|Born||Thomas Guimarães Almeida|
July 31, 1991
São Paulo, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Team||Chute Boxe Academy|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu |
Black belt in Muay Thai
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Thomas Guimarães Almeida (born July 31, 1991) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2011, Almeida formerly competed for Legacy FC where he became the Legacy FC Bantamweight Champion, vacating the title shortly after signing with the UFC. As of July 15, 2019, he is ranked #15 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
Almeida made his professional mixed martial arts debut in November 2011. He fought extensively in his native Brazil and amassed a record of 7–0 with four wins via KO before making his Legacy FC debut.
He is managed by Wade Hampel of Big Fight Management.
Legacy Fighting Championship
Almeida was expected to face Aaron Philips on June 20, 2014 at Legacy FC 32 for the vacant Legacy FC Bantamweight Championship. However, Philips pulled out of the fight and was replaced by Caio Machado. Almeida won the fight via TKO in the first round to win the Legacy FC Bantamweight Championship.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Almeida made his promotional debut against Tim Gorman on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56. Almeida won the fight via unanimous decision, marking the first time ever he didn't finish an opponent in his pro career. The fight also earned him his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Almeida faced Brad Pickett on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189. Despite getting dropped twice in the first round, Almeida won the fight via knockout with a flying knee in the second round and also earned a Performance of the Night bonus.
Almeida faced Anthony Birchak on November 7, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 77. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win resulted in his third consecutive Performance of the Night bonus.
Almeida faced fellow undefeated prospect Cody Garbrandt on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88. Despite being the betting favorite, Almeida had no answer for Garbrandt's hand speed and accuracy and lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
Almeida was expected to face Marlon Vera on March 2, 2019 at UFC 235. However, Almeida pulled out of the fight on January 31, citing an injury. It was later revealed that he was experiencing major issues with his vision and required eye surgery.
Championships and accomplishments
- MMA Super Heroes
- MMASH Bantamweight Championship (one time)
- Legacy Fighting Championship
- Legacy FC Bantamweight Championship (one time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||21 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||21–3||Rob Font||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC 220||January 20, 2018||2||2:24||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||21–2||Jimmie Rivera||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum||July 22, 2017||3||5:00||Uniondale, New York, United States|
|Win||21–1||Albert Morales||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2||November 19, 2016||2||1:37||São Paulo, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||20–1||Cody Garbrandt||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt||May 29, 2016||1||2:53||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–0||Anthony Birchak||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3||November 7, 2015||1||4:24||São Paulo, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||19–0||Brad Pickett||KO (flying knee)||UFC 189||July 11, 2015||2||0:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||18–0||Yves Jabouin||TKO (punches)||UFC 186||April 25, 2015||1||4:18||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||17–0||Tim Gorman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux||November 8, 2014||3||5:00||Uberlândia, Brazil||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||16–0||Caio Machado||TKO (body punch)||Legacy FC 32||June 20, 2014||1||4:17||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States||Won the Legacy FC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||15–0||Vinicius Zani||TKO (punches)||MMA Super Heroes 3||March 30, 2014||4||3:52||São Paulo, Brazil||Won the MMA Super Heroes Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||14–0||George Pacurariu||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 26||December 6, 2013||1||4:31||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–0||Cemir Silva||TKO (punches)||Standout Fighting Tournament||September 20, 2013||2||4:42||São Paulo, Brazil||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||12–0||Willidy Viana||TKO (punches)||Alfenas Balada Fight 1||August 9, 2013||1||0:47||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||11–0||Valdines Silva||KO (knee and punches)||MMA Super Heroes 1||July 13, 2013||1||2:46||Louveira, Brazil|
|Win||10–0||José Alexandre||TKO (punches)||Bison FC 1||July 4, 2013||1||3:18||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||9–0||Gilmar Sales||TKO (punches)||Fair Fight: MMA Edition||December 16, 2012||1||2:32||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||8–0||Cody Williams||KO (elbow)||Legacy FC 15||November 16, 2012||1||2:28||Houston, Texas, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||7–0||Vander Correa||KO (punch)||Predador FC 22||October 20, 2012||1||2:21||São José do Rio Preto, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Michel Igenho||KO (punches)||Predador FC 21||August 11, 2012||1||3:02||Campo Grande, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Samuel Lima Brito||Submission (guillotine choke)||Gladiador Fight 3||May 19, 2012||1||1:32||Araçatuba, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Ivonei Pridonik||TKO (head kick and punches)||Nitrix Champion Fight 11||May 5, 2012||1||1:21||Joinville, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Edmilson Atanasio||TKO (punches)||Union Combat 1||April 4, 2012||1||1:57||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Jorge Fernando||Submission (armbar)||Gold Fight Selection 3||February 25, 2012||1||0:47||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Danilo Molina||Submission (armbar)||Thai Fight 3||November 29, 2011||1||2:16||Taboão da Serra, Brazil|
- "Fight Card - UFC 189 Mendes vs. McGregor". UFC.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
- "Fight Card - UFC 186 Dillashaw vs. Barāo 2". UFC.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Thomas Almeida - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- Peter Carroll (November 3, 2015). "Thomas Almeida: Reawaking the Dominance of Chute Boxe". FIGHTLAND.
