Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit will kick off the New Year on Saturday, January 2, 2016 with a welterwieght title showdown at UFC 195.
The current champion Lawler (26-10, 1 NC) faces former interim champion Codit (30-8) in what is anticipated as title fight that will make history. If Lawler can successfully defend his title by defeating Condit that will certainly place the Coconut Creek, Florida fighter as one of the greatest fighters at 170 pounds.
UFC 195 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is a break down of Lawler vs. Condit:
Fourth greatest number of significant strikes landed among active welterweights
Robbie Lawler defended his belt in what many considered one of the greatest UFC title fights ever, earning a TKO victory over Rory MacDonald at UFC 189. Lawyer connected with 70 significant strikes in that fight taking his UFC tally to 723. Lawyer is one of just eight fighters in UFC history to top 100 significant strikes in two different tittle fights, doing so with 150 at UFC 171 and 116 at UFC 181.
81% finishing rate
Lawler has been one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA for over ten years. Throughout his career he has developed a 15-to-1 knockdown ratio. In the UFC, his eight knockdowns are tied for the third most in welterweight history. Lawyer has finished 21 opponents in his 26 career wins for a finishing rate of 81%.
Highest takedown accuracy in UFC history
Lawler rarely approaches a bout with a takedown-first strategy. He is successful when he chooses to mix in takedowns with his fight strategy. Lawyer has landed 16 of his 20 takedown attempts in the UFC for an accuracy of 80%, the highest in UFC history among fighters with five UFC bouts and a minimum of 20 attempts.
Third most finishers in UFC/WEC Welterweight history
Carlos Condit’s ten combined knockouts and submissions in UFC/WEC competition are the third most in welterweight history. Condit has earned nine post-fight awards, tied for second in UFC/WEC history. He has earned knockout of the Night honors at UFC 132 and UFC 120. In his career he has developed a 93% finishing rate.
Most leg kicks landed in a single UFC fight
Condit’s striking rate in round one with close to three kicks per minute increases to four in rounds two and three. Condit’s striking rate in round three is the fifth highest in UFC welterweight history. At UFC 143 he set the single-fight UFC record for most leg kicks landed with 68 against Nick Diaz, capturing the interim Welterweight Championship in the process.