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UFC Fight is back! Jailton Almeida vs. Derrick Lewis might just be the highest level of grappler vs. striker that UFC's heavyweight division can produce. Almeida vs. Lewis headlines UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday night. UFC Fight Night prediction - Jailton Almeida vs. Derrick Lewis: Fight card, start time, odds, live stream
A new grappling threat terrorizing the heavyweight division meets UFC's most prolific knockout artist
The UFC is back in Brazil as Jailton Almeida bids to move towards a title opportunity by battling Derrick Lewis this weekend.
The home favourite was due to face Curtis Blaydes in a five-round clash before the latter was forced to pull out due to injury.
Almeida will now looking to keep his undefeated record up inside the octagon in the UFC Fight Night event, the first in Sao Paulo since 2019.
'Malhadinho' (19-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) may be set for his toughest fight to date in the form of two-time heavyweight title challenger Lewis.
'The Black Beast' (27-11 MMA, 18-9 UFC) cemented his staus as UFC's knockout king by finishing Marcos Rogerio de Lima inside 33-seconds in July.
Almeida (19-2) is trailing behind Sergei Pavlovich, Tom Aspinall and Ciryl Gane in the UFC's official rankings, but he completes the quartet of new-age heavyweights terrorizing the old guard. The monstrous athlete has finished all five UFC opponents and averages nearly six-and-a-half takedowns per 15 minutes. Almeida, 32, knows that he and his contemporaries are disrupting the status quo.
"We're a new generation that's maybe leaner and more in shape. No bellies or anything," Almeida told CBS Sports via a translator ahead of headlining in his native Brazil. "You even see Derrick Lewis in his last fight came in much leaner. I think they're realizing there's a new generation coming in and they need to change it up."
Almeida was originally scheduled to fight No. 5 ranked heavyweight Curtis Blaydes, the longtime grappling ace of the division. It was the perfect test to determine just how potent Almeida's grappling is. Almeida now fights backward in the rankings following an injury to Blaydes, but there is a silver lining.
I was going to fight Curtis, who honestly if I beat him it would do better for me in the rankings," Almeida said. "But unfortunately, he had an injury a couple of weeks ago and they brought me in Derrick Lewis. He's a guy who's very popular and very known.
UFC Fight Night viewing information
Date: Nov. 4 | Start time: 9 p.m. ET (main card)
Location: Ibirapuera Arena -- Sao Paulo
TV channel: ESPN+
Nobody finds the off-switch quite like Lewis (27-11, 1 NC). The heavyweight slugger holds the all-time UFC KO record with 14 finishes. Lewis' takedown defense isn't stellar, but his power is so immense that shooting on him can be a fool's errand. Just ask Blaydes. Lewis also has the mythical, tongue-in-cheek ability to simply stand up from underneath his heavyweight foes. Lewis claims he took the fight because nothing else was available and he knows very little about Almeida.
"I didn't know anything about him and I still don't know anything about him, but my coaches say he's just some grappling guy. I never watched any of his fights. I still haven't watched any of his videos. We're supposed to get together as a team tomorrow and all of his fights and study him. My coach has already been going stuff in the gym and letting me know what things to watch out for.
Lewis has a dry humor so it's hard to gauge how honest he's being with his laissez-faire attitude. What's more assured is Lewis' renewed commitment to the fight game. Lewis once contemplated retirement but is renewed after snapping his first losing streak with an elephant-sized flying knee against Marcos Rogerio de Lima that you need to see to believe. Lewis, 38, recently signed a "lucrative" new eight-fight deal with the UFC and plans to stick around for the long haul.