After a spectacular UFC 187 pay per view weekend the UFC is back in action this weekend in Brazil. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, from the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil ,UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves will take place.

This isn’t the most intriguing event the UFC has put together, but it will be worth the watch. There are some solid prospects on the undercard and a ton of Brazilian talent to scout. But the real reason to tune in on Saturday will be to watch the main and co-main events of the evening as both matchups feature important divisional showdowns.

Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira

The featherweight division has quickly become one of the UFC’s most interesting divisions and it is loaded with talent. Lentz are Oliveira are both in top 10 in the UFC’s official divisional rankings and the winner of this bout will likely get a top 5 opponent in their next outing.

Lentz and Oliveira are not strangers to one another as the two fought at lightweight back in 2011. Originally, Oliveira won the bout by submission, but the decision was switch to a No Contest due to an illegal knee strike that was landed during the fight. Since that time, both men have evolved and have found great success at featherweight.

Considering Oliveira submitted Lentz in their first meeting, I really like his chances on Saturday. Lentz is a tough, durable wrestler with a solid submission game, but Oliveira has grown by leaps and bounds as a fighter; just look at his performance against Frankie Edgar at UFC 162.

Pick: Oliveira via second round Submission

Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves

If you are not excited for this main event matchup between Condit and Alves, then there is something wrong. When healthy and mentally on point (Alves) they are easily two of the best welterweight fighters in the world. Then when you consider how they approach the fight game there is no way this fight isn’t fun to watch.

Since coming up short against Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title back at UFC 100, Alves’ career road has been bumpy. But now he appears to be healthy and focused for the first time in a long time. A brutally powerful striker with great takedown defense, Alves can be a handful for anyone.

Condit on the other hand is looking to make his return to the cage following a devastating knee injury suffered over a year ago. One of the most complete and dangerous fighters in the sport today –with 14 wins by KO and 13 wins by submission – Condit is always a threat to the title.

Even though Condit is coming off of an extended layoff, his experience in the fight game should mitigate most of the ring rust issues. Then factor in his height and reach advantage and you realize Condit is a terrible matchup for Alves.

Pick: Condit via Unanimous Decision

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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.