Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit have a new date to circle on their calendars. It was announced on Friday that the welterweight championship bout between the two will now take place at UFC 195 on January 2, 2016 in Las Vega, Nevada.
The bout will replace the women’s bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm as the main event. The Rousey and Holm bout was recently moved up to UFC 193 to help bolster ticket sales for the outdoor arena the event will take place in. The two title bouts essentially switched cards as it was Lawler and Condit were originally scheduled to main event UFC 193 but an injury to Lawler forced the bout to be pushed back a few months.
Lawler (26-10) suffered a hand injury but the injury was not severe enough to require surgery. Since returning to the UFC in 2013, Lawler has gone 7-1 with four knockout victories. His most recent bout against Rory MacDonald was hailed as an instant classic as both men showed unbelievable amounts of guts and heart in a bloody battle that sent both men to the hospital. Lawler would win the bout in the fifth round with a knockout but it was a fight that really had no loser in it.
Condit (30-8) recently returned from a knee injury to put on a dominant performance against Thiago Alves. The bout was stopped after the second round due to Alves’ severely broken nose. After winning the interim UFC welterweight championship Condit was gone 2-3 in his last five bouts and was out for over a year after suffering a knee injury during his bout with Tyron Woodley. With he win over Alves and now being seemingly at 100 percent, Condit can no look to regain the momentum he had back in 2012.