Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC Fight Night 67 blew the roof off the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, last Saturday night (May 30, 2015) on FOX Sports 1.
For complete results from UFC Fight Night 67: "Condit vs. Alves" including play-by-play updates click here.
Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Nik Lentz, who was forced to tap to Charles Oliveira's air-tight guillotine choke (video replay here). And K.J. Noons, who was made to say uncle to Alex Oliveira after the Brazilian caught him in a rear-naked choke (video highlights).
But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?
"The Pitbull" looked to make it three in a row following impressive wins over Seth Baczynski and Jordan Mein. This time, however, he was facing a step up in competition in the former interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit.
And if you thought Alves was going to have a slight advantage over "The Natural Born Killer," who was coming off a year-long layoff due to ACL surgery, you were highly mistaken.
Condit showed no signs of ring rust, as he proceeded to put on a striking clinic against one of the most lethal strikers in the history of the division. For 10 minutes, Condit walloped Alves, who refused to wilt under the constant pressure, until he delivered a beautifully-timed standing elbow on the Brazilian's nose.
Once Alves hit the ground, Condit did what he does best, and that's attack his fallen foe with relentless ground-and-pound. Back on the feet, Alves didn't fair any better, as his broken nose (see it here) only received more punishment in the form of punches and elbows.
Thankfully, the ringside physician didn't allow Thiago to answer the call for round three, putting an end to the punishment and handing Condit a much-desired victory after such a long layoff.
For Alves, the loss is an unfortunate one, as he was just picking up some steam after injuries kept him intermittently riding the pine for over two years. Now, he has another injury to add to his list, as his broken nose required surgery to repair.
While there is no set timetable for "The Pitbull's" return, he will do just that, as the 31-year old is far from done and still has plenty of fight left in him. After all, there is no shame in losing to Condit.
When the Brazilian does return, perhaps a fight against Ryan LaFlare, who also came up short in his last fight when he faced Demian Maia, should be in order.