The Octagon returns to Brazil this Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 67, bringing with it Carlos Condit.
Condit meets Thiago Alves in the main event, as the former interim UFC welterweight champion fights for the first time since suffering a knee injury vs. Tyron Woodley.
Also, Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira square off in a featherweight contest.
The card has been re-worked several times since it was first announced, as the likes of Jessica Penne, Yan Cabral, Gilbert Burns and others have been removed.
Still, there’s a handful of interesting bouts, including these three:
Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves
Condit was once viewed as the future of the welterweight division, but the 31-year-old has seen several others overtake him in the standings.
In early 2014, “The Natural Born Killer” went down with a knee injury vs. Tyron Woodley and has been forced to rehab his way back. Overall, he’s just 1-3 in his last four, but does own victories over Martin Kampmann, Rory MacDonald, Nick Diaz and Jake Ellenberger in recent years.
For Condit to keep his name on the cusp of title contention, he must solve Alves, who will be competing in Brazil for the first time since 2003.
Alves, who fought for the UFC title in 2009 vs. Georges St-Pierre, has won two in a row and three of his last four. This, though, will be his stiffest test since back-to-back bouts vs. GSP and Jon Fitch five years ago.
Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
Two Top-10 featherweights looking to continue their winning ways will try to ignite the co-main, as Nik Lentz takes on Charles Oliveira.
For Lentz, a former NCAA wrestler and BJJ purple belt, a win would move his record to 5-1 in his last six – the lone loss being to title contender Chad Mendes. He’ll want to avoid the ground vs. Oliveira, who is a black belt to the purple awarded by Lentz in BJJ.
Oliveira has won three straight since a pair of losses to Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson, including two submission wins.
This is a rematch of a 2011 contest that was overturned to a no-contest due to an illegal knee being landed. The bout won “Fight of the Night” on that evening. The two were also scheduled to fight back in September before the fight was scrapped.
Rony Jason vs. Damon Jackson
For Rony Jason, it could be a do-or-die situation.
Jason is just 1-2 in his last three after winning eight in a row – including his first three with the UFC.
Damon Jackson suffered his first pro loss in his Octagon debut vs. Yancy Medeiros last year.
While both have strong resumes, it’s tough to go an extended period without a win and remain relevant in the UFC.