Saturday night, the UFC heads back to Brazil for Fight Night 67 where we will see two former welterweight title challengers face each other in what has “Fight Of The Year” written all over it. #4 Ranked Carlos Condit (29-8-0) takes on #12 ranked Thiago Alves (26-9-0) in the main event. Condit is coming off of a devastating loss to Tyron Woodley at UFC 171 in March of 2014, where he suffered a torn ACL from a hard take down followed by a heavy kick from Woodley, that would force Condit to have a surgery that would put him on the shelf for over a year. Alves last fought in January of this year where he defeated Jordan Mein at UFC 183 in the second round by TKO.

Alves has had several problems in his UFC career, between injuries and missing weight, but when “he is on, he is on”, and can beat anyone in the weight class. With both fighters having faced former welterweight kingpin, Georges St. Pierre, for the welterweight title and both fighters taking the fight to a decision, we know that they both have what it takes to be in the top ranks of the division. If Alves can make-weight and stay injury free, there is no reason he can’t work his way into the top five welterweights in the company.

This fight to me could be an all out war as both fighters are known for the destructive power and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the victory. If Alves can put pressure on Condit early in the fight and hurt him, I see Alves taking home the “W”. This will be a great test for two fighters that are looking to get another title shot in an already talent rich weight class. Will Alves be able to capitalize on the fact that Condit has been out for over a year or will we see the Alves that doesn’t show up for the fight like we all know he can?

Pressure

Alves needs to come out strong and fast like a Tasmanian Devil against Condit who usually starts out slow and picks up momentum as the fight goes on. It seems like the more Condit gets hurt and the longer the fight lasts the better chance he has of wearing out his opponent and eventually winning. Alves needs to put heavy pressure on Condit and work to get the fight to the ground where he can work his wrestling and jiu-jitsu on a fighter that I fill has a better stand up game. Not taking away the fact that Alves hits hard and can knock any one out, I don’t think his striking is on the same level as Condit. So pressure, pressure, and more pressure is what Alves will need to take out the man known as “The Natural Born Killer”.

Wrestling

Alves does have a great stand up game, but in this case he is not the superior striker in my opinion. Alves will want to work fast for the clinch and take the less experienced wrestler in Condit to the ground where he can use his shorter, larger stature to control the taller lankier fighter and work to get into a position to use his ground-and-pound to hopefully get the TKO. Shoot fast, go for the take down, and use your wrestling to take the fight where you want it.

Power

We all know Condit can take a licking and keep ticking as we have seen him face the likes of (GSP, Jake Ellenberger, Martin Kampmann, Rory McDonald, Dan Hardy, Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley) in many of these fights Condit was taken into deep water to only come back with his “killer instinct” and walk away victorious. Alves will want to use his larger stronger build and his power to dictate where the fight goes and hopefully land that one powerful strike that will put away a man that so many others  have tried and failed. So power is what it will take for Alves to get himself one step closer to another title shot.

Prediction: Condit “TKO” (Round 4)

About The Author

Jeremiah York
Staff Writer

In 1993 at 16 years old my Mom let me order UFC #1 on PPV. Then and there my life changed! To find a sport that put man against man, skill against skill in the rawest form was absolutely amazing! My love for MMA was found and I have been following all aspects of Combat Sports since. If I'm not traveling to watch fights I am studying and catching up on everything MMA at home. I am a Denver Native, but I live in TX now where the fight scene is booming! When I'm not watching and dissecting fights I'm out in the market selling beer as the TX Area Sales Manager for Uinta Brewing.