Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) closed out the month of May in Goiania, Goias, Brazil last night (Sat., May 30, 2015) with the UFC Fight Night 67: "Condit vs Alves" event, which took place live on FOX Sports 1 from inside the Goiania Arena.
Former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit returned to the Octagon in impressive fashion, viciously beating down former No. 1 contender Thiago Alves en route to a second round (technical) knockout (highlights here). After a 14 month layoff, "The Natural Born Killer" got back into the win column, sending a message to the mixed martial arts (MMA) community that he is still a threat at 170-pounds.
The co-main event provided the "Fight of the Night" as Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira put on a show for the fans in Brazil, with "Do Bronx" settling the score with a picturesque guillotine choke early in the third round of their back-and-forth battle.
With that quick recap of last night's marquee bouts, it's now time to play matchmaker with our "Next Matches To Make."
Winner: Carlos Condit
Who Should He Fight Next: Tyron Woodley or Rory MacDonald
While I would love to see Carlos Condit finally throw down with Matt Brown, there is no guarantee "The Immortal" gets through Tim Means at UFC 189, and that means the "Natural Born Killer" will be heading for a rematch in his next Octagon bout.
After proving he is still very much a threat in UFC's stacked welterweight division, the former interim UFC champ could be fighting for gold once again if Rory MacDonald defeats the champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 on July 11th in Las Vegas.
Considering Condit already has a victory over the Canadian, the storyline is already hashed out for UFC brass.
If Lawler retains the title, I suspect Johny Hendricks would get the next crack at UFC gold, leaving "NBK" to rematch the man that ultimately aided in tearing his ACL, Tyron Woodley.
While Condit may not have looked all that great early on that fateful evening at UFC 171, the fight would be much different if it were a five round affair and Condit's knee didn't blow out about seven minutes in.
No matter who he fights, I can hardly wait to see the former interim champ back inside the Octagon.
Winner: Charles Oliveira
Who Should He Fight Next: Max Holloway
I want to see Max Holloway fight for UFC gold, but with Conor McGregor, Chad Mendes, and Frankie Edgar all at the doorstep, it is hard to imagine "Blessed" fighting for the title before yet another contender fight inside the featherweight division.
If the streaking Hawaiian does indeed fight again before a title shot, it just has to be against Charles Oliveira in what is almost guaranteed to be a "Fight of the Night."
After his seventh UFC submission and two more $50,000 bonus checks, "Do Bronx" once again proved why he is one of the most exciting fighters in UFC today.
Considering Holloway is widely adored for his enthralling fighting style, this is a fight that simply must be made.
Winner: Alex Oliveira
Who Should He Fight Next: Darren Till
Welterweight may be UFC's deepest division, and with another two undefeated prospects in Darren Till and Tom Breese earning UFC victories in their debut at UFC Fight Night 67, the talent pool only increased.
In his second UFC outing, Alex Oliveira put on a show after taking his fight against KJ Noons on only 11 days notice. Even though it was impressive, a win over the savvy veteran still doesn't put "Cowboy" anywhere near the top 15 of the division.
With that being said, why not match up Oliveira with fellow UFC Goiania winner Darren Till?
The Englishman is 13-0 with 11 finishes, while "Cowboy" is 11-2 with 10 finishes.
Can you say "Fight of the Night?"
Winner: Francimar Barroso
Who Should He Fight Next: Jan Blachowicz
I honestly don't care who Francimar Barroso fights next, and if he opted to leave MMA for good, his performances would certainly not be missed.
In one of the worst fights in UFC history, the Brazilian blasted Ryan Jimmo in the nuts (watch it here if you dare) before clinching him for the next seven or eight minutes to win the horrendous decision.
This guy lost to Hans Stringer, so you just know he isn't going very far even in the ultra-thin 205-pound division.
Hopefully UFC matchmakers give the Brazilian a fighter that could actually punish him, and I'd say the perfect man to do that is Jan Blachowicz.
Winner: Francisco Trinaldo
Who Should He Fight Next: Efrain Escudero or Drew Dober
Let's get one thing straight here: Francisco Trinaldo did not defeat Norman Parke, but the hometown judges gave the Brazilian the decision anyway, pushing his winning streak to three in a row.
Anyhow, Parke looked terrible while fighting a 36 year old that simply has no business fighting top-notch competition, and he still gave the bout away.
"Massaranduba" actually had some bright moments in the fight showing off some improved striking, but the lightweight division has absolutely nothing to offer the Brazilian other than loads of punishment.
I expect UFC brass to stash Trinaldo away until the next Brazilian fight card, and maybe he will face off against the winner of Efrain Escudero vs Drew Dober at UFC 188 next month.
For complete results from UFC Fight Night 67: "Condit vs. Alves," including play-by-play updates, click here.
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