UFC’s Jailton Almeida books humanitarian MMA bout against man with Down syndrome

Jailton Almeida is a rising star in the UFC heavyweight division. He is set to take a unique detour from the ring for a special event in Brazil.

Almeida has maintained an undefeated record since 2018 and secured an impressive six consecutive wins in the UFC. He will be headlining the Demo Fight 18 event against Alvaro Borges, an athlete with Down syndrome.

Almeida has won by finishes in 19 of his 20 professional mixed martial arts bouts. However, he faced criticism for his lacklustre performance against Derrick Lewis in November 2023. Fans have persistently reminded Almeida of his alleged underwhelming display in his previous matchup.

Expressing their thoughts, one fan mentioned, “Dana sent him to purgatory after that last Lewis fight wow”

Another stated, “Still more exciting than his last fight”

Additionally, another fan expressed: “Hope he’s more aggressive than he was against Lews.”

A fan wrote: “If this is wholesome enough I might forgive him for the Lewis performance”

The Demo Fight was established in 2006 and has organized 17 events in Brazil. The competition’s theme is social inclusion. Almeida’s matchup with Down syndrome athlete Alvara Borges will serve as a motivational reminder of the sport’s inherent beauty.

Interim UFC heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall was initially eyeing a showdown with Jon Jones for the undisputed title. But his plans shifted after Dana White confirmed Jones’ impending title defense against Stipe Miocic upon his return to action.

Despite this, Aspinall remains resolute in his determination to stay active. He expressed a keen interest in defending his interim title. Aspinall is considering a potential face-off against the winner of the Curtis Blaydes vs. Jailton Almeida bout slated for UFC 299.

Addressing the prospect of a clash with either of these heavyweight contenders during a recent Q&A session, Aspinall showed enthusiasm by stating:

“Winner of Blaydes [vs.] Almeida sounds good.”