It took former No. 1-ranked Welterweight contender -- and interim division champion -- Carlos Condit more than one year to return to action tonight (Sat., May 30, 2015) after surgery to repair a shredded knee, taking on Muay Thai demon Thiago Alves in the main event of UFC Fight Night 67 inside Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil.
And legs, it seemed, were on the Brazilian's radar early.
Alves whacked Condit with two significant inside-leg kicks in the first round, patiently waiting to counter "Natural Born Killer," who looked busy for the first half of the first round, but didn't do much. In fact, Condit missed with some spinning shit, and a few head kicks, as Alves ripped another kick to the lower-half.
Alves landed a nice right hand with 15 seconds to go, appearing to win the first frame over the rusty, but active, Condit.
Condit came out busy once again in round two, but Alves thumped another leg kick -- and then a right hand -- that forced him to take a step back. It didn't last long, though, as Condit dropped Alves with a clean left hook. Alves scrambled, his nose seeping blood, as Condit swarmed and began to dish out serious punishment.
Alves didn't just survive, but he got back to his feet and began swinging for the fences. Condit drilled him with monster short elbow along the cage, and then an elbow -- and left to the body -- before dumping Alves to the mat. Condit went for a choke and Alves slid out, barely, unable to breathe out of a possibly shattered nose.
Again, Alves got back to his feet -- his face blood-soaked -- and landed a high kick, and then another shot, before the round came to a close .
Between rounds two and three, the ringside physician visited with Alves and pretty much automatically on sight, called the match, saying the he would not allow the Brazilian to continue because of his Rich Franklin-esque nose (SEE THE PIC HERE).
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