The undercard for UFC 124 was an overwhelming success for Canada's countrymen but the only stumble on the preliminary portion came from T.J. Grant as he became Ricardo Almeida's stepping stone back to the win column. The Renzo Gracie blackbelt simply proved to be too much for Grant to handle as Almeida left the octagon in Montreal with a unanimous decision victory.
As the fight got under way Almeida was able to secure a takedown on Grant and put T.J. on his back. After a few moments of posturing Almeida stood up while in Grant's guard and reigned down a big shot landed flush. The Brazilian followed the punch back to the ground where he attempted to do damage but Grant proved resilient as he pushed the offense from his back landing several nice elbows. Almeida returned to his feet where he again attempted to land big punches but Grant used the spacing and cage to get back to his feet. The relief was short lived as Almeida drug Grant back to the canvas where the round would end with Almeida scoring with ground and pound.
The second round saw more pressure from Almeida as he put Grant on his back once again. Almeida worked to gain side control and appeared to have Grant in trouble with a lot of time remaining the round. As Ricardo worked to get the mount Grant found room to scramble and used the cage to get back to his feet. The only bright spot for Grant came when he was able to score a takedown of his own but just like the first round the second was all Almeida as well.
The final stanza saw the most aggression out of Almeida as he scored a strong double leg and immediately began working for the finish. Ricardo was able to get Grant's back and landed big punches before finally ending up in top position once again. Almeida pounded away at Grant and as the clock ticked away Almeida went for one last choke attempt before the fight came to a close.
The judge's card read all "Big Dog" as Ricardo Almeida scored a (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) victory in Montreal. It was a much needed win for Almeida as he bounces back from a disappointing loss to UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. For Grant the streak of win one lose one continues as he evens out his UFC record to 3-3.