Carlos Condit is back. Like, for real, back.
No, "Natural Born Killer" didn't return from a year-long layoff to finish a top-ranked Welterweight contender, but he did handle a former No. 1-ranked division contender, Thiago Alves, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 67 last night (Sat., May 30, 2015) inside Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil.
It wasn't easy, though, because it rarely is inside the Octagon.
In fact, Alves most likely took the first round thanks in large part to his lower body attack. Condit, meanwhile, appeared to be in a spar session, moving a lot and landing a little. He did some spinning stuff, all of which looked off, just like his timing.
That changed quick.
Condit came out in round two and measured "Pitbull" with a hellacious left hand early as the 170-pound pair finished up a quick exchange. Alves was hurt, but Condit did the real damage moments later when "Pitbull" got back to his feet, connecting with a short elbow that more than likely shattered his already compromised nose.
Alves was gushing blood -- it was everywhere -- but he did not quit. He kept on battling, and would have likely battled until he was unconscious, but the ringside physician would not let him continue after the second round after a quick medical inspection.
It was a good call, one in the spirit of fighter safety. Condit was beginning to really heat up, his old form, and there was no sense in turning Alves -- who could barely breathe -- into a punching bag.
Look out, Welterweights, look out.
For complete results from UFC Fight Night 67: "Condit vs. Alves," including play-by-play updates, click here.