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UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler had just one thing on his mind at UFC 195.

A knockout.

While Lawler was unable to finish challenger Carlos Condit, he did enough in the eyes of two judges to claim a split decision and begin 2016 with the title still around his waist.

“I wanted to knock him out,” said Lawler, of the action-packed fifth round, during his post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1. “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.”

While many had Condit walking away with the belt, “Ruthless” felt like he won the “swing” rounds.

“The fight was close,” he said. “I thought I won rounds two and five. Carlos is a heck of a competitor. It was an honor to fight him.”

So, after a 25-minute battle, could a rematch be in store? That isn’t up to Lawler.

“The UFC is going to tell me what to do,” he said. “I’m just going to try and get better and improve.”

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A new series featuring UFC president Dana White is set to debut on YouTube this month, as “Lookin for a Fight” hits the online stage.

Set to debut January 11, the series follows White and Matt Serra around the world to find fighters for the UFC.

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ufc 195

What a way to kickoff 2016 in MMA, as UFC 195 went down Saturday night.

Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit set the bar high for everyone else the rest of the year, as the two put together a classic for the UFC welterweight title.

In the end, despite being hit by almost 200 strikes, Lawler successfully defended his title with a split decision victory. Condit, a former interim champion, threw over 500 strikes in the 25-minute battle.

Stipe Miocic ended the hype train of Andrei Arlovski in under a minute, catching the former UFC heavyweight champion with a short right hand that floored him. Miocic continued to attack, earning his fifth finish in under a minute and putting himself in prime position to compete for the title later this year.

In a battle of welterweights trying to get into the Top-10, Albert Tumenov earned his fifth straight win with a split decision victory over Lorenz Larkin. The win tied the best streak in the division with Stephen Thompson.

He calls himself “T-City” for a reason, and Brian Ortega showed it Saturday night, earning his fourth career triangle submission win over Diego Brandao. Ortega took the Brazilian deep into the third, using his ground skills to remain undefeated.

Abel Trujillo proved he’s more than just a striker, locking up his second career – and first inside the Octagon – submission win over Tony Sims to start the main card. Trujillo snapped a two-fight losing skid, both via submission, win the performance.

Following a loss to Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald underwent two surgeries and spent two years on the sidelines before returning and earning a second round submission win over Masanori Kanehara. The win was the 15th finish among 17 career wins for “Mayday.”

Alex Morono, stepping on just days notice as a replacement for Kelvin Gastelum, upset Kyle Noke with a split decision victory. UFC officials signed him 11 days ago to face Noke, and he answered, earning his 12th career win.

In the lone women’s fight of the night, Justine Kish improved to 5-0 with a decision victory over Nina Ansaroff. Kish was on The Ultimate Fighter 20, but a knee injured forced her out of the show.

To begin the FS1 prelims, Drew Dober surprised Scott Holtzman, taking him down several times and grinding out a decision victory. It marked the first loss of Holtzman’s career.

Many wondered why Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy were on Fight Pass, but as a reward for the bout being scrapped last year, UFC officials kept it on the digital platform. The lightweights delivered, as Poirier handed Duffy his first Octagon defeat via decision.

In a hard-fought three-round battle, Michinori Tanaka improved to 11-1 with a split decision win over former Bellator champion Joe Soto. The loss was the third for Soto inside the Octagon.

Canadian Sheldon Westcott kicked off the night with a dominating performance over Edgar Garcia. Westcott scored a takedown and dominated Garcia from there, earning a first round TKO.

Lawler and Condit earned the “Fight of the Night,” while “Performance of the Night” bonuses went to Miocic and McDonald.

The attendance inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena was announced at 10,300 with a live gate of $2 million.

Check out complete results below:

Robbie Lawler def. Carlos Condit via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) to remain UFC welterweight champion

Stipe Miocic def. Andrei Arlovski via TKO (strikes) at :54 of Round 1

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

Brian Ortega def. Diego Brandao via submission (triangle choke) at 1:37 of Round 3

Abel Trujillo def. Tony Sims via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:18 of Round 1

Michael McDonald def. Masanori Kanehara via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:09 of Round 2

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

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

Drew Dober def. Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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

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

Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar Garcia via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 1

ufc 195

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 195.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view.

In the main event, Robbie Lawler looks to defend his welterweight title against former interim champion Carlos Condit.

Lawler (26-10) earned a fifth round stoppage victory over Rory MacDonald earlier this year to remain champion. Condit (30-8) is 2-1 over his last three.

In the co-featured attraction, heavyweight contenders Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski hit the Octagon, while the rest of the PPV main card includes Albert Tumenov-Lorenz Larkin, Diego Brandao-Brian Ortega and Abel Trujillo-Tony Sims.

