Robbie Lawler aiming for early 2016 return, hopes to fight at UFC 195


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The UFC's plans of a highly anticipated welterweight title bout between champion Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit were put on hold when it was announced last week the titleholder suffered a thumb injury in training. Fortunately, UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday 'Ruthless' will only be out of training for a month, and is aiming for an early 2016 return on the UFC 195 pay-per-view card. UFC 195 was initially headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm, but that women's bantamweight championship fight was moved to UFC 193 when Lawler vs. Condit was scrapped. Lawler will still likely defend his belt against 'The Natural Born Killer' next, as originally planned. Lawler has won four in a row since losing a close decision to former titleholder Johny Hendricks at UFC 171 in early 2014. He defeated Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown to earn a second shot at 'Bigg Rigg', but things were different in the anticipated rematch. Lawler won a split decision last December, and has since defended his belt against Rory MacDonald via TKO this past July. UFC 195 takes place live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 2. No bouts have been official for the event.

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