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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.

wsof 22

The World Series of Fighting will go head-to-head with UFC 190 on August 1, bringing out the big guns for an event.

WSOF 22 will feature three world title fights, headlined by Rousimar Palhares defending his welterweight title against Jake Shields. The main card airs on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. ET from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Along with Palhares-Shields, Marlon Moraes defends his bantamweight title against Sheymon Moraes and Magomed Bibulatov faces Donavon Frelow for the flyweight crown.

“This is, in my opinion, the most incredible lineup of fights featuring marquee talent that WSOF has put together since we launched the company in 2012,” said WSOF president Ray Sefo. “We have a collection of highly competitive matchups with top-caliber superstars that have all made some kind of mark in the sport, and it should be a spectacular night of world-class combat.”

The event will also include the return of Tyrone Spong, as he takes on Mike Kyle, while Abubakar Nurmagomedov – the brother of UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov – makes his WSOF debut.

One of the top leg lock specialists in MMA who has earned 11 of his 17 career wins using this method of submission, the 35-year-old Palhares (17-6) of Dores Do Indaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, will enter the cage looking for his third straight victory under the WSOF banner and his fourth consecutive win overall.

In his first two WSOF starts, Palhares turned in back-to-back first round submission wins – the first over Steve Carl by way of inverted heel hook to claim the promotion’s welterweight strap, and the second over Jon Fitch via knee-bar.

Like Palhares, the 36-year-old Shields (31-7-1, 1 NC) is also seeking his third WSOF win in a row after defeating his last two opponents – Ryan Ford and Brian Foster – inside of one round of action by way of submission.

During his stellar, 16-year professional career, Shields, who held world titles with the now defunct promotions Strikeforce and EliteXC, has faced and defeated a long list of rival icons, including all-time great Dan Henderson, and superstars Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley and Tyron Woodley.

Since making his WSOF debut with a split-decision victory over superstar Miguel Torres on the promotion’s inaugural card, Moraes (14-4-1) has been unstoppable and earlier this year, the 27-year-old secured his ninth straight win with a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Josh Hill.

The other Moraes has also been perfect since he jump-started his professional career with a unanimous decision win over Richard Medeiros. The 24-year-old, who has earned four of his seven career wins by way of (T)KO, made both his U.S. and promotional debut for WSOF, earning a split decision over Gabriel Solorio.

Bibulatov (9-0) of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia and Frelow (4-0) of Las Vegas represent two of MMA’s most heralded 125-pound prospects.

Bibulatov, whose first start for WSOF also represents his debut in the U.S., notched his ninth career win in March, scoring a first round (1:30) KO on Eduardo Felipe in Grozny. The 26-year-old’s most noteworthy achievement to date is his victory of a one-night, eight-man tournament when he defeated three consecutive opponents, including two by way of first round submission, to emerge the winner of the single-elimination affair.

Frelow is a 30-year-old member of Wanderlei Silva’s fight squad and a product of Las Vegas’ highly competitive amateur fight circuit where he amassed an overall record of 5-1 between 2011 and 2013, his only defeat being on the losing end of a split decision in May 2011. In his last appearance and WSOF debut, Frelow earned a unanimous decision over Taylor McCorriston.

After sustaining a broken leg in kickboxing competition in April 2014, Spong (2-0) will enter the cage for the first time since 2013 when he notched a unanimous decision over Angel DeAnda in WSOF action.

A three-time world kickboxing champion with over 80 career professional bouts in the sport, the 29-year-old former protégé of kickboxing legend “Mr. Perfect” Ernesto Hoost recently began pursuing a third combat sports career in professional boxing, as well, where he is a perfect 2-0 (1 KO), to date.

Kyle (21-12-1, 2 NC) is a battle-tested, heavy-handed finisher and member of Team AKA who has competed all over the world for numerous, major MMA promotions since he began his professional career in 2001.

The 35-year-old Kyle, who has earned 17 of his 21 professional career wins by way of (T)KO or submission, is coming off of a first round (1:56) submission (guillotine choke) victory over Baga Agaev.

Abubakar (9-1) of Makhachkala, Russia will make his much-anticipated debut on U.S. soil after inking a multi-fight agreement with WSOF in March. Nurmagomedov, who trains under his father, Abdulmanap at Khabib’s gym FightSpirit Team, is coming off of a first round TKO (punches).

Below is the current lineup:

WSOF Welterweight Championship
Rousimar Palhares (c) vs. Jake Shields

WSOF Bantamweight Championship
Marlon Moraes (c) vs. Sheymon Moraes

Inaugural WSOF Flyweight Championship
Magomed Bibulatov vs. Donavon Frelow

Tyrone Spong vs. Mike Pyle

Abkbakar Nurmagomedov vs. TBA

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