As everyone and their dog predicted, Robbie Lawler versus Carlos Condit was the action packed and aggressive battle it was hyped to be. Particularly the fifth round, when Lawler came out guns blazing, in an effort to take Condit out and defend the welterweight title. Lawler came up short, in terms of finishing the challenger, but he did win the round and as a result, reclaimed the 170 belt.
Now depending on how you scored the UFC 195 headliner, you may have thought Lawler needed a finish, after round four concluded. So did one judge, of course, who ended up scoring the fight for Condit.
After the thrilling fight, Lawler had this to say to FOX Sports 1 while discussing round five, and the war as a whole (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“I was trying to go strike for strike with him. He’s a technical fighter. He runs in a lot and I wanted to catch him. I needed to push forward in the fifth and that’s what I did. My corner said go out there and press him. I went out and forced a battle. He’s tough. I landed some big shots. He’s amazing.”
“The fight was close. I thought I won rounds 2 and 5. Carlos is a heck of a competitor. It was an honor to fight him.”
Yup. It was quite the fight, even if you believe Condit did enough to win the belt. Round three ended up being the determining round, as one judge gave that to Condit, while the other two awarded it to Lawler. The rest of the rounds the judges were in agreement.
Now it will be fascinating to see if the UFC goes with an immediate rematch or not. Chances are they’ll wait and see how much buzz there is for one, and whether there’s more fans calling for Tyron Woodley to fight Lawler next.