The Ultimate Fighting Championship will head back to Brazil for the UFC Fight Night 67 card. The event will be headlined with a five-rounder featuring Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves.
Here are my UFC Fight Night 67 predictions:
Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves
Condit (29-8-0, 14 KOs) will return to the Octagon for the first time in over a year when he takes on Alves (21-9-0, 12 KOs) on May 30 at the Goiânia Arena in Goiânia, Brazil. Things didn’t go too well for Condit during his last outing against Tyron Woodley. A knee injury ended up costing him the fight. Alves got off to a poor start during his last outing, almost getting stopped during the first round of his bout against Jordan Mein, but he turned things around during the second round with a perfectly placed kick to Mein’s liver.
Both men love to stand and trade, plus they’re rather tough to keep pinned down, so there’s a decent chance a majority of this contest is spent standing. Condit’s arsenal is a bit more diverse than Alves’, and he’s proved his abilities against a more impressive list of opponents.
Alves, who will enjoy home-Octagon advantage, will likely struggle early as he did during his fight with Mein, but he won’t be able to turn things around this time against a “Natural Born Killer” like Condit.
Prediction: Carlos Condit wins via TKO.
Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
Lentz (25-6-2, 10 submissions) has carved out a niche for himself as a “Brazilian Killer,” grinding his way to victory his last two outings in Brazil. Adding Oliveira (19-4-0, 11 submissions) to his list of victims won’t be easy though. These two met in 2011, and Oliveira was the one who emerged victorious, forcing the stoppage via sub. Unfortunately, some controversy surrounding an illegal knee changed the result of the fight to a no contest.
Both men have made lots of improvements since then, particularly Oliveira, who is even more dangerous off his back nowadays. Oliveira has also improved his striking and takedown defense significantly. Lentz has made improvements of his own, but it’s hard to see it being enough to defeat Charles in Brazil.
Lentz might steal a round with his wrestling, but Oliveira will eventually lock something up and force a tap.
Prediction: Charles Oliveira wins via submission.
Remaining UFC Fight Night 67 Predictions:
KJ Noons defeats Alex Oliveira
Ryan Jimmo defeats Francimar Barroso
Francisco Trinaldo defeats Norman Parke
Wendell Oliveira defeats Darren Till
Jussier Formiga defeats Wilson Reis
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos defeats Nicolas Dalby
Mirsad Bektic defeats Lucas Martins
Ericka Almeida defeats Juliana Lima
Luiz Dutra defeats Tom Breese
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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