Dana White said he believed Carlos Condit won the fight 3 rounds to 2. Media scores had 15 for Condit, three for Lawler and two had it a draw.
Every judge agreed that Lawler won rounds two and five and Condit won one and four. It came down to the third round, where Tony Weeks gave it to Condit, while Chris Lee and Derek Cleary gave it to Lawler.
The big surprise post-match is that Condit talked of retiring.
“It’s not an emotional thing,” said Condit, who didn’t appear mad at all about losing the decision, even though he said he felt he won rounds one, three and five. “I’m not really dejected. I have to evaluate, but there’s a possibility this fight will be the last one. I’ve been doing this a long time, over 40 professional MMA fights. I came up short tonight. I don’t know. Tonight was kind of a do-or-die moment for my career. I was all in. If I got the strap, I was going to keep on fighting. If I didn’t, I’d have to see if I can continue to do this.”
White pushed pretty strongly that he agreed Stipe Miocic deserved the next heavyweight title shot, but was noncommittal about whether Condit would get a rematch.
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