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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC Fight Night 88’s Thomas Almeida

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 88 headliner Thomas Almeida, who looks to knockout another foe this Sunday (May 29, 2016) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Chute Boxe representative, Thomas Almeida, is set to scrap with fellow knockout artist, Cody Garbrandt, this Sunday (May 29, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 88 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In just about 1.5 years, Almeida has moved from unknown Brazilian on the prelims to feared knockout artist in the main event. He’s won four straight fights in that time, earning a performance bonus with each victory. Just 24 years old, Almeida has already earned a position inside the Top 10. Now, he’s looking to take the next step and potentially earn a title eliminator match up by defeating another rising star.

Let’s take a closer look at his skill set:


As one would expect of someone out of the Chute Boxe camp, Almeida is a highly aggressive Muay Thai fighter. With 16 wins via knockout, it’s clear that the Brazilian is doing something right. On the whole, Almeida’s approach is fairly interesting. He’s a pretty average-sized Bantamweight and fits the build of a distance kickboxer, but Almeida instead pressures forward into the pocket to throw hands like he’s a musclebound slugger with one-punch power.

Despite all those knockouts, he doesn’t really fit that description.

Instead, Almeida capitalizes on his build by coming with insane conditioning. The Brazilian can fire off punches at an insane pace — even while taking hard shots — without batting an eye. Since he does hit hard, that’s a deadly threat that’s present for however long the fight is standing.

To get more detailed, Almeida usually starts the bout ….View full article

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