Carlos Condit enjoyed a successful return to MMA last night at the main event of UFC Fight Night in Goiania, Brazil — while Charles Oliveira kept his upward momentum at his new home at featherweight.
Condit, who had not fought since March of 2014 due to an injured knee, earned a TKO victory in the main event, stopping fellow welterweight Thiago Alves with a barrage of punches, kicks, elbows, and knees. After a close first stanza, where Alves landed several leg kicks to keep Condit at bay, “The Natural Born Killer” scored a knockdown in round two with a punching combination to turn the tide.
A bloodied Alves struggled to his feet and even attempted to secure a guillotine, but never really got back in the fight. By round’s end, Condit’s diverse Muay Thai arsenal, and some ground-and-pound, left the Brazilian bleeding profusely with a disfigured nose. The bout was eventually stopped by referee Mario Yamazaki, at the advice of the cageside doctor, after the conclusion of the second round.
In the co-main, Charles Oliveira enjoyed an electrifying performance, using a dynamic striking and submissions attack to score a win over old rival Nik Lentz. The two had fought to a no contest back in 2011, due to an unintentional illegal knee strike by Oliveira. This time, they split a pair of rounds — Oliveira’s striking carrying round one, Lentz’s grappling carrying round two — before Oliveira secured a guillotine choke early in the third stanza.
The two bouts brought an exciting end to what had been a somewhat slow-moving UFC event, with some slick jiu-jitsu from Alex Oliveira and strong ground and pound by Darren Till among the evening’s only highlights.
For a full results and play-by-play of the event, see our UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves Play by Play.