UFC FN 88: Cody Garbrandt Storms Through Thomas Almeida
By FCF Staff
Cody Garbrandt made a compelling case for inclusion in the UFC’s top ten, bantamweight rankings tonight, by quickly taking out Thomas Almeida.
The Team Alpha Male fighter peppered Almeida with punches from the opening bell, and although the latter attempted to fight back, Garbrandt’s power proved to be too much. Midway through the opening round, Garbrandt put Almeida down with a booming right hand, and forced referee “Big” John McCarthy’s intervention.
Almeida had won 20 straight bouts prior to tonight’s UFC Fight Night 88 card. With the win, Garbrandt moved his record to 9-0.
In the co-headliner, Jeremy Stephens spoiled the featherweight debut of former bantamweight champ, Renan Barao. Stephens outgunned Barao in many of the striking exchanges, and was able to defend nearly all of the latter’s takedown attempts. After the thrilling and competitive fight, Stephens was awarded the UD win.
Here are the results for UFC FN 88, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Cody Garbrandt def. Thomas Almeida via KO (punches) R1, 2:53
Jeremy Stephens def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rick Story def. Tarec Saffiedine via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27))
Chris Camozzi def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lorenz Larkin def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Paul Felder def. Joshua Burkman via unanimous decision(29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sara McMann def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Abel Trujillo def. Jordan Rinaldi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jake Collier def. Alberto Uda via TKO (body kick / punches) R2, 1:06
Eric Koch def. Shane Campbell via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 3:02
Bryan Caraway def. Aljamain Sterling via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28 )
Adam Milstead def. Chris De La Rocha via TKO (punches) R2, 4:01