There has been an announcement of four new dismissals of fighters from the UFC roster, where one name, in particular, catches the eye. Not because his dismissal is a surprise, since he absolutely isn’t, but because of the whole story behind that fighter.
It’s about Thomas Almeida (22-5, 5-5 UFC). Almeida, today a 30-year-old Brazilian bantamweight fighter, was the biggest hit in 2015. He arrived in the UFC with a 17-0 record, which sounds great, but the fact that he recorded all the victories with a stoppage, even 15 of them in the first round, sounded even better.
In the first UFC fight, he greeted his first refereeing decision, but in his favor, and to that he added a bonus to the fight of the evening. The next three performances he returned to his habits. Three knockouts, two of them in the first round and all three times a bonus for the best performance.
Almeida thus became the first fighter in UFC history to take a bonus in his first four appearances. It was later surpassed by none other than Justin Gaethje. Almeida’s downfall began in May 2016, in his biggest fight and first “main event”.
He did not expect a defeat from Cody Garbrandt but immediately returned with a victory. But also the last in his UFC career. What happened then is hard to explain. Defeats by Rob Font and Jimmie Rivera, then a break of almost three years, then defeats by Jonathan Martinez, and the last by Sean O'Malley.
Four in a row he failed to “survive” and will have to look for a new employer. But also the answer to what happened and how the killer super talent suddenly managed to fall like that.
He was joined among the fired by three fighters who performed at the UFC’s September 18 Fight Night.
The first of them is Antonio Arroyo, whose defeat by Joaquin Buckley was the third in a row, then Mike Rodriguez, who ends his UFC adventure with a ratio of 3-5, and Sarah Alpar, who made only two appearances after the Contender Series in the Octagon.
She obviously left a bad impression on them to be given a third chance. With this move, the UFC for the umpteenth time makes it known that it is the biggest organization and that only the biggest and best fighters at the moment can join.
The competition is too strong, and therefore it is not surprising why some fighters suddenly start to "fall" and why they are met with such a fate. You have to be a wolf among wolves!