Saturday night was an exciting prospect for fight fans, given ‘ruthless’ Robbie Lawler’s impressive track record. This coupled with Carlos Condit’s willingness to stand and trade ensured that we’d all be treated to a stand up brawl and we weren’t disappointed by any means.
Bruce Buffer did his thing and the fight ensued…
5 full rounds and 276 strikes later, both fighters were pictured slumped on the wall of the Octagon after what Dana White described as “one of the best rounds in UFC history.”
Again the ‘veteran voice of the octagon’ took center stage and announced Robbie Lawler as the victor, through split decision.
Resounded throughout the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as a chorus of boos gathered impetus amongst the fans. Dana White’s face was a picture, as he failed to disguise his surprise at the decision. Condit took the decision surprisingly well, heaping praise on “warrior” Robbie Lawler and the two put on a display of mutual respect rarely seen in title fights of such magnitude.
Post fight Dana White revealed: “I had it Condit 3 to Lawler’s 2.”
MMA fans took to social media to express their quarrels with the decision, here’s our pick of the bunch:
However, what seems to elude people is that UFC fights are scored round by round, making whole-match analysis such as this somewhat misleading.
Not to mention the fact that octagon control, pressure, holding the center and other decisive factors are often overlooked by neutrals when it comes to scoring. Dana White suggested that Robbie’s “going for broke” approach in the final round – in which he wobbled Condit several times – was the decisive factor in him edging the result on the night.
Either way it was certainly another controversial decision, and a number of fans are starting to question the capability of judges in the UFC; after what seems like one too many questionable decisions this year.