Continuing their incredible stretch of weekly events, the Octagon touched down in Brazil Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 67.
With one perfectly-placed elbow, Carlos Condit served notice that he is still a threat in the welterweight division. Returning after a year-long layoff, the former interim UFC champion scored a finish vs. Thiago Alves after breaking his nose in the second round.
Alves wanted to continue, but the doctor called for the end of the fight. Condit was returning after undergoing knee surgery suffered during a loss to Tyron Woodley.
The co-main event stole the show, as Charles Oliveira ended his “rivalry” with Nik Lentz by securing his seventh submission win inside the Octagon. These two, who fought to a no-contest due to an illegal knee previously, went toe-to-toe through the first two rounds. It was Oliveira, though, who started the third quicker, jumping into a standing guillotine and holding it until Lentz tapped.
Alex Oliveira, who also carries the nickname “Cowboy,” earned a career-defining win when he submitted KJ Noons inside of three minutes. Oliveira replaced Yan Cabral and showed no issues fighting in a different weight class or at home.
In a very slow and methodical battle, Francimar Barroso downed Ryan Jimmo. The highlight, unfortunately, was a nasty low blow that nearly ended it for Jimmo. Brazilian Francisco Trinaldo showed off improved striking, claiming a split decision over former Ultimate Fighter winner Norman Parke.
For Darren Till, his UFC debut vs. Wendell Oliveira went just as his coaches wanted. Till “let Oliveira beat him up” for the first round, taking him down to start the second and knocking him out with a vicious elbow. The English fighter remained unbeaten with a knockout.
Rony Jason gave the Brazilian fans something to cheer about, locking up a triangle choke on Damon Jackson in the prelim main event. Jussier Formiga and Wilson Reis fought to a decision in a key flyweight affair, as Formiga claimed his 18th career victory and could put himself in line for a future title shot.
In a battle of Octagon newcomers, Nicholas Dalby claimed a split decision over Brazilian fighter Elizeu Zakeski, much to the surprise of Dalby. The featherweight division has another up-and-coming prospect, as Mirsad Bektic improved to 3-0 with the promotion after a second round finish of Lucas Martins.
British fighter Tom Breese had a picture-perfect Octagon debut, finishing Luiz Dutra with just two seconds left in the first round to open the card. Also, Juliana Lima earned a decision over Ericka Almeida in early prelim action.
Charles Oliveira and Lentz earned “Fight of the Night” honors, while Oliveira and Jason also picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses. The attendance was announced at approximately 3,500 inside the Goiania Arena.
Complete results can be found below:
Carlos Condit def. Thiago Alves via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
Alex Oliveira def. KJ Noons via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:51 of Round 1
Francimar Barroso def. Ryan Jimmo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Francisco Trinaldo def. Norman Parke via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Darren Till def. Wendell Oliveira via KO (elbow) at 1:37 of Round 2
Rony Jason def. Damon Jackson via submission (triangle choke) at 3:31 of Round 1
Jussier Formiga def. Wilson Reis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nicholas Dalby def. Elizeu Zakeski via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mirsad Bektic def. Lucas Martins via TKO (strikes) at :30 of Round 2
Juliana Lima def. Ericka Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Tom Breese def. Luiz Dutra via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 1