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Heavyweight Showdown Back On: Blaydes vs. Almeida Set for UFC 299!

Heavyweight Showdown Back On: Blaydes vs. Almeida Set for UFC 299!

With a possible victory, the Brazilian heavyweight will knock on the door of the very top of the UFC heavyweight division.

by Sededin Dedovic
Heavyweight Showdown Back On: Blaydes vs. Almeida Set for UFC 299!
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A heavyweight bout that was originally scheduled for November is back in the spotlight, with Curtis Blaydes and Jailton Almeida set to collide at UFC 299 on March 9, 2024. The highly-anticipated fight was originally scheduled to be the main event of UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo, Brazil .

However, Blaydes suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw, making way for Derrick Lewis to come in as a late substitute. In the end, Almeida emerged victorious against Lewis by unanimous decision, extending his UFC undefeated streak.

Now, four months later, the Blaydes-Almeida showdown returns, adding a layer of excitement to an already stacked UFC 299 card. The event will be headlined by the highly anticipated bantamweight title fight between Sean O'Malley and Marlon Vera, adding to the buzz around the evening.

Razor has a chance to return to winning ways

For Blaydes, nicknamed "Razor," this fight represents a chance to bounce back from a first-round knockout loss to Sergej Pavlovic in April. This defeat marked only the fourth blemish on his otherwise impressive professional record, which currently stands at 17 wins and 4 losses.

Looking to regain his momentum, Blaydes will undoubtedly look to put on a dominant performance against Almeida.

15-game winning streak

Almeida, known as "Malhadinho", enters this fight with an undefeated record in the UFC, a perfect 6-0.

This stellar performance in the Octagon is further enhanced by an impressive 20-2 overall record and current 15-fight winning streak. Ranked number seven in the heavyweight division, Almeida has been steadily climbing the ladder towards the top, and a win over Blaydes would undoubtedly push him further into title contention.

While Blaydes holds the edge in experience, Almeida's impressive grappling and Jiu-Jitsu skills make him a formidable opponent. This bout will be a strategic battle, with both fighters using their strengths to gain an advantage.

Blaydes will likely rely on his superior wrestling to control the fight on the ground, while Almeida will look for opportunities to use his grappling expertise. A win for Blaydes would solidify his position as a top contender, while a win for Almeida would undoubtedly push him to the top of the division. The stage is ready for the spectacle at UFC 299, we will still have to wait a few months.