UFC returns to Brazil with heavyweight headliner  | Fights on Tap 

Check out all the MMA fights, including Curtis Blaydes vs. Jailton Almeida, announced over the past week in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

By: Kristen King | 4 months ago
UFC returns to Brazil with heavyweight headliner  | Fights on Tap 
Jailton Almeida at UFC Charlotte | IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all the fights booked in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions. The UFC either announced or finalized ten fights this week, and a potential return to Brazil featuring one of its up-and-coming stars is set. 

Since his arrival to the UFC after a successful appearance on Contender Series, Jailton Almeida has ran roughshod over his competition. ‘Malhadinho’ finished all of his opponents, which includes his most recent appearance. In his first headliner, Almeida received a step up in competition in Jairzinho Rozenstruik, one of the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division. 

‘Bigi Boy’ threw two significant punches, neither of which touched the Brazilian, who immediately got the fight to the ground and finished Rozenstruik via first-round rear-naked choke. After that, he said he wanted to continue to test himself against the elite of the division, so he requested Tai Tuivasa for his next fight.

The promotion went in a different direction, though, and gave Almeida Curtis Blaydes, who is easily his toughest test to date. Per Nolan King and Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie, ‘Razor’ returns to the Octagon after his first-round TKO loss to Sergei Pavlovich at UFC Vegas 71 this past April. The Elevation Fight Team product was previously on a three-fight win streak that included finishes of Chris Daukaus and Tom Aspinall. Blaydes vs. Almeida should be a fun one, folks. 

Announced UFC fights: 

UFC 289 — June 10

UFC Vegas 76 — July 1

UFC Vegas 77 — July 15

UFC 291 — July 29 

  • Joanne Wood vs. Priscila Cachoeira — women’s flyweight (First rep. by Harry Davies of Mirror Fighting)
  • Roman Kopylov vs. Claudio Ribeiro — middleweight 
  • Matthew Semelsberger vs. Yohan Lainasse — welterweight 

UFC Vegas 78 — August 12

UFC 292 — August 19 

UFC Fight Night — November 4

Announced Bellator fights: 

Bellator Dublin — September 23

Announced Cage Warriors fights: 

Cage Warriors 16 — July 1

  • Rory Evans vs. Jack Eglin — bantamweight 

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Kristen King
Kristen King

Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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