The first MMA event of 2016 is upon us and it comes in the form of the Ultimate Fighting Championships and most notably, UFC 195. The event will be headlined by a welterweight title fight as Robbie Lawler defends the gold against Carlos Condit. Also, Stipe Miocic faces Andrei Arlovski and TUF champion Diego Brandao will be returning to the octagon.
UFC Welterweight Title Fight
â€œRuthlessâ€ Robbie Lawler (26-10-0-1NC) (Champion) vs. â€œThe Natural Born Killerâ€ Carlos Condit (30-8-0)
Lawler will be making the second defense of his championship, last defending it against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189. Condit has won two of his last three entering this bout, last defeating Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves. Lawler has only lost a single bout since returning to the UFC in early 2013, which came to Johny Hendricks by decision at UFC 171. Condit has already held gold as a professional MMA fighter, as he is a former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion and a former WEC Welterweight Champion. Lawler has become a much more patient fighter since returning to the UFC and Condit has the bigger skill set, Lawler gets a bloody decision win after five rounds of action.
UFC Heavyweight Division Fight
Andrei â€œThe Pit Bullâ€ Arlovski (25-10-0-1NC) vs. Stipe Miocic (13-2-0)
Arlovski has been undefeated since returning to the UFC in mid-2014, most notably defeating Travis Browne at UFC 187. Miocic has won four of his last five under the UFC banner, with that lone loss coming to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos. Arlovski is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, but he has not held the championship in well over a decade. Miocic will be fighting in his first non-main event fight is just under a year, as he last three UFC appearances were in the main event. Arlovski has been relying on his speed and combinations for years now, but Miocic will use his boxing to control the range and get a decision win.
UFC Welterweight Division Fight
Lorenz â€œThe Monsoonâ€ Larkin (16-4-0-1NC) vs. Albert â€œEinsteinâ€ Tumenov (16-2-0)
Larkin has been undefeated since dropping to welterweight, most notably defeating John Howard at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver. Tumenov enters the fight riding a four fight winning streak, last defeating Alan Jouban by TKO at UFC 192. This fight will feature two of the better technical strikers in the UFC, but it will be Larkin catching Tumenov late for a third round TKO win.
UFC Featherweight Division Fight
Diego â€œDBâ€ Brandao (20-10-0) vs. Brian â€œT-Cityâ€ Ortega (9-0-0-1NC)
Brandao will enter the fight riding a two fight winning streak and he was the winner of the UFC Ultimate Fighter 14. Ortega has won one of his two bouts in the UFC (other was a no contest) and he is a former Resurrection Fighting Alliance Featherweight Champion. Ortegaâ€™s strength is to wear fighters down with his ground game and Brandao fades as the fight goes on, Ortega catches Brandao with a second round submission.
UFC Lightweight Division Fight
Tony â€œ2.0â€ Sims (12-3-0) vs. Abel â€œKillaâ€ Trujillo (12-7-0-1NC)
Sims will be looking to rebound from his first UFC defeat, which came to Olivier Aubin-Mercier at UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira. Trujillo will enter the bout on a two fight losing streak and he has not earned a victory in nearly two years. Trujillo will be looking for the fast knockout win, but he will fade as Sims uses his range for a second round TKO finish.
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