Thomas Almeida


Drops hard scrap in return
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.
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.
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Fight date pushed back
October 8, 2020
Almeida will now face Jonathan Martinez in a bantamweight matchup scheduled for Oct. 17 on Fight Island, reports.
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
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.
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
August 19, 2020
Almeida will fight Alejandro Perez in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for October 10, C. Contreras Legaspi of reports.
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.
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.
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.