On Sunday, May 29, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 88: Almeida vs. Garbrandt from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
In the night’s main event, a pair of undefeated bantamweights locked horns as Brazil’s Thomas Almeida took on Cody Garbrandt. The 24-year-old Almeida had opened his career with 20 straight wins, with 16 coming by way of strikes. He had rattled off four straight wins inside the Octagon, including three straight stoppages. Garbrandt, meanwhile, stepped into the headlining affair with eight career victories. The former boxer had stopped seven of his opponents with strikes, including two of his last three under the UFC banner.
The co-main event featured former bantamweight titleholder Renan Barao, who moved up to featherweight to take on knockout artist Jeremy Stephens.
The 12-fight event kicked off Sunday with two preliminary card bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 6 p.m. ET. Four additional preliminary card bouts aired on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card taking place at 9 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.