Thomas Almeida produced one of the best finishes of the year tonight at UFC Fight Night 77 with an absolutely devastating first round KO against Anthony Birchak.
Birchak the busier of the two in the opening minute, throwing out a few strikes while Almeida remains patient for now. Birchak tries for a single leg, but quickly gives up on that.
Birchak coming in again and Almeida lands a nice straight left counter. Birchak right back at it though and he pieces together a very nice combination of punches.
Almeida with a big right hand and it staggers Birchak. They go to the mat with Almeida looking for a submission, but it doesn’t pay off and they get back to the feet.
Almeida landing a good left hand over the top. He works to the body and then upstairs with a left hook and he’s warmed up nicely to this fight as the round has progressed.
Birchak in on a takedown attempt, but has to settle for pressing Almeida against the cage for now. They exchange in close and Birchak lands a few rangey punches as Almeida reverses away.
Ameida with a good combo. A big punch connects and Birchak retreats looking hurt. Almeida senses it and moves in for the kill, and does so in style with a four piece combo of left and rights, the last of which, a flush right hand to the chin, collapses Birchak straight down to the canvas – he’s out cold!
Brilliant highlight reel finish from Almedia there, one of the best KO’s of the year and he continues to look like a major force in the bantamweight division.