Thomas Almeida competed at UFC Fight Night 100 and defeated Albert Morales by second round TKO, and eagle eyed viewers may have noticed that Almeida’s fighting style had changed quite a bit.
“This is a new style,” Almeida said at the UFC Fight Night 100 post-fight press conference. “I get to be more cautious, and not expose myself too much, find the gaps and whenever I feel comfortable, be the Thomas I’ve always been, aggressive and looking for the win at all times.”
Almeida does feel the pressure when he steps into the octagon due to his impressive record (21-1-0), but he likes new challenges.
“I think there’s pressure for every fight, I never want to lose,” Almeida said. “I can’t say how much weight, but there was some weight (on his shoulders). I’m very happy, very relieved I was able to represent my city well, in front of all these people, it was great. I want big challenges, want to fight the best. I want to be champion. But taking it slowly, I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew. Whomever they put me against I’m going to train hard, I’m going to stay focused and I’ll give my best, for sure it will be a win.”
Almeida has already won five fights under the UFC banner and is also a former Legacy Fighting Championships Bantamweight Champion.