It’s clear that reigning UFC welterweight champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler has taken the 170-pound division by storm, establishing himself as the man to beat for the time being.

However, despite his recent resurgence, a dark cloud has continued to loom over the division since 2013, specifically since former long-time kingpin Georges “Rush” St-Pierre surprisingly vacated his title.

In the two years since the announcement, the questions and rumors have seemed to be nonstop regarding a possible return to competition for the Canadian superstar. While nothing has come to fruition just yet, 2016 could indeed be the year that St-Pierre returns to the game he ruled for so long.

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That being said, a potential showdown between Lawler and a motivated GSP would be absolutely massive. While this all depends on if and when St-Pierre decides to make his comeback, the “Ruthless” one would feel confident in a bout with the former boss:

“Yeah, I’d knock GSP out if he comes back,” Lawler said on a Periscope session.

Before any thoughts of a potential clash with St-Pierre, however, Lawler will have to defend his crown for a second time, and he will get the chance to do just that this Saturday (January 2, 2016) night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The “Ruthless” one is set to take on former WEC champion and former interim UFC boss Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit in a highly anticipated affair.

While many are expecting a back and forth war, much like Lawler’s last bout with Rory MacDonald, the champion plans to finish this fight in a more efficient manner:

“I’m very confident for this fight,” he said. “I hope it’s not going to be a battle like the last one, it was a hard one. But I’ll be ready for it. … The plan is to knock out Carlos, not sure what round.”

Will the “Ruthless” one remain on top after UFC 195?

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