Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler set for UFC on ESPN 5 essential occasion in Newark – MMAjunkie


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The UFC’s return to New Jersey this summer time seems to have its essential occasion, and it’s one which in all probability will come as a shock.

Former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington appeared to be ticketed for a title combat with champion Kamaru Usman. However as an alternative, Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will combat former champ Robbie Lawler (28-13 MMA, 13-7 UFC) within the UFC on ESPN 5 essential occasion, UFC president Dana White advised the promotion’s broadcast accomplice, ESPN. UFC officers haven’t but formally introduced the combat.

Breaking: Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler has been verbally agreed to headline UFC Battle Night time on Aug. three in Newark, per UFC president Dana White and extra sources.

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 25, 2019

UFC on ESPN 5 takes place Aug. three at Prudential Middle in Newark, N.J. The cardboard airs on ESPN.

Usman reportedly is not going to be able to go till late this 12 months, which might maintain Covington on the shelf for even longer than he already has been. He advised ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that the promotion wanted a headliner on quick discover, so he took it – and took some photographs at Usman and upcoming UFC 239 fighter Ben Askren on the similar time.

Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler is the primary occasion for the Aug. three card in Newark. First reported by @bokamotoESPN.

I requested Covington why he’s taking this combat when he appeared so near getting a title shot, and right here’s what he mentioned:

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 25, 2019

Covington has received six straight fights, however it’s been greater than a 12 months since he final was within the cage. In June 2018, at UFC 225, he beat former light-weight champion Rafael dos Anjos to win the interim welterweight title. That victory got here on the heels of notable wins over Dong Hyun Kim and Demian Maia.

Covington appeared poised to combat then-champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 in October 2018, however surgical procedure on his nostril took him out of that combat. Woodley as an alternative beat Darren Until in a title combat. However earlier this 12 months, he misplaced the belt to Usman, who has a heated previous with Covington.

Covington not too long ago advised MMA Junkie he thinks Usman is ducking a combat with him, although he didn’t point out the likelihood he’d conform to combat anybody else for his subsequent bout.

Lawler misplaced the welterweight title to Woodley at UFC 201 almost three years in the past. After a win over Donald Cerrone in July 2017, he misplaced a call to dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 26. Then, after 15 months away, partially attributable to damage, he was submitted by Askren in March at UFC 235, giving him three losses in 4 fights.

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