 and appears likely to finish his UFC run with a .500 (5-5) record.
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Matching up with O'Malley
BantamweightUFC
February 2, 2021
Almeida will face Sean O'Malley in a bantamweight bout at UFC 260 on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Almeida is coming off a loss to Jonathan Martinez via unanimous decision in October, though he was more competitive than the decision would indicate. O'Malley will be back in the Octagon for the first time since suffering his first professional defeat at the hands of Marlon Vera in August.
Drops hard scrap in return
BantamweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Almeida lost to Jonathan Martinez via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
The scorecards don't quite tell the story here, as Almeida was competitive in the fight throughout, but just seemed a step behind his opponent all night, which resulted in the veteran being lit up with hard counters. The good news here is that Almeida didn't look bad after the long layoff, he was simply bested by the better man. Best of all, he took all of the hard counter shots well, as his chin was a bit of a question mark after his loss to Rob Font in 2018. Almeida falls to 22-4 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Fight date pushed back
BantamweightUFC
October 8, 2020
Almeida will now face Jonathan Martinez in a bantamweight matchup scheduled for Oct. 17 on Fight Island, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Almeida was initially set for a scrap with Alejandro Perez this weekend, but Perez had to withdraw due to a positive COVID test, leaving Almeida scrambling for a new opponent. He'll get one a week later in the form of Perez, a fighter who is 3-2 in the UFC after picking up a win against Frankie Saenz on Aug. 1. Both men stack up similarly from a physical standpoint, and technique-wise, both prefer a striking-heavy approach, which should bode well for a fan-friendly matchup.
Needs new opponent for next weekend
BantamweightUFC
October 2, 2020
Almeida needs a new opponent for his scheduled fight on Oct. 10, as Alejandro Perez withdrew Friday after testing positive for COVID-19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
With the move coming just eight days before the fight was scheduled to take place, there isn't much time left to keep Almeida on the card. There's yet to be any indication that he'll be removed, however.
Fight booked for October
BantamweightUFC
August 19, 2020
Almeida will fight Alejandro Perez in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for October 10, C. Contreras Legaspi of Laaficion.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Almeida has not fought with the UFC since January of 2018 when he lost to Rob Font via TKO. He is 1-3 in his last four fights with the promotion, but was once regarded as one of the division's top prospects. He'll now take on a fighter in a similar position in Perez, who is coming off back-to-back losses and a long layoff of his own. Almeida will have height and reach advantages here, in addition to a major edge in striking volume. His defensive marks are much poorer than Perez, however, and Almeida also doesn't have much of a wrestling game to speak of. Almeida is just 29 years old, however, so the time off could have given him plenty of opportunities to develop, both physically and skills-wise.