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UFC Fight Night 67 preview and predictions

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UFC Fight Night 67 preview and predictions



UFC Fight Night 67 takes place on Saturday, May 30th from Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil, and it airs on FOX Sports 1. There is a total of eleven bouts, five bouts on the preliminary card and six bouts on the main card.

The main event will be Thiago Alves vs. Carlos Condit and the co-main event will be Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira. The other four bouts on the main card is Gilbert Burns vs. Norman Parke, Francimar Barroso vs. Ryan Jimmo, Yan Cabral vs. K.J. Noons and Juliana Lima vs. Jessica Penne. The prelims start at 7:00 p.m. ET and the main card starts at 10:00 p.m. ET.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: #4 Carlos Condit vs. #12 Thiago Alves

#4 Carlos Condit (29-8) 14 KOs, 13 subs, 2 decision wins in his career and is on a one-fight losing streak. He has won six of his last nine, he was the last WEC Welterweight Champion and has fought the best of the best in the 170lb division. He’s 2-3 in his last five bouts, he is 1-3 in his last three bouts and 1-1 in his last two bouts. He beat Nick Diaz at UFC 143 by unanimous decision to earn a title shot against GSP at UFC 154, but lost that fight by unanimous decision. He then fought Johny Hendricks at UFC 185, but lost by unanimous decision, but then rebounded with a fourth round TKO win over Martin Kampmann in August of 2013. In his next bout, he tore his ACL in the second round of a fight with Tyron Woodley at UFC 171.

#12 Thiago Alves (21-9) 12 KOs, 2 subs, 7 decision wins in his career and is on a two-fight winning streak. He has won 11 of his last 15 fights; six of those have been by KO. He’s 3-2 in his last five bouts that started with a unanimous decision loss to Rick Story at UFC 130, but rebounded with a first-round RNC win at UFC 138 against Papy Abedi. He lost to Martin Kampmann in March of 2012 by third-round guillotine choke. He then rattled off a two-fight winning streak with wins over Seth Baczynski in April of 2014 by unanimous decision and then a second-round KO of Jordan Mein at UFC 183.

Prediction: Carlos Condit by Unanimous Decision.

Featherweight: #8 Nik Lentz vs. #9 Charles Oliveira

#8 Nik Lentz (25-6-3) 6 KOs, 10 subs, 9 decision wins in his career and is currently on a one-fight winning streak. He’s 4-1 as a featherweight in the UFC and is 4-1 in his last five bouts. He beat Eiji Mitsuoka at UFC 150 by first-round KO, then a unanimous decision win over Diego Nunes in January of 2013 and then over Hacran Divas in May of 2013 the same way. He lost to Chad Mendes in December of 2013 by unanimous decision, then rebounded with a win over Manny Gamburyan in May of 2014 by unanimous decision.

#9 Charles Oliveira (19-4-1) 6 KOs, 11 subs, 2 decision wins in his career and is currently on a three-fight winning streak. He’s won five of his last seven bouts, been a pro since 08’ and trains with UFC / PRIDE vet Jorge “Macaco” Patino. In those last five bouts, he lost to Cub Swanston at UFC 152 by first-round knockout and then lost to Frankie Edgar at UFC 162 by unanimous decision. He then rattled off a three straight wins. He beat Andy Ogle in February of 2014 by third-round triangle choke, he submitted Hatsu Hioki in June of 2014 by second-round anaconda choke and then an unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens at TUF 20 Finale in December.

Prediction: Charles Oliveira by Unanimous Decision.

Lightweight: Alex Oliveira vs. KJ Noons

Alex Oliveira (10-2-2) 8 KOs, 1 subs, 1 decision wns and is currently on a one-fight losing streak. He’s been a pro since 2011, eight first-round finishes and is his second appearance in the octagon at UFC Fight Night 67. In his last five bouts, he’s 3-1-1. His fight with Rogerio Matias Da Conceicao in May of 2014 under the CEF promotion was ruled a no contest, but he rounded in the WSOF with three wins. He choked out Ederson Meria in July of 2014 by RNC in the first-round, he knocked out Douglas Aparecido in October of 2014 by first-round TKO and then an unanimous decision over Joilton Santos. He made his UFC debut against Gilbert Burns but lost by third-round armbar.

