After sitting on the sidelines for the better part of a year due to a torn ACL suffered in his fight against Tyron Woodley at UFC 171 back in March of 2014, Carlos Condit made a successful return to the Octagon by showing the mixed martial arts (MMA) world he hadn't lost a step.
And he did it against one of the best, as Condit beatdown Thiago Alves in the main event of last night's (Sat., May 30, 2015) UFC Fight Night 67 Fox Sports 1 event from inside the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.
For 10 minutes, Condit showed his striking ability by outclassing the Brazilian bomber on the feet with an array of kicks, flying knees, and elbows to the face which eventually busted up Alves enough to break his nose and force the referee to put an end to the fight at the end of round two.
"I think that my performance speaks for itself. I came out and got the finish against Thiago Alves, who is one of the top strikers in the division. It's not really my decision who gets the bonuses, I just got to get out there and fight, do my thing and I did that tonight. I am happy with that. It was amazing fighting here in Goiania. My entire career I've wanted to come and fight in Brazil. It was an all out amazing experience, the people, he fans were great."
He may have been denied the extra coin, but "The Natural Born Killer" doesn't want to be denied a title shot, as he boldly declared that he wants to face the winner of the upcoming title fight between welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald, which goes down at UFC 189 on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I want whoever has the title in a couple of months. Whether it's Rory or Lawler, I want that guy."
As impressive as Condit's return was, he still has to hope the UFC matchmakers were as impressed as the rest of the MMA community was, as Tyron Woodley -- the last man to defeat Carlos -- is also trying to make his case for a shot at the strap.
For complete results from UFC Fight Night 67: "Condit vs. Alves," including play-by-play updates, click here.