The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Las Vegas on Saturday night for its fourth event in its home city inside of the past 30 days.
UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit kicked off the New Year in style with several exciting finishes for UFC officials to choose from for the traditional post-fight awards, which are accompanied by $50,000 bonus checks for the honorees.
The two battled back and forth for five rounds, leaving fans and pundits deeply divided over who won the fight. In the end, the split-decision nod went to the champion, Lawler, who kept the welterweight belt around his waist.
Miocic stunned the former champion with a short right hand and dropped Arlovski with a follow-up combination. He finished with a series of left hands forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the action. With the win, Miocic solidified himself as the top contender in the heavyweight division.
Bantamweight Michael McDonald earned a Performance of the Night award for his second-round submission on the preliminary card. McDonald had been out of action for two years prior to Saturday. The former title contender took Masanori Kanehara’s back early in the second frame and locked on a rear-naked choke that forced the Japanese fighter to tap out.