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UFC Goiania main card results recap - Oliveira finishes Lentz, Cowboy chokes out Noons

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Bloody Elbow recaps the preliminary fights from UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves took place at the Goiânia Arena in Goiânia, Brazil. Here, we look at the main card bouts, including a slick submission by Charles Oliveira.

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On Saturday night, UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves took place at the Goiânia Arena in Goiânia, Brazil, and was headlined by fight between welterweight striking sensations Thiago Alves and Carlos Condit. While on paper the main card provided little in the way of star power it turned out to be a solid night of fights.

Darren Till vs. Wendell Oliveira

Official Result: Darren Till defeats Wendell Oliveira by KO (elbows), 1:37 of round two

What was the high point of the fight?

The opening fight of the main card pitted British prospect Darren Till with Brazilian brawler Wendell Oliveira. Leading into this fight a lot was said about Till's slick Muay Thai, but the high point of this fight ended up being his brutal ground and pound elbows which he used to put Oliveira to sleep.

Where do these two go from here?

The 22-year-old Till showed that he could back up his hype and put on a career best performance against Oliveira, next up I would like to see him face up against fellow European prospect Nicolas Dalby, who also put on a decent performance on Saturday night.

Oliveira looked out of his depth against Till and will need to make a big improvement to keep his place in the UFC. A fight with Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos would make sense next time out.

Watch now, later, or never?

Now, the first round was slow but the finish is worth an immediate watch.

Francimar Barroso vs. Ryan Jimmo

Official Result: Francimar Barroso defeated Ryan Jimmo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

What was the high point of the fight?

Quite honestly this fight was awful, the only moment of note throughout the fight was the horrific low blow landed by Barroso. The Brazilian used his clinch advantage to do just enough to win the fight, but nothing stood out as impressive in his performance.

Where do these two go from here?

Barroso may have won but his performance didn't really inspire much in the way of critical acclaim, honestly if anything Barroso's lackluster victory probably did his prospects of getting a big named fight more harm than good. Expect him to return against an unranked fighter on the next Brazilian fight night card.

Ryan Jimmo was vocally critical of the UFC's Reebok sponsorship deal which is unlikely to have gone unnoticed by the UFC brass, so when you pair his criticism of the organisation with his poor performance, it is only natural to expect him to receive his marching papers.

Watch now, later, or never?

Never, unless you really struggle to fall asleep.

Norman Parke vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Official Result: Francisco Trinaldo defeated Norman Parke by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

What was the high point of the fight?

This fight was a good even scrap, Trinaldo's striking looked much improved and his body work was downright impressive, but the high point of this fight had to be Parke's grappling and back control in the final round. While Trinaldo took the win, this fight could have went either way.

Where do these two go from here?

When two Brazilians in the same weight class fight and win on the same card, it is almost assured that they will fight each other next. Expect Trinaldo to face Alex "Cowboy" Oliveira next time out.

Norman Parke has been going through a really frustrating period, he has been fighting well and taking on tough fighters but he seems to either suffer from bad judging, or losing close fights. It seems that Parke's excursions out of Europe have cost him badly so expect him to sit out for a few months until the UFC return to Ireland in Fall.

Watch now, later, or never?

Later, this fight was competitive and had some decent moments.

Alex Oliveira vs. KJ Noons

Official Result: Alex Oliveira defeated K.J. Noons by submission (rear naked choke), 2:30 of round 1

What was the high point of the fight?

This fight was quick and highly impressive. K.J Noons has a wealth of experience and Oliveira was coming in on short notice so the smart money would have been on Noons to win, but Oliveira came in game for a fight, showing some slick submissions skills that really highlighted his performance.

Where do these two go from here?

Alex Oliveira took this fight on short notice and looked amazing, while he has suffered defeat in his UFC tenure he has always shown glimpses of real potential. I would love to see Oliveira step in there with Dagestani stand out Islam Makhachev.

K.J Noons has recently completed training to become a firefighter and he has talked a lot recently about his post fight career which is worrying. To me, once a fighter has one foot out of the door it is very seldom we see them return to their former glory and I think this might be the case with K.J. After a dominant loss like that retirement may well be on the horizon.

Watch now, later, or never?

Now, this fight was short and Cowboy looked great.

Charles Oliveira vs. Nik Lentz

Official Result: Charles Oliveira defeated Nik Lentz by submission (guillotine choke), 1:10 of round 3

What was the high point of the fight?

In this rematch it was clear to see both fighters had made significant improvements in their game, Lentz's top game was stifling at times but Oliveira's versatility was what won him the fight. On the feet Oliveira landed some vicious knees to the body, but the high point and eventual finish came when Oliveira went back to his roots and showcased his slick jiu-jitsu to get the guillotine choke.

Where do these two go from here?

In his time in the UFC, Charles Oliveira has proven to be extremely entertaining and at 25 I think he could be on the verge of fulfilling his potential. Even in his loss to Frankie Edgar, Oliveira managed to make the fight competitive so I have no doubts that he could hang with the division's elite. A match-up against Max Holloway makes a lot of sense right now.

Lentz has looked much improved since his move to featherweight and despite this minor blip, he still has what it takes to hand with the divisions better fighters, next time out a fight with Cub Swanson would be fun.

Watch now, later, or never?

Now, this fight was pretty amazing and if it wasn't for Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski it could be considered the best fight in recent events.