The Ultimate Fighting Championship opened 2016 with an incredible explosion with Filipino-American fighter Robbie Lawler forced throw everything to Carlos Condit in 5 rounds to defend his UFC Welterweight Championship via split decision.
“Carlos (Condit) is one hell of a fighter. He comes from one of the best camps in the world. He had a great game plan. There were two winners tonight… let’s do it again.” said Lawler after his win.
With 5 grueling rounds of fighting, both fighters were giving it all in what was dubbed as one of the best fights in the UFC. The last round provided to be the most intense with both fighters bloodied up and fatigued throwing their last inch of strength to put down one another.
In the end the win could have gone either way and both fighters know it. There were all praise from Lawler to his opponent.
“He always prove everyone wrong. He always proves how tough he is. He has been doing this for a long time,” Lawler said of Condit.
Condit, who amazingly accepts the referee’s decisions agreed that it was close and he himself didn’t know if he was leading or not during the fight.
“It was close but I never rely on that. I knew he was coming out with guns ablazing,” said Condit.
“Even if you are winning, you got to still fight.”
Lawler now improves to 20-7 and it was his second successful title defense and his 5th straight victory in the octagon while Condit now falls to 30-9.
Here is a round up of all the matches in UFC 195 via MMAJunkie.com
- Robbie Lawler def. Carlos Condit via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – to retain welterweight title
- Stipe Miocic def. Andrei Arlovski via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:54
- Albert Tumenov def. Lorenz Larkin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Brian Ortega def. Diego Brandao via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:37
- Abel Trujillo def. Tony Sims via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:18
- Michael McDonald def. Masanori Kanehara via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:09
- Alex Morono def. Kyle Noke via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
- Justine Kish def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Drew Dober def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dustin Poirier def. Joseph Duffy via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Michinori Tanaka def. Joe Soto via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar Garcia via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:12