KJ Noons (13-7-1) 9 KOs, 0 submission, 4 decision wins in his career and has wins over key wins over Nick Diaz, Yves Edwards, and Harris Sarmiento in his career. He’s been a pro since 02’ and is 2-2-1 in his last five bouts. He lost to Ryan Couture in January of 2013 by split decision, then signed with the UFC, but lost in his debut against Donald Cerrone at UFC 16 by unanimous decision. He rattled off a two-fight winning streak with a unanimous decision win over George Sotiropoulos at UFC 166 and then knocked out Sam Stout in April of 2014 by first-round knockout. His fight with Daron Cruickshank was ruled a no contest after being poked in the eye during TUF 20 finale in December.

Prediction: Alex Oliveira by 3rd RD KO.

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Jimmo vs. Francimar Barroso

Ryan Jimmo (19-4) 8 KOs, 2 submission, 9 decision wins in his career and is currently on a one-fight losing streak. In his last five bouts, he’s 2-3 and is 1-1 in his last two bouts. In those last five bouts, he lost to James Te Huna in February of 2013 by unanimous decision, then beat Igor Pokrajac at UFC 161 by unanimous decision. He then went 1-2 in his next three when he lost to Jimi Manuwa in October of 2013, then knocked out Sean O’Connell in the first round during a fight in April of 2014, but then was submitted by Ovince St. Preux at UFC 174 in the second round.

Francimar Barroso (16-4) 8 KOs, 6 submissions 2 decision wins in his career and is currently on a one-fight losing streak. In his last five bouts, he’s 4-1. He beat Falco Neto Lopes in March of 2012 by first-round choke and then Cristiano Souza in November of that same year by first-round doctor stoppage. Both fights under the Shooto promotion. His next fight came under the WOCS promotion in April of 2013 by second-round RNC against Siamo Mel Da Silva. He joined the UFC in August of 2013 when he beat Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163 by unanimous decision, but then lost to Hans Stringer in March of 2014 by split decision, which in turned snapped a four-fight winning streak.

Prediction: Ryan Jimmo by 2nd RD KO.

Lightweight: Norman Parke vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Norman Parke (20-3-1) 4 KOs, 12 submissions, 4 decision wins in his career and is currently on a one-fight losing streak. He’s been a pro since ‘06 and has eight first-round finishes. In his last five bouts, he’s 3-1-1. He beat Kazuki Tokudome at UFC 162 by unanimous decision and then beat Jon Tuck in October of 2013 the same way. He went to a majority draw against Leonardo Santos in March of 2014, but rebounded with a second-round TKO win over Naoyuki Kotani in July of 2014, but then lost to Gleison Tibau in January of 2015 by split decision.

Francisco Trinaldo (16-4) 5 KOs, 5 submissions, 6 decision wins in his career and is currently on a two-fight winning streak. He was a team Wanderlei member on TUF Brazil, he’s been a pro since ‘06 and he has won 10 of his last 13. In his last five bouts, he’s 3-2. He lost to Piotr Hallmann in September of 2013 by second-round submission, then beat Jesse Ronson in February of 2014 by split decision, but then lost to Michael Chiesa at UFC 173 by decision. He then rattled off a two-fight winning streak with decision wins over Leandro Silva in September of 2014 and then Akbarh Arreola in March of 2014.

Prediction: Norman Parke by UD.

Welterweight: Wendell Oliveira vs. Darren Hill

Wendell Oliveira (24-9) 11 KOs, 3 submissions, 10 decisions in his career and is currently on a one-fight losing streak after going on a seven-fight winning streak. In his last five bout, he’s 4-1. He beat Jose De Ribamar Machado Gomes in May of 2013 by first-round flying knee knockouts, than a unanimous decision win over Valdir Silva Sabino in July of that same year by unanimous decision and then a first-round TKO of Anton Sales Silva Jr. in the same month. He went the distances in a unanimous decision win over Vinicius Bohrer in May of 2014. He made his UFC debut in September of 2014, which resulted in a first-round knockout of Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Darren Hill is a UFC newcomer who has an undefeated, 12-0 pro MMA record. There was not a lot of facts found on Hill. That’s all we know of the newcomer. Sherdog or UFC.com didn’t even have information on him.

Prediction: Wendell Oliveira by UD.

We’ll be providing live play-by-play coverage of this event this Saturday night.

 






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