Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit threw everything he had had Robbie Lawler Saturday night at UFC 195.
However, it was not enough, as Lawler retained the title with a split decision victory.
Condit, who also was the last fighter to hold the WEC title, finished with 504 total strikes thrown in the 25-minute fight. He connected on just short of 200 of them, which was more than Lawler threw in the fight.
“I felt like I had three rounds in the bag,” Condit said. “But that is why you don’t leave it to the judges.
“I knew (heading into the fifth) it was close, but I thought I was ahead.”
Lawler retained the title on the heels of strong finishes to the rounds he won, including the fifth, when both stood and went toe-to-toe.
“Even in the fifth, you have to still fight,” Condit said. “You have to win that last round.”