By Ed Diokno
What is it about two men beating each other bloody that others see poetry and beauty? Living up to its advance publicity, Robbie Lawler kept his welterweight title crown by beating Carlos Condit in a split decision yesterday (Jan. 2, 2016) in UFC 195 held in Las Vegas.
Every so often, when we are very lucky and when the gods and goddesses who created fighting decide we all need a little bit of light in our lives, they send us something that warms our hardened hearts and reminds us why we fell in love with the mixing of martial arts in the first place.
In 2015, those moments came along more than we probably deserved. They came in the form of … Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler, the fight that changed two men permanently over the course of 25 minutes in Las Vegas. And for having witnessed it, we were all changed, some for the better and some for the worse.
Those gods and goddesses, despite working overtime last year, decided to kick off the year of our Lord 2016 by sending us another gift. This time, it was in the form of Lawler, the incredibly regenerated man, stepping back in the Octagon with Carlos Condit.
After the fight, Lawler praised his opponent and said, “There were no losers tonight … let’s do it again!”
(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)