We’ve been suggesting this would be the likely outcome for some time, and now it’s official – Robbie Lawler will now defend his welterweight title against Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 195 on January 2nd in Las Vegas.
Lawler Vs Condit was originally tagged to headline the UFC’s Melbourne stadium show in November, but due to a thumb injury the champion had to pull out of the fight and Ronda Rousey Vs Holly Holm was moved from UFC 195 to take it’s place.
That left an obvious opening for Lawler Vs Condit to take on the UFC 195 card if Lawler could get fit in time, and luckily for all concerned that’s exactly how things have panned out.
Lawler has experienced a remarkable surge in form since beginning his second stint in the UFC back in February of 2013, culminating in him defeating Johny Hendricks to seize the title late last year and then TKO’ing Rory MacDonald to successfully defend his title for the first time back in July.
Condit has been far less than Lawler of late after suffering injuring his knee during a takedown by Tyron Woodley when they fought in March of last year, resulting in him losing that fight.
He’s since had surgery on his torn ACL and returned to action with a TKO victory against Thiago Alves in May. That left him placed at No.4 in the division, and the UFC opted to have him leapfrog both Woodley and Hendricks to get the next crack at Lawler’s title.
Lawler Vs Condit is currently the only big fight booked for UFC 195 given that Joanna Jedrzejczyk Vs Valerie Letourneau has now been moved to join Rousey Vs Holm at UFC 193.