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Monday Morning Hangover: What's next for Carlos Condit after loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 195?

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC 195 blew the roof of MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday night (Jan., 2, 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For complete coverage including play-by-play results click here.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Andrei Arlovski, who saw his title hopes go up in flames after Stipe Miocic walked away with first-round knockout victory (see it again here). And Joseph Duffy, who had his run stopped by Dustin Poirier.

Full recap here.

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?

Carlos Condit.

Going into his welterweight title fight against division champion Robbie Lawler, "The Natural Born Killer" had already tasted Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gold. But as he recently admitted, winning the interim strap simply isn't the real deal.

Unfortunately for Condit, despite a gutsy performance (video replay), he came up just short of claiming the official belt, as the ringside judges awarded Robbie a split-decision win (see the official scorecard here).

A decision that didn't sit too well with many -- including yours truly -- as Carlos proved to have a good gameplan that seemed effective enough to warrant a win. But as we've seen in the past, Robbie somehow finds a way to steal rounds in the eyes of the officials thanks to his swarming offense in the waning moments.

And that was the case in the fifth and final round, which proved to be one of the most entertaining five minutes in MMA history.

The loss -- how ever close it was -- is a brutal one for Condit, as it fogs up his future plans. After the bout, Carlos confirmed that retirement was creeping into his mind, something he thought about long before the fight.

It's a thought that probably would have stayed buried had he proved victorious, according to "The Natural Born Killer."

Now, he'll go back to the drawing board, regroup, take some time off from face punching and see if he still wants to go through the rigors of trying to stir up another three or four-fight win streak in order to get to his fourth championship fight inside the Octagon.

After all, he is still only 31 years of age, which means he has plenty of good years ahead of him. But at the end of the day, he has been in the fight game for nearly 15 years, and the wear-and-tear his body has accumulated over the years may be taking its toll.

Especially when you have a style of fighting such as Condit's, which is full speed ahead and never letting your foot of the gas pedal.

If he does decide to return to action, perhaps a bout against the loser of the upcoming bout between Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard would be a good test for "The Natural Born Killer."

Unless, of course, you have a better option in mind.

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