Jailton Almeida to Now Face Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night in November

Jailton Almeida has locked in a new opponent…

The 32-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist will face off against Derrick Lewis in a UFC heavyweight battle next month.

Jailton AlmeidaAlmeida was originally schedule to fight Curtis Blaydes in the main event fight before Lewis was selected to replace him.

Lewis (27-11) just signed a new deal after fighting out his contract in July. The new heavyweight matchup will headline UFC Fight Night on November 4 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Almeida and Lewis are currently ranked as the Nos. 9 and 10 heavyweights, respectively, by UFC. Lewis is far more established, having fought in the UFC since 2014, and he holds the record for most knockouts in the promotion’s history.

Almeida (19-2), however, comes in riding a wave of momentum. He is 4-0 in the UFC with four finishes, three of which came in the opening round. Most recently, he submitted Jairzinho Rozenstruik in May.

Current heavyweight champion Jon Jones is scheduled to defend his title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 in November.

If Almeida wins, he would enter title contention, along with Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall.

Jailton Almeida to Fight Curtis Blaydes in Upcoming UFC Fight Night

Jailton Almeida has locked in a new opponent. 

The 31-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist will face off against Curtis Blaydes in a marquee heavyweight matchup that will headline a UFC Fight Night in November, according to ESPN.Jailton AlmeidaContracts have not been issued, but both sides have verbally agreed to a five-round main event on November 4. The UFC has not yet announced the event; however, it is expected to take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Blaydes and Almeida are the Nos. 4 and 9 ranked heavyweights in the UFC, respectively. Although Blaydes has the more established résumé, there is a lot of hype building around Almeida, particularly after a first-round submission win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the main event of a UFC on ABC card last month.

Almeida (19-2) is 5-0 in the UFC with five finishes. He has fought at light heavyweight and heavyweight, and he is best known for his submission skills on the ground.

Blaydes (17-4) has been one of the most consistent heavyweights of the past seven years, but he’s suffered major losses in key moments against names like Francis NgannouDerrick Lewis and Sergei Pavlovich. He lost to Pavlovich via first-round TKO in his most recent appearance in April.

Jon Jones is the UFC’s current heavyweight champion. There are expectations he might face Stipe Miocic in late 2023, however the UFC has not officially booked that matchup as of yet.

Junior dos Santos Reportedly Agrees to UFC Fight Against Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Junior dos Santos is heading back to the Octagon

The 36-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist and a former UFC heavyweight championwill return to the cage later this summer.

Junior dos Santos

dos Santos has agreed verbally to a matchup against Jairzinho Rozenstruik for UFC 252 on August 15, according to ESPN and Combate.

dos Santos (21-7) will look to snap a two-fight losing streak. He most recently lost to Curtis Blaydes via TKO in January.

Rozenstruik (10-1) just suffered his first pro loss when he got knocked out last month by Francis Ngannou in just 20 seconds. Prior to that, the Surinamese fighter won his first four UFC fights.

The UFC has yet to finalize where the event will take place.