The UFC hosted its latest Fight Night event in Brazil last Saturday night to a roaring crowd in Goiania. Unfortunately, the crowd was forced to endure a slew of humdrum fights and sedative pacing that has become standard on non-PPV cards in Brazil. Apart from the main event, which quickly moved from a timid affair to a bloodbath, and a handful of other fights, many of the contests on the card left much to be desired.
Check out the real winners and losers from Saturday night's event.
Carlos Condit spent an extended spell on the sidelines that lasted over a year but managed to make an emphatic return to the Octagon with a two-round destruction of former title challenger Thiago Alves. Following a slow start to the fight, a bloodbath ensued with Condit at the helm of the attack. He carved Alves' face as though he was a Halloween pumpkin and few were surprised when the cageside medics chose to bring an end to the proceeding. It marked Condit's first win in 20 months and kickstarted his quest for another title shot in the welterweight division.
Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz were featured in an enthralling co-main event featherweight bout that resulted in an easy ‘Fight of the Night' winner on the broadcast. The two competitors exchanged blows and attempted to assert their dominance in the grappling department, which resulted in a thrilling fight for the crowd in attendance and the viewers at home. Oliveira managed to secure a guillotine choke in the final round of the fight to extend his win streak in the Octagon to three fights. Since his loss to Frankie Edgar, Oliveria has gradually improved at an impressive rate and continues to show that he is a worthy staple in the 145-pound division.
Alex Oliveira earned an upset win against former EliteXC title challenger KJ Noons on the main card of the Fight Night event in Brazil. Not only did he secure a solid win against a tough competitor, he did so as an underdog in a short notice fight, which only adds to his rising stock. After losing his UFC debut to Gilbert Burns, this was the perfect way for Oliveira to rebound and secure his first win in the Octagon. He will likely make a fun addition to the promotion's roster.
Darren Till kicked off the main card in vicious fashion when he managed to score a TKO win against Wendell Oliveira from the half guard position. In an impressive UFC debut that saw him earn his 13th professional win, Till managed to land savage elbows from the half guard position to force referee intervention during the second round. It was a strong start to Till's tenure in the UFC's welterweight division and it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.
Mirsad Bektic maintained his undefeated professional record with a second round TKO win against Lucas Martins. The contest was a one-sided beatdown that displayed Bektic's diverse attack en route to the win. He swarmed early with vicious flurries and then smothered his opponent for the majority of the round before putting the finishing touches in the second round. Bektic's performance proves that he is not simply a grappler and is more than capable of putting on exciting performances in the Octagon. Apart from being one of the top talents in the featherweight division, he has the potential to be a fantastic asset to the UFC.
Tom Breese made his UFC debut in emphatic fashion even though it was a relatively timid start. The undefeated fighter took a little while to find his range during the curtain jerker fight of the evening yet once he did, it took only a few seconds for the referee to mercifully bring an end to the proceedings. Breese knocked Luis Dutra down late in the opening round with a left hand and pounded him viciously to force the stoppage with two seconds remaining in the opening round.
Thiago Alves had his two-fight win streak snapped during his second round loss to Carlos Condit. Not only was he defeated in a lopsided affair, he was brutalized and dominated until his face transformed into a bloody pulp. He showed little development in his game and was even more hittable than he was during the Jordan Mein fight, which did not work in his favour this time around. Thankfully, the fight was stopped before Alves was forced to endure several more rounds of that battering.
K.J. Noons found himself on the wrong end of a first round submission on Saturday night when he was choked out by Alex Oliveira in their feature fight. It was a disappointing performance from Noons, who has now gone winless in his last two Octagon outings. Unless he gets back on track in the immediate future, his tenure with the promotion may not last much longer.
Ryan Jimmo took a direct kick below the belt and subsequently fought a terrible fight that slowed the already dull broadcast to a snail's pace. It was a brutally boring affair that left one with little to discuss following the 15-minute affair apart from why viewers were tormented with such a contest on the main card of a UFC broadcast. Consider this: instead of the abysmal Jimmo fight, fans could have watched Mirsad Bektic brutalize his opponent instead. Terrible decision making on the UFC's part and one that they will continue to make if they prioritize heavier weight classes.
Brazilian Fight Night events boast some of the worst pacing of all UFC broadcast, which is quite a statement. Apart from the lengthy, sub-par matches that can be riddled on the broadcast, the events last upwards of six hours with near intolerable gaps in between fights. It is baffling that the UFC would choose to lengthen their broadcasts to such unnecessary extents as it takes away from the viewing experience.
Norman Parke was handed a controversial split decision loss but it is certainly not one that will have fans up in arms. Up against Francisco Trinaldo, Parke produced a humdrum showing that included a lot of stalking and ground control and considering he did little to show himself as the superior fighter in the contest, it is no surprise that the decision went to the Brazilian on home soil. The Irishman is certainly treading on a fine line in the lightweight division, as he is yet to shine in the Octagon and will soon run out of opportunities to do so.