Jailton Almeida



Underwhelming despite easy win
November 4, 2023
Almeida defeated Derrick Lewis via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The rare fight in which neither man managed to raise their stock. Yes, the numbers were lopsided in Almeida's favor. He closed with a 120-28 edge in total strikes landed. He connected on 6-of-15 takedown attempts, good for 21:10 worth of control time, a new heavyweight record. Truly insane numbers for a 25-minute fight. Yet as Michael Bisping correctly pointed out multiple times on the broadcast, he couldn't remember the last a referee had to warn a fighter to remain active from mount. Almeida was more concerned with keeping Lewis grounded as opposed to finishing the fight. Being wary of Derrick's fight-ending power was a smart move by Jailton, but you have to try to make a statement when you are hunting for a title and Almeida absolutely did not do that here. The Brazilian is a good wrestler and very strong. We knew both of those things entering the evening. Somehow, Almeida finds himself in a more questionable spot than when the night began despite the lopsided win.
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Given new opponent
October 9, 2023
Almeida will compete against Derrick Lewis in a heavyweight fight at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 4, according to Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl.
Blaydes was expected to be Almeida's initial opponent at UFC opponent, but he withdrew. Now, Almeida's next opponent is Lewis, who offers more knockout power but finish susceptibility compared to Blaydes.
Bout with Blaydes scheduled
June 1, 2023
Almeida will take on Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight contest at a UFC event in Sao Paulo on Nov. 4, MMAJunkie.com reports Thursday.
Almeida is ready for a headlining fight after disposing of four straight opponents in his last four contests. His most recent victory came against Jaizinho Rozenstruik, who he disposed of with a rear naked choke in the first round. That's becoming a trend for Almeida, who has used that move to finish opponents in the first round in three of his last four fights. His next opponent Blaydes will be a formidable foe, but he's coming off a loss back in April.
Fifth straight stoppage win
May 13, 2023
Almeida defeated Jair Rozenstruik via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:43 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 4 on Saturday in Charlotte.
If there was ever a fight that played out exactly how everyone expected, this was it. The entire world knew Almeida was going to shoot on Rozenstruik in hopes of getting him to the mat. Jair defended the first attempt, but the second one landed, effectively ending the bout right then and there. Almeida racked up some control time from top position before taking Rozenstruik's back and choking him out. Jailton first burst on the scene with a submission win on Dana White's Contender Series in September 2021. He's fought five times for the UFC since officially joining the roster in February 2022, winning all five via stoppage, including four in the first round. Now, it's worth noting those five wins have come against lesser competition (Rozenstruik, Shamil Abdurakhimov, Anton Turkalj, Parker Porter, Danilo Marques), but Almeida has been so impressive that the company likely has no choice but to give him a "name" opponent his next time out. After all, Almeida was given a main event slot here in order to help get his name out there, and he delivered. He'll also take home one of five $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses awarded on the afternoon for his efforts here.
Fighting again in May
February 20, 2023
Almeida will take on Jair Rozenstruik at the UFC event on May 13, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Almedia was able to run through Shamil Abdurakhimov last month. He has been on an impressive run in his short time with the UFC, dominating in each of his four bouts. He will get some better competition in a few months time against Rozenstruik.
Unstoppable run continues
January 21, 2023
Almeida defeated Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (punches) at 2:56 of Round 2 at UFC 283 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It was literally the most lopsided eight-minute fight you will ever see. Almeida was credited with 7:28 worth of control time in addition to landing 3-of-5 takedown attempts and an 89-3 edge in total strikes landed. That's what you get when you enter as roughly a -1000 favorite. Yes, the competition Almeida has faced in his first four UFC bouts has been exceedingly poor, but he's looked legitimately unstoppable thus far. Almeida will be turning 32 years of age in late June, so he isn't a kid. The company is going to have no choice but to push him sooner rather than later, whether that be at heavyweight or light heavyweight (he came in roughly 30 pounds lighter than his opponent here). In the meantime, he'll walk away with a $50,000 bonus after this effort was awarded Performance of the Night honors.