Monday, April 16, 2018

Former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit has now lost four in a row, and is 2-6 his last eight fights. He has never been stopped via strikes in his entire MMA career, and is just 33; he can fight on if he wants to. But his star is in decline.

By contrast, his opponent at UFC of FOX 29 on Saturday day, Alex Oliveira, is on fire. ‘Cowboy’ is 5-1 (1 NC) his last six and has won three performance bonuses in a row. Oliveira’s last four wins were all inside the distance, and Saturday’s Guillotine of Condit was particularly dramatic.

“Yeah, he went to sleep, and I changed grips on him, and he woke up, and I had to finish it, so I went and tightened it again,” said Oliveira through interpreter Alex Davis, as transcribed by Dann Stupp and Ken Hathaway for MMAjunkie. “And then he tapped.”

“If I stopped and the judges didn’t give me the victory, I had to put on the pressure.”

And it came after Cowboy survived a choke and grip switch.

Oliveira took the fight on short notice, and was further burdened.

“One of my aunts died as soon I got here,” he said. “My uncle’s in the hospital. I don’t even know how he is, but you know, I had to come and fight.”

Oliveira overcame. So what’s next for the ‘Cowboy’.

“A week of rest,” he replied. “And then I’ll start training again, and I’ll be … training for the next one.”