Once red-hot bantamweight contender Thomas Almeida will get a chance to turn things around against a fighter quickly on the rise.
UFC 235 takes place March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following expected prelims on ESPN+.
The booking changes Almeida’s plans after he announced a fight with Cory Sandhagen for UFC on ESPN+ 1 on Jan. 19.
After four straight wins put him on a collision course with a title shot, Almeida’s career went sharply downhill with a 1-3 run that included knockout losses to now ex-champ Cody Garbrandt and Rob Font. The 27-year-old Brazilian hasn’t fought since the latter defeat this past January.
Vera, meanwhile, has been trending up in the latter part of 2018 with wins over Wuliji Buren and Guido Cannetti that snapped a two-fight skid.
UFC 235 is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champ Jon Jones and Anthony Smith.
With the addition, the UFC 235 lineup now includes:
- Champ Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith – for light heavyweight title
- Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman – for welterweight title
- Cody Garbrandt vs. Pedro Munhoz
- Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
- Holly Holm vs. Aspen Ladd
- Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang
- Mickey Gall vs. Diego Sanchez
- Macy Chiasson vs. Gina Mazany
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Hannah Cifers vs. Polyana Viana
- Thomas Almeida vs. Marlon Vera
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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