The men’s bantamweight division has needed some new talent for while, and Brazilian firecracker Thomas Almeida has answered the call.

Taking on the veteran Brad Pickett in the opening bout of UFC 189’s pay-per-view card, Almeida started off taking a hellacious amount of damage, seemingly stepping into some of Pickett’s hardest punches. He was soon a bloody mess. But he rebounded quickly, and in turn wobbled Pickett with a punch of his own.

Despite that rally, Round 1 ended with Pickett probably ahead in terms of points and momentum.

Then came Round 2, and Almeida – the blood sponged off of him – leaped into a flying knee that put the Brit out just 29 seconds into the frame.

In taking out the veteran Pickett, Almeida has moved his record to 3-0 in the Octagon. Now is the time to kick up the competition level for him a notch and see how he fares.

I’m guessing he’ll fare pretty well.