UFC Fight Night 214 is quickly becoming a card to watch, though we’ve recently lost our main event between featherweight contenders Bryce Mitchell and Movsar Evloev.
We do however have the return of Jailton Almeida, who faces former AFC light-heavyweight champion Maxim Grishin on November 5, 2022, at the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
There has been an enormous amount of hype behind Almeida since he came to the UFC earlier this year in May, and for a good reason.
Following a 5-2 start to his career, the Brazilian prodigy has won his last 12-straight fights, three of which came inside the octagon. First, he’d submit (rear naked choke) his Contender Series opponent in September of 2021, before making his way over to the UFC earlier this year in February.
Almeida would win his promotional debut via first round TKO, before he was then scheduled to face Maxim Grishin.
However, Grishin was forced out of the contest for undisclosed reasons, and he was replaced by Parker Porter, who was 3-1 in the UFC and came into the bout on a three-fight win streak.
Almeida handily submitted (rear naked choke) Porter in the opening round, before returning to the light-heavyweight division to face then undefeated Anton Turkalj, who he also submitted with a rear naked choke in the first round.
This victory improved Almeida’s record to 17-2, and it was the 17th finish of his professional career.
That’s right, he’s finished every last one of his victories.
And he bounces back and forth from heavyweight to light-heavyweight regularly.
This bout opposing Grishin is to be contested at a 220 lb catchweight, so more or less, he’s going back to heavyweight for this one.
Grishin also switches divisions between heavyweight and light-heavyweight, and he came to the UFC in July of 2020 with a record of 30-7-2. What’s more, he’d gone 23-2-2 over his latest 27 contests after a 7-5 start to his career.
Since then, he’s gone 2-2, most recently defeating William Knight (UD) in a heavyweight contest earlier this year in February.
Who do you see coming out on top in this epic 220 lb catchweight bout?
Does Almeida finish yet another opponent, or is the experience of Grishin too much for the Brazilian finisher?
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