Garbrandt came out guns blazing on Sunday night, and quickly put Almeida on the defensive with quick and hard punches. Just when it looked like Almeida might be getting back into the fight, Garbrandt poured on several more big shots and put the Brazilian fighter away.
“I knew I was gonna knock him out, like I said, in the first round, I knew that he had a suspect chin,” Garbrandt said. “He’s a phenomenal warrior, four fight night bonuses, I take nothing from him. I wanted to fight him, I knew stylistically that’s a great win for me. I knew I was gonna knock him out. I knew I was gonna exploit his weaknesses with my boxing and his style.”
Prior to this weekend’s scrap, Garbrandt did note that Almeida took quite a few shots in some of his UFC bouts to date. In those cases, he was able to recover and in turn record highlight reel stoppage wins. Against Garbrandt, however, any chance to recover was quickly bombed away.
It will be interesting to see where Almeida goes from here. If he can shore up his defense, he could very well make another title shot run.
Garbrandt, meawhile, is almost certainly going to face another, top ranked bantamweight next. If he wins that fight in convincing fashion, a title shot could come next.