Can Condit Stay Near The Top of the Welterweight Division?

Published on May 30th, 2015 2:38 am EST

The main event of UFC Fight Night 67 in Goiania, Brazil will feature a Welterweight contest between two former title contenders in the division - Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves.

Both Condit and Alves have something in common - they were both the Welterweight division's #1 contender at one point in their careers, plus they both lost to former champion Georges St. Pierre. Thiago Alves lost to GSP at UFC 100 (who can forget GSP's coach imploring St. Pierre to throw his injured groin at Alves?), while Condit lost to St. Pierre at UFC 154 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While Condit lost, he certainly made an imprint on GSP, as he managed to knock down the champion with a kick to head.

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Carlos Condit is currently the Welterweight division's #3 ranked fighter and could throw himself into a title shot with an impressive win over Alves. With Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald fighting at UFC 189, who wouldn't want to see Condit take on either man? Or, the UFC could elect to have a #1 title contender eliminator match between Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks, as those two put on an incredible match at UFC 158. Of course, Condit needs to beat Alves for these discussions to take place.

Thiago Alves is the #13 ranked fighter in the Welterweight division and could move up substantially with a win over Condit. "Pitbull" is currently in the midst of a two fight winning streak, which includes wins over Jordan Mein and Seth Baczynski. Alves is looking to burst into the top part of the division with a win over Condit on Saturday.

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As mentioned before, Condit is one of the UFC's most entertaining fighters and the promotion surely wants him close to the title picture. Condit, however, is making his first appearance in roughly 18 months on Saturday and may have trouble getting over his "ring rust". In addition, Condit is a notoriously slow starter so it will be interesting to see how the first few rounds of the fight against Alves go.

In short, the Condit vs Alves fight should be a spectacular one that has quite a bit of title implication in the Welterweight division.


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