Jailton Almeida made it look easy in his first fight in the UFC’s heavyweight division on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Almeida took on a game Parker Porter during the preliminary card of UFC Vegas 55 at the APEX. “Malhadinho” closed as the biggest favorite on the card and certainly covered the -600 line with an immediate hoist and takedown of Porter — who outweighed Almeida by over 40 pounds at Friday’s weigh-ins. Almeida went on to punish Porter for over four minutes before jumping on the New Englander’s neck for a rear naked choke, forcing a tap 4:35 into the contest.
Check out the video of the submission finish below:
After his originally scheduled light heavyweight matchup with Maxim Grishin fell through, Almeida made the choice to bump up a division to remain on the card. The 30-year-old is now 2-0 with two first round finishes inside the octagon after earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series.
With the loss, Porter’s three-fight win streak comes to an end.
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