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