To the surprise of no one, Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit will leave UFC 195 $50,000 richer for their memorable five-round battle in the main event.
Lawler and Condit earned “Fight of the Night” honors for their welterweight title clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Despite being outlanded by a significant margin, Lawler landed enough meaningful offense to retain his belt via split decision in a back-and-forth slugfest.
Elsewhere, Stipe Miocic not only staked his claim to a heavyweight title shot with a 54-second knockout of Andrei Arlovski in the co-main event, but he garnered a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus in the process. A right hand behind the ear had Arlovski on wobbly legs, and a follow-up salvo put the Belarusian on all fours. From there, Miocic sealed the victory with a series of left hands on his fallen opponent.
Finally, Michael McDonald captured the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for submitting Masanori Kanehara in the evening’s featured preliminary contest. Fighting for the first time in more than two years, McDonald spent much of the bout on his back before rallying to secure a rear-naked choke 2:09 into the second frame.