With his hype train derailed following a shocking first-round knockout loss to title contender Cody Garbrandt earlier this year, touted prospect Thomas Almeida was looking to rebound with a big win when he met lesser-known Albert Morales in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., November 19, 2016) UFC Fight Night 100 from the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil.
What he lacked in recognition, Morales more than made up for in heart, taking the fight to the highly favored “Thominhas” in his native land. He made an impact with some big shots and a takedown, even taking Almeida’s back.
However, it was the respected Muay Thai striking skill of Almeida that ultimately won the day, with a barrage of accurate punches and kicks leading to an impressive finishing sequence where the Brazilian future star felled Morales with a pinpoint uppercut to the liver. Watch the highlights of Almeida’s bounceback win right here: