Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the first event for the UFC in 2016 and airs on pay-per-view as UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler makes his second title defense against former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit in the main event. The co-main event is a heavyweight bout that could secure the winner a title shot as Stipe Miocic takes on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski. Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 PM eastern time with the preliminary action all the way thru the main card.
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PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT)
WELTERWEIGHTS- SHELDON WESTCOTT (8-3-1, 0-2 UFC) VS. EDGAR GARCIA (14-4, 0-3 UFC)
First round: Wescott with a bodylock takedown Wescott throwing lefts. He’s got the back and working for a choke. Wescott landing all kinds of punchex from back position. Wescott landing a ton of punches. I’m surpised it wasn’t stopped. This is too many punches. It was stopped way too late. Not as bad as the Sakuraba fight, but it was feeling like the same kind of nightmare.
BANTAMWEIGHTS- JOE SOTO (15-4, 0-2 UFC) VS. MICHINORI TANAKA (10-1, 1-1 UFC)
First round: Holy crap does Mario Yamasaki look like he hasn’t slept in a month. Soto using low kicks. Soto tried a takedown, Tanaka blocked and landed punches. Tanaka landed a right. Soto with another low kick. Hard low kick by Tanaka. Nice left by Soto. Low kick by Tanaka and Tanaka took him down. Soto working for a googplata. Elbows by Soto. Tanaka out of trouble. Tanaka escaped and had a huge smile on his face. Soto 10-9, but close.
Second round: Head kick by Tanaka. Tanaka missing punches. Tanaka staring to land now. Knee by Tanaka but Soto back with a punch. Soto with a hard low kick. Body kick by Soto. Tanaka’s left leg is all red from the low kicks. Knee by Tanaka and a judo hip toss took Soto down. Soto working for a guillotine now. Tanaka cleared it and on top. Tanaka landing some elbows. Nice groundwork by Tanaka. Tanaka with some punches and elbows. Tanaka with more punches. Tanaka’s round so 19-19.
Third round: Tanaka landing some punches. Knee by Tanaka. Left by Soto. Left by Tanaka. Tanaka landing more punches and Soto back with a left. Tanaka with a takedown attempt but Soto back up. Left by Soto. Left by Tanaka as Soto taunted him. Tanaka with a takedown. Soto again working for a guillotine. Soto has a body triangle as well. Tanaka escaped and on top. Soto back up. Soto with a left and right. Crowd really into this. Uppercut by Soto. Trading punches but Soto landing more solidly. Nice left by Soto. Tanaka bleeding from the nose and mouth. Takedown by Soto and he got mount and his back and is working for a choke as time ran out. The crowd really liked the fight, 29-28 Soto.
Scores: Tony Weeks 29-28 Tanaka Adelaide Byrd 29-28 Soto, Chris Lee 29-28 Tanaka. Bad call. Not terrible call but bad call.
LIGHTWEIGHTS- (#12) DUSTIN POIRIER (18-4, 9-3 UFC) VS. JOSEPH DUFFY (14-1, 2-0 UFC)
First round: Poirier landing good shots from a clinch. Duffy with punches. Leg kick by Duffy. Body kick by Poirier. Right by Duffy. Big right by Duffy hurt Poirier to the body. Poirier looks out of trouble. Duffy with a body shot. Two right uppercuts by Duffy. Another right by Duffy. Poirier landing shots from the clihch. Both swinging. This is geat. Takedown by Poirier. Duffy bleeding from the nose. Duffy bleeding from the nose Poirier with a shot. Punch and knee by Poirier as Duffy got up. Hard elbow by Duffy. Both landed good rights. Close round, Poirier 10-9.
Second round: Poirier with a takedown. Poirier bleeding badly from the nose. Blood is pouring out of Poirier’s nose all over Duffy, who is on the bottom. The nose looks broken. Poirier just bleeding all over him. Poirier with an elbow from the top. Nice elbows from the top by Poirier. More hard elbows by Poirier. Lots of elbows by Poirier. Hard elbows by Poirier. Now Duffy bleeding badly from the elbows. He’s got a ton of different cuts. Big rights from the top by Poirier 10-8 round I’ve got so 20-17 Poirier
Third round: Poirier with a low kick. Good body shot by Duffy. Poirier took him down again. Duffy tried to roll out. Duffy went for a heel hook. Poirier escaped and back on top. The ref ordered a standup. There was no reason and fans booed that call. Duffy now landing punches. Left and right to the body. Poirier with a punch and takedown. Poirier with an elbow. Duffy with a triangle right as the fight ended. Really good fight. 30-26 Poirier.
Scores: 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27 for Poirier.
Poirier said he’s coming after the strap. Poirier said I don’t get triangled, I’ve got double jointed shoulders and I don’t get tired.
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX SPORTS 1- 8 PM ET/5 PM PT)
LIGHTWEIGHTS- SCOTT HOLTZMAN (8-0, 1-0 UFC) VS. DREW DOBER (15-7 1 NC, 1-3 1 NC UFC)
First round: Dober with a left. Body kick by Holtzman. Holtzman tied him up in a clinch. Holtzman has him against the cage. Holtzman trying for a takedown but Dober blocking the attempts. Dober with a takedown. Dober with another takedown. Dober 10-9.
Second round: Elbow by Dober hurt him. Dober shot in for a takedown but Holtzman blocked it this time. Dober with elbows standing. Holtzman with a shin to the face. Takedown by Holtzman. Another takedown by Holtzman. Holtzman with ground and pound. Holtzman with good punches from the top. Holtzman with more punches and elbows from the top. Holtzman’s round for sure so 19-19.
Third round: Dober with a nice left. Dober looking for a takedown and got him down after a struggle. Spinning backfist by Holtzman. Dober took him down again. Holtzman all bloody from an elbow and Herb Dean stopped the fight for the doctor to check on him. Head kick by Hotlzman and Dober back with a punch. Right by Dober. Another right and left by Dobrer. Dober working for a takedown and got it. Hotltzman back up. Another takedown by Dober. He’s got his back. Dober 29-28.
Scores: All three have it 29-28 for Dober. All three rounds were clear.
WOMEN'S STRAWWEIGHTS- JUSTINE KISH (4-0, 0-0 UFC) VS. NINA ANSAROFF (6-4, 0-1 UFC)
First round: Ansaroff got poked in the right eye. Kish’s left thumbs went right in the eye. Ansaroff landing punches and kicks. Kish blocked a takedown. Both trading. Kish with elbows. Kish now landing punches. Kish with a knee to the body. Body kick by Ansaroff. Ansaroff with punches. They traded knees to the body. Takedown by Kish. Body kick by Ansaroff and Kish with punches. Ansaroff with some punches. Very close round. 10-9 Ansaroff.
Second round: Kick by Kish. Low kicks by Kish. Both landing hard shots. Ansaroff hurt him with a left hook and a kick. Left jab by Ansaroff. Right by Ansaroff. Kish used a headlock takedown. Kish’s round 19-19, but this round was close as well as Ansaroff was getting the better of the standup before the takedown.
Third round: Ansaroff with a takedown. Kish thought armbar but Ansaroff cleared it. Nice escape by Kish. Kish with punches. Kish with the takedown. Kish with punches from the top. Kish moved to the mount. Now she’s got her back. Ansaroff reversed to the top. Ansaroff’s comeback at the end made it close. I’ve got Kish 29-28 and she should win, but we’ll see.
Scores: 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 Kish. You could go 30-27 as the first round was close.
WELTERWEIGHTS- KYLE NOKE (22-7-1, 6-3 UFC) VS. ALEX MORONO (11-3, 0-0 UFC)
First round: Morono was taking this fight on 11 days notice. Noke with a kick. Noke with a right. Nice spin kick by Morono. Noke landed a left as Morono was off balance. Big right by Noke. Side kicks by Noke. Morono landed a good right moving in. Noke 10-9.
