Thomas Almeida has knocked out 14 of his 18 opponents. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Following a three-fight stint at 125 pounds, Brad Pickett will return to bantamweight against one of the division’s hottest prospects, undefeated Thomas Almeida.
Pickett and Almeida will meet on the undercard of UFC 189 “Aldo vs. McGregor,” which takes place July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced the matchup on Monday.
Pickett, who has competed as high up as 155 pounds, struggled against speedier opposition as a flyweight, dropping back-to-back decisions to Ian McCall and Chico Camus in his last two outings. The Englishman has compiled a 6-4 record as a bantamweight in the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting, earning wins against the likes of Demetrious Johnson and Damacio Page.
Almeida comes fresh off a rousing first-round stoppage of Yves Jabouin at UFC 186, where the Brazilian earned “Performance of the Night” honors. In less than four years as a professional, the former Legacy Fighting Championship titleholder has racked up an impressive record of 18-0, with 14 wins by way of knockout and three via submission.