2015 marked Robbie Lawler’s one of the best fights with a fifth round win over Rory MacDonald, and with two days into the new year, Lawler put on a classic fight with Carlos Condit.
Lawler defeated Condit following a dramatic close, split-decision at UFC 195 on Saturday night.
Lawler and Condit went back and forth at each other for 25 minutes but one judge’s scorecard in a round changed the entire dynamics with the decision ruling in favour of Lawler.
Ever since his return to UFC in 2013, Lawler has emerged as one of the most exciting competitors of UFC prompting even UFC President, Dana White to call Lawler the Evander Holyfield of UFC.
Yes, you read it right.
In the post match conference on Saturday, White called Lawler the Evander Holyfield of UFC.
“He’s our Evander Holyfield. He’s never in a boring fight,” Dana White said, reports FOX Sports.
“When he gets hurt he continues to go toe-to-toe. Robbie reminds me, he’s our Evander Holyfield and I respect so much when you’re in a fight like this and you have to come out in that fifth round and do what Robbie did and he did it. Great fight.”
Evander Holyfield, the former professional boxer was the undisputed world champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions which earned him the nickname, ‘The Real Deal’.
Lawler put on a brilliant performance on Saturday chasing Condit away with some of his best shots. No wonder, White has called him the Evander Holyfield of UFC.
Even though Lawler was trying to finish his opponent during the fight, He certainly has some kind words to say about Condit.
“Carlos is so tough, I feel like I hit him with some big shots and he kept coming, throwing knees, he’s just tough. It’s the testament to the kind of fighter he is,” Lawler said according to FOX Sports report.
“He showcased who he is and he’s everything everyone said he was.”