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UFC 195 results: Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit go to war, 'Ruthless' retains title via split decision

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
To watch Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit full fight video highlights from UFC 195 last night click here.

Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit, two of the very best finishers in mixed martial arts (MMA) -- not just the 170-pound weight class -- collided tonight (Sat., Jan. 2, 2016) in the main event of UFC 195 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

AND STILL! Even though it did not come without controversy, as Condit dropped the champion -- and landed more strikes than Lawler attempted -- but it still was not enough in the eyes of the judges.

From the start, it was clear that Condit intended to keep his distance and avoid the power of the champion. He circled left, away from Lawler's power hand, peppering his lead leg with kicks to maintain distance. Ninety seconds into the match and Lawler exploded, landing several nice shots along the cage, and Condit fired back, dropping "Ruthless" with a solid left-handed shovel hook only for him to smile and get back to his feet immediately.

Condit later connected with a powerful straight right hand that appeared to stun Lawler, who took his foot off the gas pedal to clear the cobwebs. Condit pressed the action late in the round, landing a nice left kick to the body, but eating a hard right cross on his way out.

In the second stanza, Lawler opened the action with a hard left kick to Condit's mid-section. Condit scored with a left hook, but then ate one in response. He continued to use his legs to keep Lawler at bay, but "Ruthless" was able to score with a nice shot. Moments later Condit waded in with a sloppy knee and Lawler dropped him with a huge right hook. He hesitated as Condit hit the mat and dove in, but "Natural Born Killer" was able to quickly regain his wits at avoid additional punishment.

To watch Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit full fight video highlights from UFC 195 last night click here.

Lawler let him get back to his feet and landed another looping left hand, which Condit was better able to tolerate. Lawler caught Condit charging in with an uppercut as the round ended.

Condit came out in round three with a leg-heavy attack, but none of them landed with much significance. Lawler grew impatient and began unleashing bombs, as well as a high kick -- and then a short elbow -- but Condit somehow seemed seriously unaffected. Lawler appeared to take most of the second-half of the round off, allowing Condit to push the pace and chase him with a variety of leg attacks.

In the final minute, Lawler briefly angled for a takedown, but it didn't materialize, and the round concluded shortly thereafter.

Lawler came out seemingly refreshed for the championship rounds, going on the offensive to start the fourth frame. Condit attempted to come in with a knee and Lawler nailed him with a nice short left hook. His output has been limited, though, with Condit landing more strikes than Lawler has actually thrown. Lawler tried to get going midway through the round, but he seemed unwilling -- or unable -- to pull the trigger.

Condit was able to trap Lawler along the cage and land a nice kick to the body, then clipped him with a grazing left that made him wobble. Condit poured on the pressure and drilled Lawler with several solid shots as he looked up at the clock to see if he would make it. Very strong finish from Condit, meaning that Lawler needed to close out the fifth and final round or risk losing his world title.

Lawler looked desperate to start the final round, looking to smother Condit with wild strikes. Condit fired back, though, even though a huge right hand found its mark. Condit landed a left, then tried a spinning backfist, but Lawler stopped him with a right hand.  Condit began to pour it on with creative strikes, while Lawler appeared to enter Zombie Mode.

Condit continued to pour on the relentless pressure, but Lawler responded with a huge barrage. Condit somehow stayed upright as Lawler continually tagged him with bombs. With one minute remaining, both fighters stood in the center of the Octagon and went to war, totally drained. It was an incredible final three minutes, and it's amazing that Condit was able to remain standing -- Lawler hit him with everything but the kitchen sink.

Indeed, he has an inhuman chin. But, somehow, his beard, gameness, and sheer striking volume were not enough to unseat the durable champion. That's right, the judges sitting ringside sided with Lawler, awarding him a very close and controversial decision.

For complete results from UFC 195: "Lawler vs. Condit," including play-by-play updates, click here and here.

To watch Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit full fight video highlights from UFC 195 last night click here.

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