A big top-10 Heavyweight fight has just been announced for UFC 299: O'Malley vs. Vera. Curtis Blaydes will face Jailton Almeida in a currently undisclosed location and arena, on March 9th, per MMAFighting.
The two fighters were supposed to face each other on November 4th in a 5-round main event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but Blaydes was forced out of the bout and was replaced with Derrick Lewis.
This fight takes place in the Heavyweight (265 lbs) division.
Curtis Blaydes holds a professional record of 17-4-1NC (12-4-1NC UFC) and is ranked #5 in the Heavyweight division. His notable wins include Alexander Volkov, Mark Hunt, and Alistair Overeem.
Jailton Almeida holds a professional record of 20-2 (6-0 UFC) and is ranked #7 in the Heavyweight division. His credible wins include Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Shamil Abdurakimov, and Derrick Lewis.
Official betting odds have yet to be released.
Curtis Blaydes is coming off a devastating first-round knockout loss against rising contender Sergei Pavolvich. Blaydes, favored with the wrestling in the matchup, could not secure a takedown and was caught by Pavlovich before eating a barrage of shots. Before his loss, he was riding a three-fight win streak, with wins against Tom Aspinall, Chris Daukaus, and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. He's a decorated wrestler and a dangerous striker and will look to use all his tools to secure the victory in this matchup.
Jailton Almeida is now riding a six-fight unbeaten streak in the UFC. However, his last fight provided fans with more questions than answers. The fast Brazillian Heavyweight was able to dominate Derrick Lewis across five rounds but couldn't finish the short-notice replacement and was unable to find many openings for submissions or ground-and-pound. This fight against Blaydes will be a true test to see where "Malhadinho" is in the division.
This is an amazing matchup in the Heavyweight division, with the winner likely factoring into the title picture. As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know who you think will win in this matchup with a comment below.