With UFC 187 now in the rear view, it’s time to look ahead to the UFC’s next event. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the UFC will head to the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, for UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves.

This event has been ravaged by injuries and rescheduling, but at the end of the day, it’s still a pretty good card. The main and co-main events are solid and there are some solid prospects on the card. For a free card following a major PPV event, fans should be pleased.

Prospect Watch – Mirsad Bektic

The first bout on the Fox Sports 1 portion of the preliminary card features undefeated featherweight prospect Bektic. At just 24 years old, Bektic is already 9-0 including back-to-back wins inside the Octagon. In his first bout, Bektic showed a lot of heart of toughness fighting through being hit by a couple illegal knees. His second showing in the Octagon was a much stronger performance. Bektic still has a lot of things to work on, but it looks like the UFC is bringing his along slowly – which will be good in the long run. Bektic has the potential to be a real player at 145 in the next few years.

A Featherweight Dark Horse Will Emerge

The UFC featherweight division has become one of the most interesting divisions in all of MMA. And on Saturday, a new name will be thrown into the mix of fighters vying for position at the top as Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira battle it out once more. Having met once before at lightweight, both men know each other very well and since their first bout was overturned to a No Contest because of on illegal knee, both men have something to prove. This one should be a lot of fun.

Is Thiago Alves Back?

Once considered one of the best welterweight fighters in the world, Alves’ career after losing to Georges St. Pierre has been fraught with injury and turmoil. Since March of 2012, Alves has only competed twice; picking up wins and “Fight Night” bonuses on both occasions. It’s never been a question of talent with Alves. The big questions have always been about his head and his body. This main event on Saturday will tell us if Alves is truly back.

The Return of Carlos Condit

Condit is one of those fighters that you just can’t help but love as a fan. Much like Donald Cerrone, Condit is always game and he can compete with the best wherever the fight takes place. But it’s been over a year since Condit last stepped foot inside the Octagon. The last time we saw him, he suffered and ACL tear against Tyron Woodley. Knee injuries can be tough to come back from, so this is an important fight for Condit.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.