It seems as if one of the bantamweight division’s top prospects will be sticking around the Octagon for a little bit longer. MMAJunkie has reported that surging Brazilian knockout artist Thomas Almeida has signed a new five-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

In a division scarce of contenders, the 24-year-old young gun Almeida has been a force as of late and could potentially be a true threat in the 135-pound division, as he has showcased absolutely lethal Muay Thai skills.

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Almeida, a former champion with a different organization, is currently 20-0 with 15 knockouts, as well as sitting at 3-0 inside of the world famous Octagon. The Brazilian debuted in November 2014, scoring a decision victory Tim Gorman, and he followed that with a first-round knockout over Yves Jabouin at UFC 186 last April in Canada.

Most recently, the surging prospect faced the toughest test of his career when he took on heavy-handed veteran Brad “One Punch” Pickett at July 11’s mega event, UFC 189 from Las Vegas. Not only did Almeida prove that he could hang with a proven opponent, but he proved that he could overcome adversity and still push forward.

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Getting rocked, dropped, and bloodied early on, Almeida battled back by scoring a phenomenal flying knee knockout in the second round.

With three post-fight bonuses in his UFC career, and currently being ranked at No. 15 in the bantamweight rankings, the Brazilian should be in line for a very exciting matchup, although as of now he does not have a fight scheduled.

Possibly a fight against a top-10 ranked fighter such as Bryan Caraway, or Aljamain Sterling, two men who have looked super impressive as of late would make sense.

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Who would you like to see Almeida fight next, and does he have what it takes to be a title contender in the 135-pound division?

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