It’s safe to say that Carlos Condit is back.
The Jackson-Wink MMA standout showed no ill effects from reconstructive knee surgery, as he put forth a violent and versatile effort in stopping Thiago Alves in the UFC Fight Night headliner at Goiania Arena, in Goiania, Brazil, on Saturday night. After two rounds of punishment, including a barrage of elbows that smashed Alves’ nose, the cageside physician decided enough was enough.
In winning his first fight in 640 days, “The Natural Born Killer” re-established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division, as well as a fighter who racks up impressive striking figures inside the Octagon. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “Condit vs. Alves,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
10: Finishes in Ultimate Fighting Championship/World Extreme Cagefighting competition for Condit, tying him with Matt Brown for second most among fighters who have experience in both organizations. Matt Hughes is first with 11.
41: Significant strikes by which Condit outlanded Alves. The New Mexico native also held a 107-to-35 advantage in total strikes landed.
50: Significant strikes to the head landed by Condit. By comparison, Alves landed 11.
22: Significant ground strikes landed by Condit. Alves, meanwhile, did not land a single significant strike on the canvas.
1,172: Total strikes landed in UFC competition by Condit, who produced enough offense on Saturday to surpass Johny Hendricks and move into seventh place among active welterweights.
5: Knockdowns landed in UFC competition by Condit, who dropped Alves with an elbow in the second frame of their welterweight encounter.
7: UFC submissions for Charles Oliveira, which ties him for fourth most in promotion history along with Kenny Florian, Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller. Only Royce Gracie (10), Frank Mir (8) and Nate Diaz (8) are ahead of “Do Bronx.” The Brazilian submitted Nik Lentz with a guillotine choke 1:10 into the third round of their featherweight bout.
5: Submissions at featherweight for Oliveira, tying him with Urijah Faber for most in UFC/WEC featherweight history.
64: Significant strikes landed by Oliveira. By comparison, Lentz landed 37. Most notably, the Brazilian held a 25-to-8 edge in body strikes and landed one knockdown as a result of a knee to Lentz’s body in the opening frame.
51: Career takedowns landed by Lentz. The American Top Team product landed two of 10 takedowns against Oliveira to move past Rashad Evans (50) and into sixth place among active fighters.
1,308: Total strikes landed by Nik Lentz in his UFC career. He landed 58 total strikes against Oliveira, which moved him ahead of Cain Velasquez (1,257) and Rick Story (1,262) and into sixth place among active fighters.
4,613: Days since K.J. Noons’ last submission loss, a 25-second heel hook defeat against Buddy Clinton in his second professional bout at Renegades Extreme Fighting on Oct. 12, 2002. Noons tapped to a rear-naked choke against Alex Oliveira 2:51 into the initial stanza on Saturday night.
34: Significant strikes in the clinch landed by Francimar Barroso in his decision triumph over Ryan Jimmo, who landed 11. Barroso also held a 30-to-11 edge in significant leg strikes landed.
11: Media scorecards, of the 12 outlets tracked by MMADecisions.com, that scored the lightweight clash between Francisco Trinaldo and Norman Parke in favor of Parke. However, Trinaldo got a pair of 29-28 scorecards from the cageside judges to capture a split verdict.
41: Significant strikes by which Trinaldo outlanded Parke in the three-round affair, including a 19-to-6 advantage in round one and a 38-to-14 edge in round two.
4: Takedowns landed, in 12 attempts, by Parke. The Northern Ireland native landed two takedowns apiece in rounds one and three.
0: Takedowns landed, in nine attempts, by Wilson Reis in his unanimous decision loss to Jussier da Silva in a flyweight tilt. “Formiga,” meanwhile, landed four of his five takedown tries in victory.
310: Total strikes landed by American Top Team prospect Mirsad Bektic in his first three UFC appearances. Bektic outlanded Lucas Martins 78 to 11 in their featherweight clash on Saturday, earning his first finish in the Octagon in the process.
87: Total strikes by which Juliana de Lima Carneiro outlanded Ericka Almeida in their strawweight matchup. Lima also landed all three of her takedown attempts en route to a unanimous decision triumph.
8: Finishes, in as many professional appearances for Tom Breese, who in his Octagon debut stopped Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. via TKO 4:58 into the first round of their welterweight clash. Six of Breese’s wins have coming by way of submission, two by KO or TKO.