PREVIEW: Thomas Almeida vs. Rob Font
By: Bryce Featured Image Credit: MMA Junkie
As stated on the UFC 220 Storylines article, all of those pieces would be written about further. Here is the first installment, a true preview of the Bantamweight brawl between Thomas "Thominhas" Almeida and Rob Font.
Thomas Almeida, as mentioned in the Storyline post, brings the violence. He has one of the most diverse arsenals in MMA, and he's only 26, so he has yet to enter his MMA prime. He is one of the most exciting guys in the sport to watch. He just gives 110% every time he gets in there. This is also a big fight for him. He stands as a gatekeeper to the top 10 in the division and Rob Font is on the outside looking in. He is also coming off of a loss to Jimmie Rivera, making his UFC record 5-2. A good record, but not a great one. He needs to win in typical "Thominhas" violent ways and he is right back in the contender's race. His key to success will most certainly be his ability to impose his will and be aggressive in the octagon. That is when he is at his most dangerous, so look for him to try to cut off Font and use angles to slide in and throw a lot of precise volume.
A lot of people don't know who Rob Font is. I feel bad for those people. Font is a guy that can finish probably everyone in the division, and he is more than just a striker. He is a more well rounded fighter with 4 of his wins coming by submission. This is something he could potentially exploit. Nobody really knows how good Almeida's grappling is. He did get taken down in the Rivera fight, but one of Rivera's biggest strengths is his wrestling. That could be a strategy Font uses. Also, from his two losses, it has become clear that Almeida does not have the best of chins. He got knocked out by Cody Garbrandt, which is not the worst because he knocked out most guys on his way to the belt. He also got dropped twice in the FIRST ROUND against Rivera. If Font connects here, the lights could go out in Georgia.
As for my prediction for the fight (you can see this and other UFC 220 picks on our podcast!), I believe that this image says it all. I think Almeida's stand-up is too polished for Font and I see him securing the finish early in this one. With that being said, this is still an excellent matchup on what has turned into a strong 1st PPV of the year for the UFC.
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