UFC Fight Night 67 takes place in Brazil this coming Saturday night and we’ve got all our predictions for you below.
Thiago Alves vs. Carlos Condit
Condit and Alves should provide good entertainment in the main event of the evening in Brazil tomorrow night. Alves has picture perfect muay thai technique with particularly powerful kicks and is capable of putting together fluid, accurate combinations in the heat of the moment.
Condit is also a skilled striker though not as compact as Alves defensively – tending to be more aggressive and opportunistic with his output. He’s got the height and reach advantage here which will be a significant factor as will his cardio which will enable him to keep a good pace throughout this five round encounter.
Beyond striking I’d say Condit is the more well-rounded off the two, though Alves has very good takedown defense and is generally good at getting back upright unless he’s stuck underneath a world class wrestling talent like GSP.
Overall I feel Condit is the better fighter overall and, assuming his long layoff due to knee surgery doesn’t hold him back, I believe he’ll get the upperhand as the fight heads into the later rounds by keeping a high tempo, mixing up his striking with some grappling, leading to a late TKO stoppage.
Carlos Condit to win by TKO in Rd4.
Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
Oliveira had the upper-hand the last time these two met and I expect the same to be the case this time around.
‘Do Bronx’ simply outclasses Lentz on the feet and with his BJJ, while his all-action, go-for-broke fighting style is hard for Lentz to deal with as he prefers to work at a much slower, grinding rate.
Lentz does have good wrestling, but even from his back Oliveira is relentless with submission attempts and one way or another I think he’s going to pounce on a fight-ending submission here.
Charles Oliveira to win by submission in Rd2.
K.J. Noons vs. Alex Oliveira
This should be a stand-up battle with Noons largely boxing based output being pitted against Oliveira’s kickboxing style offers more versatility with kicks being a key component for him.
Oliveira is the more aggressive and athletic of the two and while he’s coming in on short notice, I’m actually leaning towards picking him as I feel Noons seems to be slowing down and is more shop-worn at this stage in his career.
Alex Oliveira to win by decision.
Francimar Barroso vs. Ryan Jimmo
Neither of these fighters is likely to make a major impression in the light-heavyweight division any time soon, but they are decent all-rounders.
Of the two Jimmo has more o fan upside – he’s a more potent striker and should be stronger in the clinch too, and that should be enough to earn a relatively uneventful decision victory.
Ryan Jimmo to win by decision.
Norman Parke vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Former TUF:The Smashes winner Parke has to head into Trinaldo’s backyard for this encounter, but I still favor him to emerge victorious.
Trinaldo can mix it up on the feet, but is best working topside on the mat. Parke’s got good takedown defense though and fights at a higher tempo and with greater volume at striking range – skills which should serve him well here to shut down Trinaldo’s game and get a win on the scorecards.
Norman Parke to win by decision.
Wendell Oliveira vs. Darren Till
The UK’s Till comes in at short notice to make his debut in an intimidating atmosphere against Oliveira, so it’s a big ask for the 22 year-old to emerge with his hand raised.
Oliveira will look to trade on the feet though which will suit Till who comes from a muay thai background. The Brazilian’s the more powerful of the two and won’t give Till time to settle into the fight which I think will be to his advantage, leading to a TKO finish.
Wendell Oliveira to win by TKO in Rd2.
Prelims: (Predicted winners in bold)
Damon Jackson vs. Rony Jason
Jussier Formiga vs. Wilson Reis
Nicolas Dalby vs. Elizeu Zaleski
Mirsad Bektic vs. Lucas Martins
Ericka Almeida vs. Juliana Lima
Tom Breese vs. Luiz Dutra