- "Rankings | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
- "Thomas Almeida Fight Results". espn.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Knockout of the Day: The Standing One-Elbow KO". cagepotato.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Thomas Almeida meets George Pacurariu in Legacy FC 26 co-main event". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Legacy FC 26 results: Almeida knocks out Pacurariu, remains undefeated". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Caio Machado replaces Aaron Philips in Legacy FC 32 title fight". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Top bantamweight prospect Thomas de Almeida wins Legacy FC title with liver shot TKO". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Undefeated prospect Thomas Almeida signs with UFC". mmafighting.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Thomas Almeida vs Tim Gorman added to UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Thomas Almeida tops Tim Gorman in slugfest". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "UFC Fight Night 56 bonuses: Saint Preux, Leandro Silva, Almeida, Gorman win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "John Makdessi-Abel Trujillo, Thomas Almeida-Yves Jabouin added to UFC 186". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- Elias Cepeda (2015-04-25). "Almeida batters Jabouin with first round TKO at UFC 186". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
- Matt Erickson (2015-04-26). "UFC 186 bonuses: Yeah, duh – Demetrious Johnson got $50,000 for that craziness". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- Guilherme Cruz (2014-05-04). "Brad Pickett returns to bantamweight, meets Thomas Almeida at UFC 189". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- Steven Marrocco (2015-07-11). "UFC 189 results: Perfect flying knee gives Thomas Almeida sick KO of Brad Pickett". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- Chuck Mindenhall (2015-07-12). "UFC 189 bonuses: Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler's war good enough for FOTN bonus". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
- Marc Raimondi (2015-09-09). "Thomas Almeida, Anthony Birchak to meet in Sao Paulo". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
- Steven Marrocco (2015-11-07). "UFC Fight Night 77 results: Thomas Almeida stays perfect, flattens Anthony Birchak". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
- Staff (2015-11-08). "UFC Fight Night 77 bonuses: Who took home $50,000 for their stoppages in São Paulo?". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
- Hunter A. Homistek (2016-03-18). "Cody Garbrandt vs. Thomas Almeida targeted for UFC Fight Night 88 main event in Las Vegas". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
- Steven Marrocco (2016-05-30). "UFC Fight Night 88 results: Cody Garbrandt lays waste to Thomas Almeida for first-round KO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
- Staff (2016-10-18). "Thomas Almeida vs. Albert Morales set for UFC Fight Night 100 co-main event in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- Brent Brookhouse (2016-11-19). "UFC Fight Night 100 results: Thomas Almeida crushes Albert Morales for second-round TKO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
- Tristen Critchfield (2016-11-19). "UFC Fight Night 100 bonuses: Almeida, Ferreira, Antiglov, Munhoz pocket $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
- Mark La Monica (2017-05-09). "Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida booked for UFC on Fox 25 on Long Island". newsday.com. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
- "UFC on FOX 25 results: Jimmie Rivera's winning streak at 20 after decision vs. Thomas Almeida". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-23. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
- DNA, MMA. "Bantamweightclash tussen Thomas Almeida en Rob Font tijdens UFC 220 in Boston". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
- Dave Doyle (2018-01-20). "UFC 220 results: Rob Font finishes Thomas Almeida in second round". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
- Marcel Dorff (2019-01-10). "South American clash between Thomas Almeida and Marlon Vera during UFC 235" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
- Marcel Dorff (2019-01-31). "Following Holm vs. Ladd now also Thomas Almeida vs. Marlon Vera canceled" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
- "Thomas Almeida releases statement regarding UFC 235 withdrawal". The Body Lock. 2019-02-04. Retrieved 2019-02-06.