Sunday January 3, 2016— Live from the MGM in Las Vegas the undisputed welterweight championship was on the line, As Champion Ruthless Robbie lawler defended his title against #4 ranked welterweight in the world Carlos Condit. A match up of some of the best strikers in the game going at it for the top prize. In the co main event the next potential challenger for the heavyweight title was up for grabs as Andrei Arlovski took on Stipe Miocic. The long-awaited fight between Dustin Porier and Joe Duffy, and a full slate of prelims kicking things off. Another night with so much up for grabs in the UFC, from the prelims to the main event.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!!!
The 1st prelim kicks off in the in the welterweight division as Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1) took on Edgar Garica (14-4), Westcott finishes Garcia by TKO in the 1st round. Next up in the bantamweight division Joe Soto (15-4) took on Michinori Tanaka (10-1), Soto’s struggles continue as Tanaka gets the split decision victory. Next in the lightweight division a match that we have all been waiting for finally went down as Dustin Poirier (18-4) took on Joe Duffy (14-1) in the featured UFC Fightpass prelim bout, and after three bloody rounds and a close submission as the 3rd round expired the winner by unanimous decision Dustin Poirier. As the prelims continue on fox sports we stay in the lightweight division as Scott Holtzman (8-0) took on Drew Dober (15-7), after three rounds of a bloody back and forth fight the winner by unanimous decision Drew Dober. Next up in the women’s strawweight division Justine Kish (4-0) took Nina Ansaroff (6-4), and after going the distance the winner by unanimous decision Justine Kish.
Next the welterweights take center stage as Kyle Noke (22-7-1) took on UFC new comer Alex Morono (11-3), after going the distance the winner by split decision in his UFC debut Alex Morono. Next up in the bantamweight division Michael McDonald (16-3) took on Masanori Kanehara (25-12-5), the winner by rear naked choke in the 2nd round Michael McDonald a well deserved victory for the returning McDonald, a hell of a finish. The main card kicks off in the lightweight division as Abel Trujillo (12-7) took on Tony Sims (12-3), in the 1st round a beautiful guillotine finish for the Blackzilians Abel Trujillo. Next in the featherweight division Diego Brandao (24-10) took on undefeated Brian Ortega (9-0), in the 3rd round a very impressive ground game keeps Ortega undefeated as he gets the submission finish. Next up in the welterweight division Lorenz Larkin (16-4) took on Albert Tumenov (16-2), after three rounds the winner split decision Albert Tumenov.
Co Main Event Heavyweight Division
#2 Andrei Arlovski Vs #3 Stipe Miocic
With so much on the line in the co main event, these two top heavyweight contenders hit the main stage with one goal and that’s a victory. Everyone knows that the winner of this fight will be next in line for a title shot. Arlovski is on a roll, and Miocic is one of the deadliest fighters in the division. Two men one goal. The 1st round starts out with some standing and banging and a right hand by Miocic catches Arlovski followed by some ground and pound the fight is stopped and that is it. A 1st round TKO finish for Miocic in dominating fashion. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Stipe is next in line for a title shot.
Main Event Undisputed Welterweight Championship
C. Robbie Lawler Vs #4 Carlos Condit
In the main event Ruthless Robbie Lawler was set to defend his title for the 2nd time, and as everyone saw in is 1st defense Lawler will go to all lengths to keep his title. Condit is a former interim champ who has trained for this fight his whole career. Both fighters that are the total packages in the welterweight division tore down the house with the gold on the line. The 1st round starts out with both fighters showing respect to one another not a lot of action after a few trades Condit lands one on Lawler that connects and takes the champion down. Lawler bounces back and gets to his feet. Condit being the aggressor by pressing on Lawler and throwing combos. As the 1st round wore on Condit continues to keep Lawler on the outside really leaving open opportunities for Condit to strike. The 1st round ends with Condit having the advantage.
The 2nd round begins with Lawler being the aggressor but Condit keeps Lawler true by not letting him come inside. Both fighters remain patient, Condit continues to work his combos. Lawler tags Condit. Now the champion looks for ground and pound, Condit goes into his guard and Lawler asks for the stand up. Lawler aggresses with more confidence, as the round comes to an end both fighters exchange blows and the bell sounds. Through two rounds the fight seems even both knockdowns and both fighters staying patient. The 3rd round starts off with both fighters staying patient but in no time they come to blows one after another trading fists Lawler throws a nasty elbow that lands and Condit works into the clinch. Both fighters work back to the center Condit rushes Lawler and lands some Knees to the body but the champion works his way out and works it back to the center.
The 3rd round comes to an end with both fighters standing tall. As the championship rounds begin the fight is up in the air though both have landed big blows this fight couldn’t be any closer. The 4th round begins with both fighters circling the center of the octagon, Condit continues to throw his combos to keep Lawler back. The champion presses the action landing some right hands but with Condits length Lawler stays back. Condit has landed some mean leg kicks throughout this fight that has caused a slip or two from the champion. Condit lands a mean kick to the body. The challenger has seemed to take the lead in the fight. Condit tags Lawler and works him against the cage Hard Knees and Lawler is just trying to make it out of the round and as the 4th round comes to an end Carlos Condit took control of the fight. That was a huge round for the challenger as Condit pushed Lawler and had him rocked. This fight is up in the air but Condit does seem to have the slight edge.
The 5th and final round begins with Lawler looking to Press Condit but the challenger is well prepared. Lawler continues to land blows but the combos by Condit keep the champion back. The champion continues to take punishment as Condit lands another combo that has the champion reeling. The time seems to be winding down on the champions title reign and Condit continues the blows. Robbie Lawler shows his champions heart and lays everything on the line by throwing everything but the kitchen sink on Condit. Everything lands but Condit stays on his feet. Condit throws some blows back. Both fighters leaving everything in the octagon. The round starts to come to a close and both fighters are so beat that they can’t lift their hands and the horn blows and both men gasp for air.
The best ending to a fight I have ever seen. After going the distance the winner by split decision ANDSTILL UNDISPUTED WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION RUTHLESS ROBBIE LAWLER. A fight that was up in the air the whole night but, the 5th and final round was just breath-taking and amazing wow what a fight. The champion showed just how tough he is.
The night comes to an end with some amazing fights that everyone was expecting. A new number one contender was crowned. What some might say is the best welterweight fight of all time, and especially the last round. The challenger Carlos Condit fought his heart off and was in that fight all the way to the end. The champion Robbie Lawler put it all on the line and showed how the heart of a champion always pays off. What a night from the MGM. The UFC never lets us down, congrats to the undisputed welterweight champion of the world Ruthless Robbie Lawler.
UFC 195: Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit Official Results:
- Robbie Lawler def. Carlos Condit
to retain welterweight title by
split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
- Stipe Miocic def. Andrei Arlovski by
TKO (punches) in Round 1, 0:54
- Albert Tumenov def. Lorenz Larkin by
split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Brian Ortega def. Diego Brandao by
submission (triangle choke) in Round 3, 1:37
- Abel Trujillo def. Tony Sims bu
submission (guillotine choke) in Round 1, 3:18
- Michael McDonald def. Masanori Kanehara by
submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2, 2:09
- Alex Morono def. Kyle Noke by
split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
- Justine Kish def. Nina Ansaroff by
unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Drew Dober def. Scott Holtzman by
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Dustin Poirier def. Joseph Duffy by
unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Michinori Tanaka def. Joe Soto
split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar Garcia by
TKO (punches) in Round 1, 3:12
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