01 Jan Thomas Almeida returns to fight Alejandro Perez at Oct. 10 UFC event
Absentee bantamweight contender Thomas Almeida is back in the fold.
MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that Almeida (22-3) will fight Alejandro Perez (21-8-1) at a UFC event on Oct. 10 with a location still to be determined. Milenio was first to report the matchup.
This fight marks Almeida’s first since Jan. 20, 2018. “Thominhas” entered his 33-month hiatus with losses in three of his last four fights. He began his pro career 21-0 with four straight wins in the UFC before hitting his current slump. Most recently, he lost by second-round TKO to Rob Font at UFC 220.
Almeida, 29, had a fight booked against Marlon Vera for UFC 235 in March 2019, but was forced to withdraw due to issues with his vision.
Perez is coming off of back-to-back losses to Song Yadong and Cody Stamann. Prior to those setbacks, “Turbo” was on a 6-0-1 stretch that included wins over veterans Eddie Wineland, Iuri Alcantara, and Scott Jorgensen. He is competing for the first time since July 2019.