While much of the buzz for UFC Fight Night 67 (say 90%?) is tied to Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves, the card will also feature a compelling fight between Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz.
After all, not only are the two ranked #8 and #9 at 145 respectively, but if you recall, they fought once before in 2011. The bout was declared a no-contest, on account of an illegal knee Oliveira landed, before he grabbed a rear-naked-choke.
Since then, Oliveira has gone 5-3, but, his defeats came against top tier competition in Donald Cerrone, Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson. More recently, “do Bronx” has won three in a row, and he’s coming off a UD win over Jeremy Stephens.
“I’m glad this fight will happen. I’m more experienced and focused, now. I was too eager to finish him back then and hit him with that illegal knee.” said Oliveira. “Jiu-jitsu has always been my strong point, but I have been really emphasizing my Muay Thai and Boxing lately. When you wish to become the best in the world, which is my goal, you have to learn a little bit of everything. I’m really putting an effort on my striking and you will see it on this fight just like you saw it when I fought Jeremy Stephens. I’m not just a guy who knows jiu-jitsu. Anything can happen.”
It’s going to be interesting to see what goes down, and whether Lentz looks to put his wrestling game in action (and face Oliveira on the mat).
“The Carny” has gone 4-1 in his last 5 bouts and is coming off a UD win over Manny Gamburyan last May. The only man to defeat him during that stretch is Chad Mendes.
UFC FN 67 will go down at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil.