UFC Fight Night: Blaydes v Almeida is scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo next month, with the headline event set to be the heavyweight showdown between Curtis Blaydes and home favourite Jailton Almeida.
Blaydes v Almeida will bring the curtain down on what promises to be an entertaining night of action, with the winner of the headline event set to move a step closer to a potential fight for the UFC Heavyweight title.
|What||UFC Fight Night: Blaydes v Almeida|
|Where||Ibirapuera Arena, Sao Paulo|
|When||Saturday 4th November|
|How to watch||TNT Sports|
|Odds||Curtis Blaydes , Jose Almeida 8/15|
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes v Almeida is scheduled to take place on Saturday 4th November, although the headline event is not expected to get underway until the early hours of Sunday 5th November.
The early preliminary fights for the card are due to get underway at 21:30 UK Time, but Blaydes and Almeida are not scheduled to begin their ring walks until 01:00.
The event will be taking place at the Ibirapuera Arena, which is located in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the home country of Almeida.
This will mark the UFC's ninth visit to Sao Paulo and their first since UFC Fight Night 164 in November 2019, when Jan Blachowicz defeated Ronaldo Souza via split decision in the headline light-heavyweight contest.
Yes. UFC Fight Night: Blaydes v Almeida will be available for viewers in the UK to watch on TNT Sports, although the exact broadcast times for the fight are yet to be confirmed.
These are two of the leading contenders in the heavyweight division, with Blaydes ranked at #5 and Almeida at #9, but it is the lower-ranked Brazilian who is the favourite to win this bout at 8/15.
Home advantage could be key for Almeida, who has not tasted defeat in almost six years, while Blaydes - who was beaten in his last bout by #2 ranked Sergei Pavlovich - is 13/8 to triumph and avoid suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in his professional career.
Since making his professional debut in May 2014, American Blaydes has an impressive record of 17-4-0, although one of those four losses did come in his most recent bout, when he suffered a TKO defeat to Sergei Pavlovich in April 2023.
Prior to that loss in Las Vegas, 32-year-old Blaydes had won three fights on the spin, defeating Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Chris Daukaus and Brit Tom Aspinall, although his victory over the latter did come after his opponent suffered a serious knee injury inside the opening 15 seconds of the first round.
Blaydes also counts the likes of Alexander Volkov and Junior dos Santos on the list of the people he has beaten, although as well as losing to Pavlovich, he has also been bested by Derrick Lewis and lost twice at the hands of Francis Ngannou.
Almeida's 19-2-0 record is impressive, especially when you consider the Brazilian has won 14 fights on the bounce, with his last defeat coming all the way back in January 2018 when he was edged out via unanimous decision by Bruno Assis.
Since that loss, Almeida, who like Blaydes is 32, has seen off the likes of Danilo Marques, Parker Porter, Shamil Abdurakhimov and most recently Jairzinho Rozenstruik, with his last three victories earning him the Performance of the Night.
Overall, Almeida has won seven of his fights via knockout and 12 by submission, which impressively means he has claimed all his victories without the need to go to the judges.
As well as the headline fight between Blaydes and Almeida, there is also a packed undercard to take in, including the lightweight contest between Ismael Bonfim and the evergreen 40-year-old Vinc Pichel.
Another experienced fighter, 38-year-old Dane Nicolas Dalby, will take on Gabriel Bonfim, one of two welterweight contests on the card, the other being Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos against Rinat Fakhretdinov.
Lightweight rivals Elves Brener and Esteban Ribovics will also go head-to-head, as will Angela Hill and Denise Gomes in the women's strawweight division.
The card is rounded off by the heavyweight showdown between Rodrigo Nascimento and Don'Tale Mayes, as well as Vitor Petrino against Modestas Bukauskas at light heavyweight level and a pair of middleweight clashes involving Caio Borralho and Nursulton Ruziboev and, firstly, Rodolfo Vieira, who will be up against Armen Petrosyan.
This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.