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The UFC kicked off 2016 with UFC 195, a card that was once expected to be headlined by a now-famous Holly Holm versus Ronda Rousey women’s bantamweight title fight. The event, which marked the UFC’s fourth return to Las Vegas in less than a month, was instead headlined by an unforgettable welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. Elsewhere on the lineup, viewers were treated to action in six of the UFC’s ten divisions, and appearances by resurgent veterans, long-absent contenders, and compelling prospects alike.
When all was said and done, the UFC’s first steps into this new year were undeniably successful. Highlighted by some fantastic finishes, a handful of razor-thin decisions, and plenty of surprises, UFC 195 will not soon be forgotten. Here’s a recap of the action for those who missed it!
The Main Card:
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Lawler Edges Condit in Instant Classic
Sometimes, highly-anticipated matchups fall short—case in point: Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz. Other times, they deliver in ways greater than we could possibly fathom. This was the case when Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit collided in UFC 195’s main event. For five wild rounds, the two welterweights swapped heavy artillery in a truly unforgettable fight.
For most of the bout, Condit’s strategy depended on volume and diversity, as he ripped into the champion with a barrage of nearly 200 significant strikes, including kicks, elbows, knees and punches—even the kitchen sink. Lawler, meanwhile, chose a more measured approach, loading up—and landing—the kinds of punches that could knock a planet out of orbit. Then, in the fifth, all hell broke lose, as the two gritty veterans threw caution and strategy to the wind in a round that will go down in MMA history.
In the end, Lawler retained his title ….View full article