UFC 299 Prelims: Curtis Blaydes Halts Jailton Almeida’s Momentum in Miami

Curtis Blaydes did it again, folks. He saw an opening and took it, leaving his opponent wondering what hit him.

He’s part of the Elevation Fight Team, and this win at UFC 299 just reasserted his dominance in the heavyweight division. Blaydes finished Jailton Almeida with a flurry of punches in the second round. It all went down at the Kaseya Center in Miami. Just 36 seconds into Round 2, and it was all over. This victory marks his fourth win in his last five fights.

Almeida, on the other hand, had a strategy. He went for takedowns and mat returns in the first round. But, it didn’t really lead anywhere. It was, to put it bluntly, a bit of a pointless exercise.

Then came the middle stanza. Blaydes was ready. When Almeida tried for another takedown, Blaydes sprawled, unleashed a barrage of hammerfists, and didn’t let up. Almeida clung to his leg, but the relentless attack took its toll. The referee had to step in.

This loss was a tough pill for Almeida to swallow. It was his first since January 28, 2018, breaking his impressive 15-fight winning streak.

Switching gears to the women’s flyweight division, Maycee Barber showed what she’s made of. She faced off against Katlyn Cerminara and dominated the fight, leading to a unanimous decision win. The judges were all in agreement, scoring the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 in Barber’s favor.

Cerminara had her moments, especially at range. But Barber had a plan. She closed the distance, got into clinches, and let loose. Knees, elbows, short punches, shoulder strikes, foot stomps – you name it. By Round 3, Barber’s aggression peaked, securing her victory with two takedowns.

Barber, only 25, is now on a six-fight winning streak. She’s definitely one to watch.

Further down the line, Mateusz Gamrot had a bit of a rocky start against Rafael dos Anjos. But he turned things around, winning by unanimous decision after three rounds. The judges saw it his way, giving him scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27.

Dos Anjos had his moments, especially early on. He landed a knee strike, defended against a takedown, and connected with a right uppercut. But Gamrot didn’t let that phase him. He recalibrated, took control, and by the end, had clearly won the fight.

Meanwhile, Kyler Phillips put on a clinic against Pedro Munhoz. The judges unanimously saw Phillips as the winner, scoring the fight 30-27 across the board. Phillips used his reach, movement, and striking combinations to dominate Munhoz, who struggled to find his rhythm.

Phillips, at 28, has now secured three consecutive victories. His performance was nothing short of impressive.

Then there’s Michel Pereira, who made quick work of Michal Oleksiejczuk with a rear-naked choke in the first round. Just over a minute in, and it was all over. Pereira’s aggression and precision were on full display, marking his seventh straight win.

And let’s not forget about Robelis Despaigne. Making his promotional debut, he knocked out Josh Parisian in just 18 seconds with a series of punches. Despaigne’s victory was both swift and decisive, showcasing his power and skill.

In other action, Philipe Lins used his leg kicks to secure a unanimous decision win over Ion Cutelaba. The judges scored it 29-28 in Lins’ favor. Asu Almabaev also continued his winning streak, securing his 15th consecutive victory with a unanimous decision over C.J. Vergara.

Lastly, Joanne Wood ended her career on a high note, avenging a previous loss to Maryna Moroz with a split decision win. It was a fitting end to a remarkable career, with the judges scoring the fight 28-29, 29-28, 29-28 in Wood’s favor.

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