Welterweight gunslingers threw down in UFC 195's pay-per-view (PPV) main event last night (Sat., Jan. 2, 2016) as division champion, Robbie Lawler, aimed to complete the second title defense of his Octagon career over former interim titleholder, Carlos Condit.
The devastating strikers delivered a spectacular display of violence over 25 minutes inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, more than living up to the lofty pre-fight expectations.
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Lawler and Condit came into their main event meeting off of destructive victories over men like Rory MacDonald and Thiago Alves, respectively, and they didn't disappoint the crowd in "Sin City."
"Natural Born Killer" began the bout rattling off impressive combinations, all the while confusing the American Top Team (ATT)-trained product, Lawler, with his confusing angles and movement. Condit dropped the "Ruthless" champion in round one with a crisp shot right on the chin, which solicited a fiery onslaught from the former.
But, Lawler proved his mettle in the first frame, as well as throughout the entirety of their five-round war, making it into the second round where he became a bit more active. The 33-year-old scored a knockdown of his own via a brilliant right hand, but he chose not to stay in Condit's underrated guard.
Round three was perhaps the most difficult to judge as neither fighter's output was very high, though Condit possessed a significant advantage in strikes thrown and landed through three stanzas. The Jackson-Wink MMA brawler put on a show with his outstanding repertoire of kicks, elbows and knees. Condit arguably took round four via his activity alone, while mixing it up between the Orthodox and Southpaw stances.
The final round is what likely decided the winner of this incredible frenzy. Lawler pushed the pace and took control immediately as he rumbled into striking range with everything but the kitchen sink.
However, Condit answered with knees to the body and a sweeping flurry of punches. Lawler made one last push, repeatedly tagging the superhuman Condit, which was apparently enough for the judges cageside, who awarded him the split-decision victory.
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Lawler runs his win streak up to five, while Condit falls to 0-2 in undisputed UFC title fights. It's a disappointing result for Condit, who previously questioned how long he had left in the sport prior to his engagement with Lawler.
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