The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next trip to Brazil, on May 30th, should be quite a memorable evening if all the right cards fall into place. UFC Fight Night 67 will go down at Goiania Arena, in the city of Goiânia in the state of Goiás.
For starters, former interim welterweight champ and favorite Carlos Condit should make his long-awaited return following an injury to his knee—which he sustained during his last fight and led to a TKO loss to Tyron Woodley at UFC 171—and the ensuing required recovery time. To add onto that little appetizer, Condit’s return to the UFC’s Octagon will slate him versus Brazilian fan favorite Thiago Alves.
To refresh your memory, “The Pitbull” Alves is coming into his next fight riding high on the wake of a telling comeback triumph versus Canadian Jordan “Young Gun” Mein, who—for most of the fight—looked as though he was going to bag it for himself at UFC 183. Thiago was able to regroup himself to deliver a devastating knee to the core that paved the way for a spectacular TKO.
That’s not it just yet, however. The UFC just announced that Goiânia will receive a powerhouse contest between Jessica Penne and Juliana Lima. “Ju Thai,” as her fans call her, posted the match-up on her Instagram following a report from Combat Press.
Penne, who was one of the inaugural strawweight participants in the last season of The Ultimate Fighter and the former Invicta FC atomweight champion defeated Randa Markos via split decision in her Octagon debut last December. During the show, Penne held wins over Lisa Ellis and Aisling Daly, but fell to the winner of the season and former strawweight champion Carla Esparza.
Juliana’s last fight was a unanimous decision win over Nina Ansaroff—who fights Rose Namajunas at UFC 187 this upcoming June on the year’s most stacked card with title fights between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort as well as Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson. Prior to that win last November, Ju Thai lost her UFC debut to the brand new strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzjczyk, who completely ran over TUF 20 champ Carla Esparza this past weekend at UFC 185, on the same night that Anthony Pettis lost the belt to a formidable Rafael dos Anjos.
We expect more fights to be announced in the upcoming days. Stay up to date with Fightland for further news.
Check out these related stories:
The Mixed Martial Arts of Victorian London
Before BJJ, there was Bartitsu.
Jonathan Maicelo: The Last Inca
Peru's up-and-coming boxing star.
Kron Gracie on Jiu-Jitsu, Skateboarding, Older Brothers, and Famous Fathers
The ties that bind are strong.
Joel Tudor on the Art of Surfing, Fighting, and Style
A surf icon helps MMA keep its sense of tradition.
Japan's Karate Kid: Kyoji Horiguchi
Japan's brightest MMA prospect.