Second round: Spin kick by Morono. Morono with a Superman punch. Noke missed a kick and Morono landed punches. Morono landing punches. Noke jumped on his back. Morono shook him off. Morono going for a heel hook. Noke out of it and on top. Noke with a knee to the body and punches. Noke 20-18.
Third round: Noke told his corner his nose was broken. Noke kicked the body. Both throwing punches. Morono with a hard right. Trading punches. Noke landing punches. Spinning elbow by Noke. Takedown by Noke. Morono working for an armrbar. Noke escaped. Morono so 29-28 Noke I’ve got. Morono winning would be possible.
Scores: Sal D’Amato has it 29-28 Morono, Patricia Morse Jarman has it 30-27 Noke, Chris Lee has it 29-28 Morono. Morono was shocked he won. Crowd doesn’t like it.
BANTAMWEIGHTS- (#8) MICHAEL MCDONALD (16-3, 5-2 UFC) VS. MASANORI KANEHARA (25-12-5, 1-1 UFC)
First round: McDonald with a big right. Kanehara shot for a takedown and got it. McDonald working for a guillotine with a body triangle. Kanehara out of trouble. Kanehara moved to mount. Kanehara 10-9.
Second round: Left and right by McDonald. Kanehara took him down off a kick. Kanehara moved to side control. Kanehara with knees to the body. Kanehara with a head and arm choke. McDonald escaped and got his back and is working for a choke. Kanehara tapped. Wow. McDonald was losing the entire fight, escaped a submission and then got the win.
MAIN CARD (PPV- 10 PM ET/7 PM PT)
LIGHTWEIGHTS- ABEL TRUJILLO (12-7 1 NC, 3-3 1 NC UFC) VS. TONY SIMS (12-3, 1-1 UFC)
First round: Both threw. Sims landed a right. Sims with a left and right. Sims took him down but Trujillo has a guillotine and tapped him out.
FEATHERWEIGHTS- DIEGO BRANDAO (20-10, 6-3 UFC) VS. BRIAN ORTEGA (9-0 1 NC, 1-0 1 NC UFC)
First round: Brandao swinging wildly. High slam and Ortega tried an uma plata, but Brandao is out of trouble. Brandao with a hard low kick. Hard right by Brandao. Takedown by Brandao. Brandao with punches. Right by Brandao. Both landing punches but Brandao’s shots are crisper. Body kick by Ortega. Brandao 10-9.
Second round: Brandao with a left. Body kick by Brandao. Ortega with a right. Big right by Brandao. Right by Brandao. Ortega with punches. Body kick by Ortega. Brandao took this round as well so up 20-18. Ortega looks to need a finish.
Third round: Both out swinging. Ortega went for a takedown but Brando ended up on top. Brandao let him up and took him back down. Ortega working for a choke. Brandao escaped. Ortega went for a triangle for the submission. It was an Anaconda choke and moved to a mount, went for a guillotine, let it go and did a great triangle set up for the submission. That finish was bonus worthy.
WELTERWEIGHTS- LORENZ LARKIN (16-4 1 NC, 3-4 UFC) VS. ALBERT TUMENOV (16-2, 4-1 UFC)
First round: Nothing happening early. Larkin caught the kick. Low kick by Larkin. Another low kick by Larkin. Tumenov moving in with a big flurry. Right and left by Tumenov. Low kick by Larkin. Hard kick by Tumenov. Front kick by Larkin. Big right by Tumenov. Low kick by Larkin. Another low kick by Larkin. Low kick by Larkin. Larkin 10-9. Close round.
Second round: Larkin with a body kick. Larkin with a low kick. Larkin throwing low kicks. Right by Larkin. Tumenov in with punches. Tumenov landing to the body hard. Larkin with a low kick and Tumenov switched his stance. Tumenov landing lefts to the body. Larkin with a right. Both missing big punches. Tumenov landed a head kick. Big left by Tumenov. Left and right by Tumonev. Tumenov’s left leg is hurt. Tumenov’s round 19-19.
