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UFC Fight Night 88 fight card: Cody Garbrandt vs Thomas Almeida full fight preview

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Cody Garbrandt and Thomas Almeida will go to war TONIGHT (May 29, 2016) at UFC 198 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a match up of knockout artists, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight prospects Cody Garbrandt and Thomas Almeida will clash TONIGHT (May 29, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 88 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Garbrandt made his way into the Octagon after just five professional fights — and five knockouts — and has been perfect since. Now, he’ll look to make the step up from highly-regarded prospect to contender in the title mix.

On the other hand, Almeida had nearly 20 fights before first competing in the Octagon, but he’s also unbeaten and has finished a large majority of his opponents. If Almeida can score another victory here, he’s likely in line for a title eliminator bout.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for both men:

Cody Garbrandt
Record: 8-0
Key Wins: Marcus Brimage (UFC 182), Augusto Mendes (UFC Fight Night 83), Henry Briones (UFC 189)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Garbrandt fits the stereotypical Team Alpha Male mold of wrestler and boxer, but he’s quite refined in both areas. Highly successful in both of those individual sports, “No Love” fights with athleticism and aggression, having knocked out seven of eight opponents.

In this bout, Garbrandt should look to act as the counter striker. Almeida likes to push his way into the pocket — an area in which both men strikes comfortably — but often leaves himself open to punches while moving forward.

That’s a big opportunity for Garbrandt.

It would be smart for Garbrandt to establish his boxing with lots of jabs early on. Almeida often pushes straight forward with his hands ….View full article

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