Scheduled for the FS1 prelims are Michael McDonald-Masanori Kanehara, Kyle Noke-Alex Morono, Justine Kish-Nina Ansaroff and Drew Dober-Scott Holtzman.

All the action begins online with Dustin Poirier-Joseph Duffy, Joe Soto-Michinori Tanaka and Edgar Garcia-Sheldon Westcott.

Of note, this event was scheduled to be headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm for the female bantamweight title. An injury to Lawler, though, pushed this main event back and bumped that one up.

FightLine will be bringing you live play-by-play beginning at6:30 p.m. ET.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia

We’ll begin the night in the welterweight division with Sheldon Westcott (8-3-1) meeting Edgar Garcia (14-4) on UFC Fight Pass.

Round 1: Garcia really loading up the right hand, looking to land a power shot. Westcott ducks under a right and scores with an easy takedown. He’s got the legs of Garcia wrapped and is looking to secure the mount, peppering him with good shots in the process. Westcott takes the back and flattens him out, pounding away with heavy, heavy right hands. Westcott’s just teeing off, but he’s also hitting the back of the head quite a bit which is keeping the ref from stopping it. More shots getting through with two minutes left in the round. And after warning him to improve, this one is all over.

Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar Garcia via TKO (strikes) at 3:12 of Round 1

Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka

Former Bellator champion Joe Soto (15-4) tries to get a victory inside the Octagon against Michinori Tanaka (10-1) in a bantamweight battle.

Round 1: Tanaka with that typical wide-stance like other Japanese MMA fighters. Soto takes the center and peppers him with solid kicks. Soto tries to get in close and eats a right for his effort, but continues to follow up with inside leg kicks. Tanaka fends off a deep single-leg from the former NJCAA wrestling standout. Good 1-2 from Soto connects, but Tanaka just has more power with each strike. With about 90 seconds left, Tanaka gets in a groove and scores with a takedown. Soto throws up a nasty Gogoplata with time to work. He’s got it in very tight as we head under 30 seconds in the round. Nasty elbows landing now from Soto.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soto

Round 2: Tanaka really coming out the aggressor here despite his corner telling him to not load up. Soto continues to work the leg, as there is heavy bruising becoming visible. Blood coming from the nose of Soto, who continues to push forward with leg kicks. Another takedown for Tanaka, but Soto immediately throws up a guillotine with full-guard. The hands are clasped and Soto is cranking the neck, but Tanaka puts out a hand saying he is fine. Tanaka slips free and is now on top looking to pass.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tanaka

Round 3: Soto appeared to be saying something to Tanaka after the second round ended. Not sure what that might have been about. Huge shots coming from Tanaka but they are missing for the most part. Soto talking to him now and coming forward, really trying to engage the fight – just as his corner instructed. Tanaka just letting him punch him in the face, laughing at the same time. Lots of words from Soto, who is fired up and now they are throwing. Huge left, but Tanaka with a takedown. Soto grabs the guillotine once more with two-plus minutes left, pulling down and tight on the neck. He’s got it in very deep and very tight. Soto releases the submission, but is on his back. Soto lands and has busted open the mouth of Tanaka, really taking over in the final moments of this fight.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soto

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

ufc 195

The UFC opens up 2016 with a welterweight title fight this Saturday night at UFC 195.

Robbie Lawler will look to record his second title defense and push his win streak to five in a row when he defends his belt against Carlos Condit.

Lawler (26-10) scored a fifth round TKO over Rory MacDonald last July, while Condit (30-8) has won two of his last three after dropping back-to-back decisions to Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks.

The co-main event boasts heavyweight contenders Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski, while the rest of the pay-per-view main card includes Albert Tumenov vs. Lorenz Larkin, Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega and Abel Trujillo vs. Tony Sims.

Things get started on UFC Fight Pass with three fights, as Dustin Poirier battles Joseph Duffy, Joe Soto squares off against Michinori Tanaka and Edgar Garcia meets Sheldon Westcott.

Four fights are scheduled for FOX Sports 1, with Michael McDonald taking on Masanori Kanehara, Kyle Noke facing Alex Morono, Justine Kish going one-on-one with Nina Ansaroff and Drew Dober tackling Scott Holtzman.

FightLine
will be here all week with coverage leading up to the event, along with complete fight-by-fight play-by-play the night of the card.

Check out the complete lineup below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Welterweight Championship
Robbie Lawler (c) vs. Carlos Condit

Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic

Welterweight: Albert Tumenov vs. Lorenz Larkin

Featherweight: Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega

Lightweight: Abel Trujillo vs. Tony Sims

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Michael McDonald vs. Masanori Kanehara

Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Alex Morono

Strawweight: Justine Kish vs. Nina Ansaroff

Lightweight: Scott Holtzman vs. Drew Dober

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy

Bantamweight: Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka

Welterweight: Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia

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