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UFC Fight is back! Jailton Almeida vs. Derrick Lewis might just be the highest level of grappler vs. striker that UFC's heavyweight division can produce. Almeida vs. Lewis headlines UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday night. UFC Fight Night prediction - Jailton Almeida vs. Derrick Lewis: Fight card, start time, odds, live stream
A new grappling threat terrorizing the heavyweight division meets UFC's most prolific knockout artist
The UFC is back in Brazil as Jailton Almeida bids to move towards a title opportunity by battling Derrick Lewis this weekend.
The home favourite was due to face Curtis Blaydes in a five-round clash before the latter was forced to pull out due to injury.
Almeida will now looking to keep his undefeated record up inside the octagon in the UFC Fight Night event, the first in Sao Paulo since 2019.
'Malhadinho' (19-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) may be set for his toughest fight to date in the form of two-time heavyweight title challenger Lewis.
'The Black Beast' (27-11 MMA, 18-9 UFC) cemented his staus as UFC's knockout king by finishing Marcos Rogerio de Lima inside 33-seconds in July.
Almeida (19-2) is trailing behind Sergei Pavlovich, Tom Aspinall and Ciryl Gane in the UFC's official rankings, but he completes the quartet of new-age heavyweights terrorizing the old guard. The monstrous athlete has finished all five UFC opponents and averages nearly six-and-a-half takedowns per 15 minutes. Almeida, 32, knows that he and his contemporaries are disrupting the status quo.
"We're a new generation that's maybe leaner and more in shape. No bellies or anything," Almeida told CBS Sports via a translator ahead of headlining in his native Brazil. "You even see Derrick Lewis in his last fight came in much leaner. I think they're realizing there's a new generation coming in and they need to change it up."
Almeida was originally scheduled to fight No. 5 ranked heavyweight Curtis Blaydes, the longtime grappling ace of the division. It was the perfect test to determine just how potent Almeida's grappling is. Almeida now fights backward in the rankings following an injury to Blaydes, but there is a silver lining.
I was going to fight Curtis, who honestly if I beat him it would do better for me in the rankings," Almeida said. "But unfortunately, he had an injury a couple of weeks ago and they brought me in Derrick Lewis. He's a guy who's very popular and very known.
UFC Fight Night viewing information
Date: Nov. 4 | Start time: 9 p.m. ET (main card)
Location: Ibirapuera Arena -- Sao Paulo
TV channel: ESPN+
Nobody finds the off-switch quite like Lewis (27-11, 1 NC). The heavyweight slugger holds the all-time UFC KO record with 14 finishes. Lewis' takedown defense isn't stellar, but his power is so immense that shooting on him can be a fool's errand. Just ask Blaydes. Lewis also has the mythical, tongue-in-cheek ability to simply stand up from underneath his heavyweight foes. Lewis claims he took the fight because nothing else was available and he knows very little about Almeida.
"I didn't know anything about him and I still don't know anything about him, but my coaches say he's just some grappling guy. I never watched any of his fights. I still haven't watched any of his videos. We're supposed to get together as a team tomorrow and all of his fights and study him. My coach has already been going stuff in the gym and letting me know what things to watch out for.
Lewis has a dry humor so it's hard to gauge how honest he's being with his laissez-faire attitude. What's more assured is Lewis' renewed commitment to the fight game. Lewis once contemplated retirement but is renewed after snapping his first losing streak with an elephant-sized flying knee against Marcos Rogerio de Lima that you need to see to believe. Lewis, 38, recently signed a "lucrative" new eight-fight deal with the UFC and plans to stick around for the long haul.
The undercard is loaded up with Brazilian talents looking to make a splash in front of their countrymen and women. One of the most notable prospects fights in the co-main event when Gabriel Bonfim takes on Nicolas Dalby at welterweight. Bonfim has dazzled in three appearances with all three fights ending in submission wins. Plus, Rodrigo Nascimento is set to take on Don'Tale Mayes at heavyweight, rising middleweight contender Caio Borralho battles Abus Magomedov and Rodolfo Vieira takes on Armen Petrosyan at middleweight.
Jailton Almeida record and bio
Date of birth: June 26, 1991
Height: 6' 3"
Total fights: 21
Derrick Lewis record and bio
Date of birth: February 7, 1985
Height: 6' 3"
Total fights: 38
Almeida vs. Lewis fight card
Jailton Almeida vs. Derrick Lewis; Heavyweight
Gabriel Bonfim vs. Nicolas Dalby; Welterweight
Rodrigo Nascimento vs. Dontale Mayes; Heavyweight
Caio Borralho vs. Abus Magovmedov; Middleweight
Rodolfo Vieira vs. Armen Petrosyan; Middleweight
Ismael Bonfim vs. Vinc Pichel; Lightweight
Elves Brenner vs. Esteban Ribovics; Lightweight
Victor Hugo vs. Daniel Marcos; Bantamweight
Elizeu Zaleski dos Dantos vvs. Rinat Fakhretdinov; Welterweight
Vitor Petrino vs. Modestas Bukauskas; Light heavyweight
Angela Hill vs. Denise Gomes; Women's strawweight
Lucas Alexander vs. David Onama; Featherweight
Eduarda Moura vs. Montserrat Ruiz; Women's strawweight
Kaue Fernandes vs. Marc Diakiese; Lightweight
Two true outcomes. That’s what our main event appears to offer up at face value, with either Almeida securing one of his suffocating submissions, or Lewis laying out the Brazilian with his patented horsepower. Sure, in between either of those possible moments, this one could experience some lulls, but Almeida is someone who pushes the pace with his grappling. He masterfully uses his ground strikes to set up his advances and submissions, and to be quite honest, the more I think about this fight, the more I feel like Derrick is going to get sub’d with an RNC.
The co-main event for this UFC fight night will take place in the welterweight division, when the 15-0 Gabriel Bonfim throws blows with a streaking Nicolas Dalby. Bonfim is a finishing machine! He blipped on the UFC radar with a first round Von Flue choke on DWCS, Gabriel posted up two official UFC wins with back to back guillotines that totaled just over two-minutes. As for Dalby, he’s won four of his last five outings, including a trio of consecutive decisions.
Also on the main card, the smaller Bonfim brother, Ismael, will with tussle with the gritty out Vinc Pichel. Ismael exploded onto the UFC scene with a wicked flying knee KO of Terrance McKinney, and then suffered a submission loss to Benoit Saint-Denis in his sophomore appearance. Pichel is currently on a respectable 7-2 run, but is looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Olympic silver medalist, Mark Madsen. Another matchup to keep an eye on is a middleweight scrap between Caio Borralho and Abus Magomedov.
The rest of the main card is stacked with Brazilian talent and features an intriguing clash of styles between Rodolfo Viera and Armen Petrosyan, as well as a matchup between rising middleweight contenders Caio Borralho and Abus Magomedov.
The event’s prelims also include Rinat Fakhretdinov attempting to extend his 17-fight win streak against Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and fan favorite Angela Hill taking on Denis Gomes in a women's strawweight contest.
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