Robbie Lawler, right, fights Carlos Condit during a welterweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 195, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Only the fifth-round bell could stop Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit from punishing each other.Although Lawler kept his title by a narrow margin, he can't wait to do it all again.Lawler defended his UFC welterweight belt with a split-decision victory over Condit at UFC 195 Saturday night, getting the promotion's New Year off to a thrilling start.Condit (30-9) landed 120 more strikes and wobbled the champion multiple times, but Lawler's power did enough damage to win three rounds on two judges' scorecards.While Condit said he would consider retirement, Lawler had a better idea.Lawler and Condit established a lofty benchmark for the best fight of 2016 with their draining slugfest.The third round was the only one in dispute on the judges' scorecards, with Lawler getting the nod on two cards despite Condit's 22 strikes to Lawler's 10, which included a vicious elbow.Condit had done just about everything in MMA aside from winning an undisputed UFC belt.
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