New Year’s is a time for change, but let’s hope neither Robbie Lawler or Carlos Condit will take that to heart.
The two meet for the welterweight title Saturday night at UFC 195, and both are known for their incredible willingness to always bring it.
Lawler, 33 years old, has won four in a row over Rory MacDonald, Johny Hendricks, Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger since a 2014 defeat to Hendricks.
He got his start in 2001, earning four straight first round finishes before signing with the UFC and reeling off three more wins in a row. Since that ’02 debut, though, we have seen a new Lawler come to the forefront.
While he still possesses the incredible power that has allowed him to earn 20 knockout victories, Lawler showed a sense of patience in his win over MacDonald.
Instead of coming forward and wearing himself out, “Ruthless” picked MacDonald apart and survived several nasty shots to earn a fifth round TKO.
Condit, meanwhile, always lives up what might be the best nickname in all of MMA – “The Natural Born Killer.”
The 31-year-old is 2-1 over his last three, losing only to Tyron Woodley when eh suffered a knee injury in the second round. He dropped a pair of tough five round decisions to Georges St-Pierre and Hendricks after reeling off five in a row over 2009-12, including a decision vs. Nick Diaz.
An equal-opportunity finisher, Condit owns 15 career knockouts and 13 more wins via submission. In fact, out of his 38 career fights, just six have gone the distance.
Two more fights just missed out on the ‘can’t-miss’ banner in heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Stipe Miocic and lightweights Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy.
Arlovski and Miocic are likely fighting for positioning beginning in 2016 towards UFC gold, while Poirier and Duffy are key components to the 155-pound hunt.
As always, FightLine will have you covered with complete play-by-play of all the action.