Condit calls Lawler ‘basic’, predicts victory

UFC welterweight title challenger Carlos Condit says champion Robbie Lawler's skills are “basic” and is confident of claiming a victory when they meet on January 2.

Lawler has won seven of his eight fights since resigning with the UFC in 2013, including his last four bouts; applying the same sprawl and brawl style in every one.

Condit also prefers to keep fights standing, but is rangier and has a more varied and technical striking arsenal.

"Robbie is fairly basic in what he does, but he's phenomenal in executing those basics and he's very dangerous,” Condit told MMA Weekly.

“But I feel like I have fought guys who bring the same skill set, but with not as much power. But, I feel good, I am able to adjust to different fighters, different styles, body types."

Condit's last opponent, Thiago Alves, is arguably as similar to Lawler as any other fighter in the UFC today.

The Brazilian shares the same stocky, heavily muscled build, will happily go toe to toe with any opponent and even trains with Lawler at American Top Team.

Condit spent around ten months on the shelf nursing a serious knee injury before returning against Alves but earned a technical knockout by breaking his opponent's nose so badly that the fight doctor was forced to call a halt to proceedings in between the second and third rounds.