You may have seen the name Thomas de Almeida pop up on your Bloody Elbow tab in recent weeks. That's because our own Patrick Wyman has profiled him as one of MMA's best prospects outside of the UFC/Bellator fold, and last night the 22-year-old Brazilian showed why he's considered a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
Almeida moved to 17-0, with all 17 wins by stoppage, after drilling Caio Machado (4-1) with a wicked left hook to the body to become the Legacy Fighting Championships bantamweight champion. It's rare to see that kind of power, striking fluidity, and killer instinct in the lower weight classes, and while there's virtually no chance of a 100% finishing rate being sustainable at the highest levels of the sport, I think Thomas de Almeida has more than earned a call-up to the UFC, whose bantamweight division is badly in need of depth.
For the curious, Caposa has provided the GIF of last night's 1st round finish:
For more background on Thomas de Almeida, here's a snippet of Patrick Wyman's latest piece on MMA's best unsigned prospects:
Thomas Almeida is a terrifying ball of eight-limbed Muay Thai destruction who would be one of the two or three best strikers in the UFC's bantamweight division if he were signed today. Despite his fine technical skill on the feet, Almeida's greatest asset might be his offensive output. He pushes an extremely quick pace that he can maintain deep into the fight, and this is something that tends to translate extremely well to higher levels of competition. Mostly a puncher, Almeida overwhelms his opponent with powerful and rapid head-body combinations. He rips a beautiful left hook to the liver, throws a nice overhand, and possesses fantastic elbows.