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Carlos Condit will finish Robbie Lawler at UFC 195, erase memory of fake belt

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Condit has already tasted Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gold, as he claimed the interim welterweight title by defeating Nick Diaz at UFC 143 back in 2012.

Still, his thirst wasn't quenched, as Condit acknowledges that the interim tag bothers him because at the end of the day, the title isn't "real."

That's why beating division king Robbie Lawler at UFC 195 on Jan. 2, 2016 is of utmost importance for "The Natural Born Killer," because it will signify that he is a legit UFC champion.

"It would be the pinnacle of my career. I've had the interim belt before and that little interim specification bothers me. My belt is in my son's room and for me that's not the real belt. If I go out there and I beat Robbie, that would be a legitimate, undisputed UFC title belt and you can't reach any greater height in the sport."

The match up is one fight fans have been clamoring for over the years, as both men prefer to let the fight play out on the feet, leading to more possibilities of a finish.

And that's just what Condit intends on doing, as he predicts a "rowdy" brawl when the two finally mix it up in "Sin City."

"I predict a finish. You never know. It's MMA, anything can happen. There are a lot of ways it could play out but it's going to be intense. Whether it's a stand up war or a mixed martial arts display, it's going to be intense. We both bring the heat. Whether we're standing up or on the ground, we're both trying to finish. We're both mean, nasty, aggressive fighters. However it plays out, it's going to be pretty rowdy."

You'd have to go back four years and 12 fights to see when Lawler was finished last, as he gave in to Ronaldo Souza's rear-naked choke under the Strikeforce banner in 2011.

But, if anyone can hand him another stoppage loss it's Condit, as five of his last six victories have come via knockout.

When you put those stats together, it's safe to say the mixed martial arts (MMA) world is in store for a memorable bout come fight night.

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