Cody Garbrandt vs. Thomas Almeida – Preview / Breakdown – UFC Fight Night 88
Why you need to watch: Cody Garbrandt vs. Thomas Almeida – UFC Fight Night 88 – May 29, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This preview is the result of a surprising amount of “fan” / subscriber requests for something on this upcoming fight between two of the top 3 prospects at 135 lbs. (Sterling as well). Both fighters are only 24 years old, undefeated and have shown incredible striking and finishing ability in their careers thus far.
Interestingly, Cody is a product of (Western) boxing and amateur wrestling, two very American staples, and he is native American himself. Almeida is a product of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a very (Chute Boxe) Brazilian approach to Muay Thai, so they are very good representatives of their respective countries as well. While I focus briefly on the grappling of Cody, with Almeida, I really didn’t have sufficient footage to display and/or explain much of his ground game, so I kept this to just an introduction of their stand-up / striking skills. Nothing fancy here everyone, just a fun fight preview. Enjoy, cheers!
Garbrandt: 24 years old: 5 ft 7 in / 135 lb. / Reach 68.5 in / Fighting out of: Team Alpha Male / 8-0 with 7 KO’s / All-American Wrestler in High School / 32-1 as an amateur boxer
Almeida: 24 years old: 5 ft 7 in / 135 lb. / Reach 70.0 in / Fighting out of: Chute Boxe Academy /Brown belt in BJJ / “Black belt” in Muay Thai / 21-0 with 16 KO’s and 4 Submissions.