On Saturday at UFC 279, Almeida defeated Anton Turkalj (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a catchweight bout at 220 pounds. The fight lasted less than a round. As soon as the battle hit the mat, Almeida had Turkalj in a rear-naked choke and had him tap out.
Despite Almeida’s extensive list of early finishes, he doesn’t see anything easy in the preparation for the bout, as evidenced by Anik’s assessment that it was “too easy.” The commentary team was impressed by the Brazilian’s performance.
“First of all, thank you for your commentary. We trained so hard in the gym exactly for that,” Almeida said.
“It’s a process. We work so hard over there. I understand people may look at it and say, ‘OK, yeah that kind of looked easy.’ But no, it’s a process. We go all the way back there and we put so much of an effort during training so we can come over here to make it look easy in your eyes. But it’s a very hard-working process and we go all out at the gym.”