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UFC Fight Night 67 results recap: KJ Noons vs Alex Oliveira fight review and analysis

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Last night (Sat., May 30, 2015), KJ Noons and Alex Oliveira slugged it out at UFC Fight Night 67 inside Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. In a big win, Oliveira tapped out Noons quickly. Find out how below!

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights K.J. Noons and Alex Oliveira battled at Welterweight last night (May 30, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 67 inside Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil.

After a pretty dreadful run to end his Strikeforce career, Noons had entered something of a resurgence leading up to this bout. While his days as a contender -- if they ever really existed -- were over, Noons was looking to prove himself a consistent action fighter.

Oliveira was looking to live up to his "Cowboy" moniker. This was his second short notice bout in a row, though he came up just short in his debut against blue chip prospect Gilbert Burns.

This one didn't last long.

Noons was moving well and looking to land his punches, but Oliveira quickly forced his way into the clinch. From there, he forced his opponent down to the mat and began moving towards the back.

Rather than play it safe, Noons continued to ignore the threat of getting his back taken by trying to stand up immediately. That ended up costing him dearly, as the Brazilian slid around into full back mount. Suddenly, "Cowboy's" arm was under the neck, and the fight was over.

Not bad for 11 days notice.

This was a major win for Oliveira. The Brazilian performed quite well in his debut, but it was still a loss. He wasn't about to let that happen again, as he finished the notoriously tough boxer.

Oliveira showed good fight IQ and a well-rounded skill set by taking Noons out of his comfort zone. "Cowboy" is historically a knockout artist, but he switched it up to score the early submission win.

At this point, Oliveira should be considered a serious prospect. He's got a nice style of boxing, in addition to the grappling that he put on display tonight. Hopefully, the UFC gives him another mid-tier veteran in his next bout, so Oliveira can further develop his skills.

This was a major setback for Noons, who simply ignored the threat of the submission. He's actually been looking decent lately, but against a relatively inexperienced short notice replacement, he was finished in the first. For a longtime veteran, that's not a good sign.

Regardless, Noons is generally an entertaining fighter and will be kept around. For his next bout, Noons should scrap with fellow Fight Night also-ran Norman Parke.

Last night, Alex Oliveira's star shown bright in a quick finish of KJ Noons. How far will the lightweight go inside one of the UFC's deepest divisions?

For complete UFC Fight Night 67 "Condit vs Alves" results and play-by-play, click HERE!