Garbrandt came out aggressively and immediately started landing big shots on Almeida. For a moment, it looked like the latter had weathered the storm, but Garbrandt proceeded to crack Almeida with a massive right straight, and that was that. The fight was brought to a halt.
With the win, Garbrandt moved his record to 9-0, and handed Almeida his first defeat in 21 fights. If Garbrandt isn’t a top ten ranked bantamweight come next week, some serious head scratching will be in order.
The co-main event was much more competitive, but in the end, the power of Jeremy Stephens proved to be too much for Renan Barao. Stephens was awarded the unanimous decision win.
Here are the results for UFC FN 88, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Cody Garbrandt def. Thomas Almeida via KO (punches) R1, 2:53
Jeremy Stephens def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rick Story def. Tarec Saffiedine via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27))
Chris Camozzi def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lorenz Larkin def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Paul Felder def. Joshua Burkman via unanimous decision(29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sara McMann def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Abel Trujillo def. Jordan Rinaldi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jake Collier def. Alberto Uda via TKO (body kick / punches) R2, 1:06
Eric Koch def. Shane Campbell via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 3:02
Bryan Caraway def. Aljamain Sterling via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28 )
Adam Milstead def. Chris De La Rocha via TKO (punches) R2, 4:01