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