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ufc fight night 67

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 67.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the Goiania Arena in Brazil, with bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1.

In the main event, former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit fights for the first time since March 2014, returning from a knee injury to take on Thiago Alves.

Top-10 featherweights Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira rematch from a bout that ended in a no-contest after the athletic commission ruled Oliveira had landed an illegal knee.

Other FS1 main card bouts include KJ Noons vs. Alex Oliveira, Francimar Barroso vs. Ryan Jimmo, Norman Parke vs. Francisco Trinaldo and Wendell Oliveira vs. Darren Till.

The action begins on Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET with two bouts before switching over to television at 8 p.m. ET for the remainder of the evening.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves

Featherweight: Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira

Lightweight: Alex Oliveira vs. KJ Noons

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Jimmo vs. Francimar Barroso

Lightweight: Norman Parke vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Welterweight: Wendell Oliveira vs. Darren Till

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Rony Jason vs. Damon Jackson

Flyweight: Jussier Formiga vs. Wilson Reis

Welterweight: Nicolas Darly vs. Elizeu Zaleski

Featherweight: Mirsad Bektic vs. Lucas Martins

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Female Strawweight: Juliana Lima vs. Ericka Almeida

Welterweight: Tom Breese vs. Luiz Dutra

ufc fight night 67

UFC Fight Night 67 goes down this evening from Brazil, as former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit returns vs. Thiago Alves.

Along with Condit-Alves, Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira square off in the co-main event.

Below are key media notes for those two fights, both of which FightLine will have complete coverage of later this evening.

“The Natural Born Finisher”

Since making his pro debut, Carlos Condit has made a living out of finishing opponents. In fact, 27 of his 29 career wins have been either knockout or submission victories, good for a 93-percent finishing rate.

His nine combined knockouts and submissions in the UFC/WEC are third-most in welterweight history, tying him with his opponent tonight, Thiago Alves. The two sit behind only Matt Hughes and Matt Brown.

Condit’s also claimed nine “fight night” bonuses, including five “Fight of the Night” awards.

Leg kicks aplenty

Between Alves and Condit, you can bet there will be leg kicks thrown in the main event.

Condit set the single-fight UFC record for leg kicks landed when he connected on 68 against Nick Diaz, while Alves has landed 232 leg kicks – the most in UFC history.

The former interim champion also gets stronger as the fast progresses, going from 2.7 strikes per minute landed in round one, to 3.65 in round two and 4.62 in round three. He has also landed almost 75-percent of his strikes from a distance and is one of just six welterweights to connect on 100 or more significant strikes twice.

Call him “KO” Alves

Alves has knocked down his UFC opponents a total of 11 times, which is the most among the welterweight division and sixth overall. He is one of only nine fighters in UFC history to knock his opponents down 10 or more times.

The eight knockout wins for Alves are second most in UFC welterweight history behind Brown’s nine.

Lentz likes to wrestle

Nik Lentz has landed 22 takedowns in UFC featherweight fights, which is tied for the second most with Jimy Hettes and six behind leader Dennis Bermudez. He also earned 27 takedowns while competing in the lightweight division, as his 49 total rank 13th all-time.

Lentz is also one of just three fighters to land 20-plus takesdowns in multiple divisions, joining Randy Couture and Demian Maia.

Per 15-minute featherweight fights, Lentz averaged just over five takedowns, including a career-high 10 vs. Diego Nunes. He’s taken down 11 of his 13 UFC opponents.

The submission wizard

Charles Oliveira is the submission leader in UFC featherweight history, finishing off four fights via tap. He is the first and only fighter in the modern era history of the UFC to earn his first six UFC victories via submission.

That includes an anaconda choke vs. Hatsu Hioki and a calf slicer vs. Eric Wisely. The calf slicer is the only one of its kind to take place inside the Octagon.

ufc fight night 67

Weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 67 event went down earlier today from Brazil, and you can find complete results below.

The main event features former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit returning from a lengthy layoff to meet Thiago Alves. Condit suffered a knee injury vs. Tyron Woodley in 2014, forcing him to undergo surgery and miss several months.

In the co-main event on FOX Sports 1, Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira meet for a second time. Their first battle was originally won by Oliveira before officials reversed it due to an illegal knee and ruled it a no-contest.

All 24 fighters made weight, including Condit and Alves coming in right at 170. Only Ryan Jimmo gave cause for concern, needing the towel to make 206.

Complete weigh-in results can be found below, along with a video replay:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Carlos Condit (170 lbs.) vs. Thiago Alves (170)

Nik Lentz (146) vs. Charles Oliveira (144)

Alex Oliveira (170) vs. KJ Noons (170)

Ryan Jimmo (206) vs. Francimar Barroso (205)

Norman Parke (156) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (156)

Wendell Oliveira (170) vs. Darren Till (171)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Rony Jason (146) vs. Damon Jackson (145)

Jussier Formiga (126) vs. Wilson Reis (126)

Nicolas Dalby (171) vs. Elizeu Zaleski (171)

Mirsad Bektic (146) vs. Lucas Martins (145)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Juliana Lima (115) vs. Ericka Almeida (116)

Tom Breese (171) vs. Luiz Dutra (170)

ryan bader

New UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier returned to his role as co-host of “UFC Tonight” earlier this week, just days after besting Anthony Johnson for the title.

Cormier is a former standout college wrestler who went on to compete in the Olympics, but the idea of being called “UFC champion” is one that tops it all.

“It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced, outside of my kids,” he said. “It’s something you dream about, but you never know if you’re going to accomplish it.”

After surviving an early onslaught by Johnson, “DC” was able to control the rest of the fight before locking up a submission. Following the announcement, Johnson placed the belt around the waist of the new champion.

“I just want to say thank you Anthony Johnson. You see many guys win and then the belt is put around the waist by Dana White. Johnson did that and made my time special,” he said. “I thank him for being the classy guy he is. I said a lot of good things about him before the fight.”

The night, though, wasn’t all perfect for Cormier. During the post-fight press conference, Ryan Bader stormed the scene and demanded a title shot. The two were scheduled to meet before UFC officials moved Cormier into the championship match after the suspension of Jon Jones.

“I don’t quite understand – you give a guy his moment,” he said. “Ryan, you deserve the shot at the belt, but there are better ways to do it. He thinks I ducked him. He was sent to New Orleans to get beat up by me in my home state. But don’t come to the press conference. Why would I be afraid of him?

“I’d love to compete against Jones again. If it’s Bader, it’s Bader. He’s won four in a row, but he hasn’t beaten the best four guys.”

vitor belfort

The UFC is planning to head to Japan later this year once again, and Gegard Mousasi wants on that card.

Mousasi, who topped Costas Philippou earlier this month to improve to 4-2 since joining the UFC, even has an opponent in mind.

Vitor Belfort.

Mousasi (37-5-2) is a former DREAM middleweight and light heavyweight champion. In fact, he was the last man to hold those titles. His last fight in Japan came in 2011 when he finished Hiroshi Izumi to defend his DREAM 205-pound belt.

Overall, Mousasi is 13-1 when fighting in Japan, including wins over Hector Lombard, Denis Kang, Mark Hunt and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

Belfort saw his three-fight win streak snapped by Chris Weidman for the UFC title recently. He previously competed for Pride in Japan.

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