Top prospect Thomas Almeida is 17-0 as a professional. | Leonardo Fabri/Sherdog.com
Two new matchups have been added to the UFC 186 bill, as Thomas Almeida meets Yves Jabouin at bantamweight, while John Makdessi squares off against Abel Trujillo in a lightweight contest.
UFC officials announced the bouts on Thursday. UFC 186 takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal on April 25 and is headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao. The card also includes a key welterweight tilt pitting Rory MacDonald against Hector Lombard.
The 23-year-old Almeida improved his record to 17-0 in his Octagon debut, as he earned a unanimous decision victory over Tim Gorman at UFC Fight Night “Shogun vs. St. Preux.” That was the first time the Brazilian prospect had been forced to go the distance in his professional career.
An eight-time Octagon veteran, the 35-year-old Jabouin last appeared at UFC 174, where he captured a three-round verdict over Mike Easton on June 14.”Tiger” is 5-3 during his tenure with the Las Vegas-based promotion.
Makdessi saw a three-fight winning streak end at the hands of Alan Patrick Silva Alves in his most recent outing at UFC 169. Prior to that defeat, the Tristar Gym product had bested Sam Stout, Daron Cruickshank and Renee Forte in succession.
The hard-hitting Trujillo went 1-1 in 2014, scoring a second-round knockout against Jamie Varner at UFC 169 before submitting to a Tony Ferguson rear-naked choke in the second round at UFC 181 this past December.