Jailton Almeida secured a unanimous decision victory over Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC Sao Paulo, despite spending much of the fight in a dominant top position. Almeida implemented his game plan from the start, consistently shooting for takedowns and controlling Lewis on the ground, resulting in a unanimous decision win with scores of 50-44, 50-44, and 50-45.
Almeida made it clear from the beginning that he would be looking for the takedown, as he immediately pressured Lewis and initiated the grappling exchanges. While Almeida spent much of the fight in advantageous positions like mount and side control, he didn’t prioritize inflicting heavy damage and focused on control time.
Lewis, known for his knockout power, attempted to explode off the bottom whenever possible to avoid being controlled by Almeida. While Lewis occasionally tried to land powerful strikes, Almeida ensured to bring the fight back to the ground.
As the rounds progressed, Almeida continued his grappling dominance but didn’t force submission attempts. Referee Marc Goddard advised him to stay active, as he maintained top control without unleashing significant ground-and-pound.
Towards the end of the fight, Almeida started landing heavier punches, and Lewis managed to briefly return to his feet. However, Almeida quickly brought the fight back to the ground until the final bell.
With the victory, Almeida maintained his undefeated record in the UFC, now at 6-0, and he earned his first decision win. Following the fight, Almeida expressed his interest in facing Ciryl Gane in his next bout and suggested they could fight in Paris or Brazil.
Jailton Almeida’s suffocating performance against Lewis showcased his grappling prowess, and he looks forward to future challenges in the heavyweight division.