Carlos Condit’s spirit is still willing. But the results just aren’t there anymore.
The popular former welterweight champion known as “The Natural Born Killer” had a competitive matchup with Alex Oliveira on Saturday night. but Alex Oliveira, who took the UFC on FOX 29 bout on two weeks’ notice when Matt Brown pulled out, was simply too much.
Oliveira beat Condit via guillotine choke at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., with the finish coming at 3:17 of the second round. That means New Mexico native has lost four straight fights, five of six, and seven of nine.
Both fighters had their moments in an action-packed first round. Condit likely got the nod in the round, though, as he finished strong and had Oliveira in a tight rear-naked choke. Oliveira was saved by the horn.
The second was similarly a whirlwind of action. The turning point came when Oliveira landed a wicked upkick to the jaw. An already bloody Condit fell into Oliveira’s guard. From there, it was a matter of time before Condit fell into Oliveira’s choke, and while he held out as long as he could, he eventually had to tap.
Minus a no-contest, Oliveira (19-5-1), who had his 16th career finish victory, has now won five of his past six fights, with the only loss in that span a Fight of the Year contender loss to Yancy Medeiros in December.