Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) closed out the month of May this past Saturday night (May 30, 2015) live on FOX Sports 1 from inside the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil with a sensational night of fisticuffs.
Carlos Condit returned in the main event of the evening, proving to still be a top contender in the welterweight division after a savage (technical) knockout victory over Thiago Alves (highlights here). The "Natural Born Killer" got his footing in the first round, and absolutely teed off on Alves in the second, leaving his opposition's face a mangled mess.
In the co-main event, Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira put on a show in their featherweight rematch with "Do Bronx" pulling off a beautiful guillotine choke in the third round of a back-and-forth fight.
With that quick overview of the night's marquee bouts, here are your biggest winners, as well as the runners-up from Goiania.
Biggest Winner: Carlos Condit
How could it possibly be anyone else?
After a 14 month layoff due to ACL surgery, fight fans eagerly anticipated Carlos Condit's return, hoping that his previous injuries wouldn't hinder his penchant for violence inside the Octagon.
Thankfully, it seems the "Natural Born Killer's" time off only boosted his desire to put on a highlight-reel show for his fans.
While the first round was a bit shaky as Condit shrugged off some jitters, he came alive in the second round and put on a ferocious beating on the Brazilian.
The win was not only one of the most impressive performances of Condit's career, but you can bet the former interim UFC champ will be right back in a top-contender fight very soon.
Who knows, maybe Condit vies for the No. 1 contender spot next?
"Do Bronx" only knows how to put on exciting fights.
The Brazilian earned his seventh UFC finish on Saturday night, securing a picturesque guillotine choke on Nik Lentz early on in the third round of their exhilarating featherweight battle.
Oliveira pushed his winning streak to four straight with his victory last night -- three of which have been submission finishes worthy of a $50,000 bonus check -- and all but assured him a shot at a top five contender next.
Oh, and did I mention he picked up $100,000 in bonuses?
Talk about a great night!
Anyone interested in seeing Oliveira take on the streaking Max Holloway next?
When you don the nickname of arguably the biggest fan-favorite on UFC's roster today, you better live up the name.
Take the fight on eleven days notice? Check. Win in violent and exciting fashion? Check!
Alex Oliveira put on a clinical performance against KJ Noons in Brazil last night, earning his 10th career finish in 11 professional victories.
Whether he fights in the welterweight division moving forward remains to be seen, but there is no question fight fans will be looking forward to "Cowboy's" encore performance regardless of what weight class he chooses to fight in.
Ryan Jimmo's fight with Francimar Barroso may truly have been the worst fight I have ever watched.
After getting his junk kicked into oblivion in the second round (watch it here) and subsequently vomiting into a bucket on the mat for about two minutes, "The Real Deal" somehow continued fighting, and everyone watching wished he hadn't.
After getting held on the cage for the next seven or so minutes with literally no action, Jimmo lost the decision against the Brazilian, and he will probably get the boot from UFC brass after his deplorable outing pushed his losing streak to two straight.
Anytime your face gets smashed this badly inside the Octagon (picture here), you just know it was a tough night at the office.
Thiago Alves looked strong early on against Carlos Condit, ripping off his patented leg kicks and landing some hard shots on the "Natural Born Killer" in the first round.
By the time the second round came about, Alves was in a world of hurt with Condit pressuring "Pitbull" with a violent array of strikes, including several vicious elbows that actually knocked Alves on his butt.
To his credit, the American Top Team (ATT) product never quit, and had the doctor not called a stop to the fight after the second round, you can bet Alves would have answered the bell.
A loss is still a loss, however, and any momentum he had heading into UFC Fight Night 67 was halted in a major way in Brazil last night.
Time for another tune-up fight for the former UFC title challenger.
"The Carny" had a huge opportunity to pull off a victory in Brazil, and he simply fell short of his goals.
Seeking vengeance for getting finished by Oliveira back in 2011 after an illegal knee, the ATT product found himself getting choked out again, but this time the commission won't be overturning the loss into a No Contest.
The No. 9-ranked featherweight put together a great fight, really gritting it out in many tough positions, but he simply could not break the vice-like grip of "Do Bronx" in the third round.
The loss is definitely a setback for Lentz as it was his second in a row, so his back will be against the wall in his next Octagon appearance.
Even though his UFC future may seem a bit threatened, a $50,000 bonus check for "Fight of the Night" will soothe the pain and probably assure him a few more shots to earn another victory before getting cut.
For complete results from UFC Fight Night 67: "Condit vs. Alves," including play-by-play updates, click here.