UFC Fight Night 67 goes down this evening from Brazil, as former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit returns vs. Thiago Alves.
Along with Condit-Alves, Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira square off in the co-main event.
Below are key media notes for those two fights, both of which FightLine will have complete coverage of later this evening.
“The Natural Born Finisher”
Since making his pro debut, Carlos Condit has made a living out of finishing opponents. In fact, 27 of his 29 career wins have been either knockout or submission victories, good for a 93-percent finishing rate.
His nine combined knockouts and submissions in the UFC/WEC are third-most in welterweight history, tying him with his opponent tonight, Thiago Alves. The two sit behind only Matt Hughes and Matt Brown.
Condit’s also claimed nine “fight night” bonuses, including five “Fight of the Night” awards.
Leg kicks aplenty
Between Alves and Condit, you can bet there will be leg kicks thrown in the main event.
Condit set the single-fight UFC record for leg kicks landed when he connected on 68 against Nick Diaz, while Alves has landed 232 leg kicks – the most in UFC history.
The former interim champion also gets stronger as the fast progresses, going from 2.7 strikes per minute landed in round one, to 3.65 in round two and 4.62 in round three. He has also landed almost 75-percent of his strikes from a distance and is one of just six welterweights to connect on 100 or more significant strikes twice.
Call him “KO” Alves
Alves has knocked down his UFC opponents a total of 11 times, which is the most among the welterweight division and sixth overall. He is one of only nine fighters in UFC history to knock his opponents down 10 or more times.
The eight knockout wins for Alves are second most in UFC welterweight history behind Brown’s nine.
Lentz likes to wrestle
Nik Lentz has landed 22 takedowns in UFC featherweight fights, which is tied for the second most with Jimy Hettes and six behind leader Dennis Bermudez. He also earned 27 takedowns while competing in the lightweight division, as his 49 total rank 13th all-time.
Lentz is also one of just three fighters to land 20-plus takesdowns in multiple divisions, joining Randy Couture and Demian Maia.
Per 15-minute featherweight fights, Lentz averaged just over five takedowns, including a career-high 10 vs. Diego Nunes. He’s taken down 11 of his 13 UFC opponents.
The submission wizard
Charles Oliveira is the submission leader in UFC featherweight history, finishing off four fights via tap. He is the first and only fighter in the modern era history of the UFC to earn his first six UFC victories via submission.
That includes an anaconda choke vs. Hatsu Hioki and a calf slicer vs. Eric Wisely. The calf slicer is the only one of its kind to take place inside the Octagon.