Lawler wins split-decision thriller over Condit at UFC 195

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 03, 2016 01:54 PM
Lawler wins split-decision thriller over Condit at UFC 195
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By Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer

(AP) — Robbie Lawler defended his UFC welterweight belt with a bruising split-decision victory over Carlos Condit at UFC 195 on Saturday night.

Lawler (27-10) was awarded the narrow decision after an outstanding five-round brawl. Condit (30-9) landed 120 more strikes and wobbled the champion multiple times, but Lawler's power did enough damage to win three rounds on two judges' scorecards.

Stipe Miocic also stopped Andrei Arlovski with punches 54 seconds into the first round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, likely earning a heavyweight title shot in the UFC's traditional New Year's week show in its hometown.

Lawler and Condit established a lofty benchmark for the best fight of 2016 with their thrilling, draining slugfest. Both fighters landed huge strikes and big knockdowns, yet both bounced up and kept fighting into a brutal fifth round.

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Full event results:

Main card

Robbie Lawler def. Carlos Condit via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)

Stipe Miocic def. Andre Arlovski via first round TKO (0:54 mark)

Albert Tumenov def. Lorenz Larkin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Brian Ortega def. Diego Brandão via third round submission (1:37 mark)

Abel Trujillo def. Tony Sims via first round submission (3:18 mark)

Preliminary card

Michael McDonald def. Masanori Kanehara via second round submission (2:09 mark)

Alex Morono def. Kyle Noke via split decsion (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

Justine Kish def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Drew Dober def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28 on all cards)

Dustin Poirier def. Joseph Duffy via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Michinori Tanaka def. Joe Soto via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Sheldon Wescott def. Edgar Garcia via first round TKO (3:12 mark)

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