Third round: Tumenov with punches. Larkin with spinning low kicks. More low kicks by Larkin. Spin kick to the thigh by Larkin. Right by Tumenov. Larkin destroyed Tumenov’s left leg. Tumenov with a right. Larkin shot in for a takedown attempt. Tumenov blocking. Right by Larkin as Tumeonv went for the takedown. Larkin 29-28. Another close one.
Scores: Juichiro Kamijo 29-28 Tumenov, Adelaide Byrd 29-28 Larkin, Derek Cleary 29-28 Tumenov.
HEAVYWEIGHTS- (#3) STIPE MIOCIC (13-2, 7-2 UFC) VS. (#2) ANDRE
First round: Arlovski kicking the knee. Miocic hurt him with two punches and finished him with punches on the ground. Right to the left ear, a right to the jaw and a left and Arvloski was down and a few punches on the ground and it was over. :54
Miocic is demanding a title shot and with this one, he deserves it.
UFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP- (C) ROBBIE LAWLER (26-10 1 NC, 11-4 UFC) VS. (#4) CARLOS CONDIT (30-8, 7-4 UFC)
First round: Condit with a body kick. Low kick by Condit. Lawler landing good punches. Condit landed a left and a push and Lawler went down. Body kick by Condit and a knee. Condit is hurting him. Body kick by Condit. Another body kick by Condit. Lawler with a right. Knee by Condit. Body kick by Condit. High kick by Condit. Condit with a left and kick. Low kick by Condit. Low kick again by Condit. Body kick and left hook by Condit. Condit 10-9
Second round: Slower second round. Condit with some low kicks. Lawler landed a punch but Condit back with punches Body kick by Condit. Lawler blasted him with a left and Condit went down and he’s inn trouble. Condit tied him up. Lawler wanted him to get up. Made sense for him to do so. Left by Lawler. Head kick by Condit. Lawler with a hard left. Lawler missing big punches. Big left by Lawler. Lawler’s round 19-19.
Third round: Condit with low kicks. Body kick by Condit. Both swinging and Lawler getting the better of it. Knee by Condit and hard punch, Both swinging like crazy. Body kick by Condit. Lawler with a hard elbow. Condit missing a flurry. Head kick by Condit but didn’t land hard. Condit with a knee to the body. Body kick by Condit. Low kick by Lawler. Condit 29-28.
Fourth round: Lawler threw a left. Body kick by Condit. Body kick by Condit. Lawler slipped. Lawler landed a left. Both throwing big punches. Lawler threw a kick and Condit with a low kick and Lawler went down. Head kick by Condit. Condit with a right. Jumping knee by Condit short. Front kick by Condit and hard body kick by Condit. Low kick by Condit. Punches and low kick by Condit. Condit hurt him and Condit trying to finish him. Spinning backfist, knee and a flurry of punches by Condit. Condit landing more punches and a knee. Lawler with a big left. Condit 39-37.
Firth round: Lawler rushed in but Condit landed a few punches. Lawler throwing hard punches but Condit out of the way and came back. Front kick by Condit. Lawler landed big punches. Condit in with punches and elbows. Condit landed several punches and a body kick. Condit landing more punches. Condit landing a lot of punches now. Front kick by Condit. Lawler with a left and right. Body kick by Lawler. Condit back with punches. Condit landing a ton of punches. Head kick by Condit more punches. Lawler with a big right. Big left by Lawler. Condit back. Lawler big left rand big right by Lawler. Knee by Lawler. Big left by Lawler. Head kick by Lawler. Condit with a right. Condit back with punches. One of the best rounds of all-time. Condit back with punches and Lawler with punches. Condit with a right and a left. Both throwing as time ran out. Lawler’s round. This was a match of the year and then some. Lawler’s round I’ve got 48-47 for Condit.
Scores: Tony Weeks has it 48-47 Condit, Chris Lee has it 48-47 Lawler, Derek Cleary has it 48-47 Lawler.
They need a rematch.
I just rewatched round three. This could have gone either way. You could go with Lawler in the third, he landed the best shots even though Condit landed far more. I can't call it a bad decision although I'd go for Condit. A rematch is the way to go.