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Highlights! Thomas Almeida starches Anthony Birchak in highlight reel finish at UFC 'Sao Paulo'

Wow. Just ... wow.

Thomas Almeida is for real. In front of a partisan Brazilian crowd the undefeated (20-0) Bantamweight prospect was under tremendous pressure to deliver at UFC Fight Night 77 action last night (Sat., Nov. 7, 2015) inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

And boy did he ever deliver.

The fight began with spirited exchanges on both sides, with Anthony Birchak looking to carry the momentum of his upset win over Joe Soto at UFC Fight Night 68 into another battle where he was the clear underdog.

HIGHLIGHTS! Thomas Almeida, Vitor Belfort Steal Sao Paulo Show With Killer KOs!

The aggressive Birchak landed early and often, seemingly walking through the strikes of the devastating Muay Thai practitioner.

The action was fast and furious in the first round, with several scrambles and opportunities. However, when the fight ended it came in dramatic fashion.

Almeida hurt Birchak with a flurry against the fence, finishing the exchange with an absolutely brutal knockout reminiscent of Lyoto Machida's knockout of Rashad Evans in 2009. Birchak's legs buckled under him and he was already well into Never Neverland by the time his brain bounced off the canvas.

If there is a list for knockout of the year, that will surely be near the top.

The end came officially at 4:23 of round one.

For complete coverage of the UFC Fight Night 77: "Belfort vs. Henderson 3" card, including live results and play-by-play, click here.

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