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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to Las Vegas, Nevada, tonight (Sat., Jan. 2, 2015) as the MGM Grand Garden Arena will play host to the thrilling UFC 195 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which features the highly anticipated Welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit.
Catch all the action LIVE with a PPV main card start time of 10 p.m. ET (for up-to-date UFC 195 results click here).
Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of the first PPV of 2016.
Who: Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit
What: UFC 195
When: Sat., Jan. 2, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
How To Watch: Main card at 10 p.m ET on PPV; FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" under card at 8 p.m. ET; and UFC Fight Pass early "Prelims" at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Live UFC 195 results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here
Why It Matters: There are a handful of fighters on UFC's roster that are simply must watch athletes. Whomever their opponent is, fight fans know to tune in for an absolutely sensational fight.
Both Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit fit into the aforementioned category.
Hardcore fight fans have been drooling from excitement and anticipation since the fight was initially announced, and it will finally go down this evening.
There is a very strong chance the "Fight of the Year" could be decided only two days into 2016.
What's Hot: The UFC Welterweight champion has been a fan-favorite ever since making his Octagon debut way back in 2002, at only 20-years old.
13 years later, "Ruthless" sits atop the 170-pound division, currently riding a four fight winning streak over some of the toughest fighters on UFC's roster -- including his title defense against Rory MacDonald in 2015's "Fight of the Year."
Simply put, Lawler is synonymous with violence and thrilling fights.
His counterpart -- former UFC interim Welterweight kingpin Carlos Condit -- is also known for putting on violent spectacles inside the Octagon, and his savage beating of Thiago Alves last May reminded fight fans just how dangerous and exciting the "Natural Born Killer" can be.
UFC 195 may not be the strongest PPV overall, but the main event alone is worth the price of admission.
What's Not: I understand UFC brass is hoping to gain more Fight Pass subscribers in 2016, but stashing Dustin Poirier and Joe Duffy deep on the undercard is a massive mistake in my opinion.
Poirier rarely puts in a bad performance, and nearly every fight he has ever been in has been absolutely thrilling. Because of this, "The Diamond" has headlined a UFC event and been featured on several PPV main cards during his UFC career.
As for Joe Duffy, the Irishman is one of the fastest rising prospects in the sport, and his two straight finishes has made him a must-watch athlete.
Considering how both men could potentially be title challengers in 2016 and beyond, Duffy and Poirier were granted a main event showcase at UFC Fight Night 76 exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, but unfortunately the bout was postponed due to a late injury to the Irishman.
When the fight was rescheduled for UFC 195, many expected the duo to earn the coveted "Prelims" main event slot, or even the PPV opener, but alas they were stashed on Fight Pass in order to accrue more subscriptions.
While I understand the logic behind the move, it would have been much smarter to put the fan-favorites on FOX Sports 1 where millions could see what potentially could be the "Fight of the Night."
Original Card vs Actual Card:
There has been a ton of changes to UFC 195 over the last several months, with the biggest change coming in the main event.
Ronda Rousey was set to defend her Women's Bantamweight Championship against Holly Holm in Las Vegas, but when the scheduled UFC 193 Welterweight title fight between Lawler and Condit was postponed due to an injury to the champ, UFC brass pulled a switcheroo, and the rest is history.
The rest of the changes to UFC 195 were minor, as Russell Doane, Erik Koch, and Kelvin Gastelum all pulled out of their respective fights due to injury, and were replaced by Joe Soto, Scott Holtzman, and Alex Morono.
Alex Morono (vs. Kyle Noke): Alex Morono will make his UFC debut on short notice, and will look to improve upon his 11-3 professional record. "The Great White" is a veteran of Legacy Fighting Championship, but he has yet to fight any caliber opponents.
Justine Kish (vs. Nina Ansaroff): The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran will finally make her UFC debut after a long injury layoff. Currently undefeated at 4-0, Kish will look for her third career submission victory this evening.
How The "Prelims" Look: Strong overall.
As I previously mentioned, Dustin Poirier and Joe Duffy are set to battle on UFC Fight Pass in a fight that is absolutely worthy of a PPV slot.
As if that fight alone wasn't enough, the return of knockout artist Michael McDonald has fight fans giddy with excitement. Now 24-years old, the Bantamweight will look to earn his first UFC victory since August 2013.
The "Prelims" will also see the return of former title challenger Joe Soto, as the former Bellator champ battles Michinori Tanaka in what should be a riveting fight.
Who Needs A Win Badly: This portion is reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs today, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let's take a look at those who need to pull it together:
Sheldon Westcott (vs. Edgar Garcia): If Sheldon Westcott wants to keep his job, he needs to defeat Edgar Garcia tonight on Fight Pass. A product of TUF: Nations, Westcott has been unsuccessful thus far inside the Octagon, failing to accrue a victory in his first two UFC bouts.
Interest Level 8/10
UFC 195 relies heavily on the outstanding main event title fight, but as I previously mentioned, Robbie Lawler battling Carlos Condit is worth the price of admission alone.
Both Condit and Lawler put everything on the line when they step into the Octagon, and we can only hope for all-out warfare this evening in Las Vegas.
With Michael McDonald, Dustin Poirier, Lorenz Larkin, Albert Tumenov, Andrei Arlovski, and Stipe Miocic all set to battle at UFC 195 as well, there are a ton of enthralling fights to look forward to.
If you're sitting on the fence about whether or not you should buy this PPV, I strongly advise you not to miss out on what should be an outstanding start to 2016 for UFC and the sport of MMA.
Check out the full UFC 195 fight card right here:
UFC 195 PPV Main Event:
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit
UFC 195 PPV Co-Main Event:
265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic
UFC 195 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov
145 lbs.: Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega
155 lbs.: Tony Sims vs. Abel Trujillo
UFC 195 FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" (8 p.m. ET):
135 lbs.: Masanori Kanehara vs. Michael McDonald
115 lbs.: Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish
155 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Scott Holtzman
170 lbs.: Kyle Noke vs. Alex Morono
UFC 195 Fight Pass "Prelims" (6:30 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
135 lbs.: Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka
170 lbs.: Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 195 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
For more information on UFC 195, including the full fight card, results, news, and more, click here.