Jailton Almeida Sets Control Time Record with UFC Heavyweight Win vs. Derrick Lewis

Jailton Almeida has set a control time record en route to a big win.

The 32-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist defeated Derrick Lewis via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45) in the main event of UFC Sao Paulo on Saturday night.

Jailton AlmeidaAlmeida gave up about 30 pounds against Lewis, who cuts weight to make the 265-pound heavyweight limit, and the surging Almeida was still able to manhandle the knockout artist.

It was a one-sided fight, somewhat lackluster fight. Almeida took Lewis down time after time and got into many dominant positions over 25 minutes, but he could not get the finish. Almeida didn’t do a ton of damage either.

Almeida’s control time of 21 minutes, 10 seconds set a UFC heavyweight record and was fourth most overall, according to UFC Stats. It was the most control time in a UFC fight in 16 years, since Sean Sherk against Hermes Franca in 2007. Sherk’s 22:18 control time in that fight is the UFC record.

Almeida had never gone to decision in a win before in his 11-year pro career. The fight going the distance was +1300, according to ESPN BET.

“We were able to do that and keep him down and avoid his right hand,” Almeida said through an interpreter in his post-fight interview. “I was touched, and I didn’t really feel it.”

Lewis represented the toughest test to date for Almeida, who more than proved himself as a bona fide UFC heavyweight contender. Coming in, ESPN had Almeida ranked No. 10 in the world at heavyweight.

Coming in at 265 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in, Lewis likely gained weight before entering the Octagon on Saturday. Almeida, who weighed 236 on Friday, overpowered the bigger man, but there was also plenty of technique in his wrestling and grappling — just not enough to earn a submission or TKO.

Afterward, Almeida called out former UFC interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane and said he would do the bout in Gane’s home country of France.

Almeida (20-2) has won 15 straight fights, including his first six in UFC. The Brazilian-born fighter had finished 14 opponents in a row prior to Saturday night. Almeida, 32, had won three straight fight-night bonuses coming in.

Lewis (27-12, 1 NC) has lost five of his past seven fights. The Houston resident was coming off a 33-second TKO over Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC 291 in July. Lewis, 38, owns the record for most knockouts in UFC history (14).

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.

Jailton Almeida to Face Jairzinho Rozenstruik in UFC Fight Night in May

Jailton Almeida headed to the Octagon

The 31-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist will face Jairzinho Rozenstruik in a heavyweight matchup that will headline a UFC Fight Night on May 13, officials announced this week.

Jailton Almeida The event is scheduled to take place at Spectrum Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

It will mark the UFC‘s fourth trip to Charlotte and its first since January 2018.

Rozenstruik (13-4) will look to stay in title contention, after a much-needed knockout of Chris Daukaus in 23 seconds in December. The quick finish was Rozenstruik’s first win since June 2021.

Almeida (18-2) enjoyed a breakout year in 2022, when he went 3-0 inside the Octagon with three first-round finishes. He kept that momentum going in his first appearance of 2023, knocking out Shamil Abdurakhimov in the second round in January.