clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Video: UFC 195 headliners Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit side-by-side interview on 'Fighter and the Kid'

New, comments
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

They may be gearing up to throw down and trade blows in the main event of UFC 195 on Jan. 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, but Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit prove that you can sit right next to your foe without gettinng at each others throats.

"Ruthless" and "The Natural Born Killer" appeared on Brendan Schaub's "The Fighter and the Kid" to promote their upcoming championship fight for Lawler's Welterweight scrap in "Sin City."

And while the two really don't have any beef toward one another, it was an unusual -- but refreshing -- sight to see both combatant's sitting right next each other -- literally inches away -- while conducting the interview.

Among the topics discussed was their respective climb up the MMA ranks.

Lawler gave his story (courtesy of FOX Sports):

"When I was a sophomore in highschool, Pat Miletich brought a bunch of fighters to the wrestling room, and I said, 'hold on a second - you're telling me this is wrestling, and kicking, and punching, all rolled into one? Where can I sign up?' So, by the time I was a junior in high school, I knew that as soon as I graduated, that's what I was going to do, and I just went full-time in 2000. I was training with the best in the world, at the time," he remembered, talking about the likes of Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes, Miletich, Tim Sylvia, Jeremy Horn, and others. There wasn't a lot of money involved, but you could make a living and do what you love, so I was like, I can hang with these guys, at this point. I'm young. So, let's try to learn as much as possible.' So yeah, I thought, I'm all in."

Carlos Condit on his rise to the top:

"I liked sports where you put your hands on somebody. I saw Royce Gracie choking people out with his gi. I was like, 'wait a minute, this is real? This is like Bloodsport, but it's the real deal.' Ever since then, watched as much UFC as I could. We would go to Blockbuster video, go to special interest section, and get these old tournament videos....it was underground, back then. I was a sophmore in highschool, looked in the phone book and said, 'you know, I want to do this. I'm wrestling, now. I see wrestlers doing well. I want to see what there is to see. I wasn't even driving at the time so I had to get a ride from my dad every time I went to practice (when he found Greg Jackson's gym). I loved it...This was it. I had all my eggs in the fighting basket."

After claiming the welterweight title in 2014 following his win over Johny Hendricks, Lawler defended his belt following his brutal beatdown of Rory MacDonald a few months later.

As for Condit, he made a successful return to the cage following injury by taking out Thiago Alves in Brazil (see it).

To listen to the rest of the entertaining interview, dive in to the embedded video below: