UFC on ESPN 5: Covington and Lawler look to get Closer to Title Shot
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Newark, NJ--- The UFC continue begin their event lineup for the month of August with a welterweight clash between former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler and former UFC interim-Welterweight Champion Colby Covington, who will look to get one step closer to a title opportunity against UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.
Robbie Lawler was originally scheduled to fight Tyron Woodley in a rematch of their bout at UFC 201, which saw Woodley defeat Lawler to become the new UFC Welterweight Champion however, Woodley was forced to withdraw from that card because of an injury so the UFC set up a bout with former interim-Welterweight Champion Colby Covington instead.
Colby Covington has a lot at stake in this bout with the former champion Lawler; he’s currently ranked as the number-one contender in the welterweight division and is on a six-fight win streak that includes wins over Dong Hyun Kim, Demian Maia, and former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos. A win over Lawlor would definitely put Covington next in line for a shot at Usman’s championship especially with the back-and-forth between the two on social media.
Lawler on the other hand is looking to make a statement and rebound from back-to-back losses to Rafael dos Anjos and Ben Askren, after a controversial referee stoppage due to a bulldog choke that looked as though he was choked out, but immediately bounced up to his feet to get an explanation from referee Herb Dean.
Lawler has had a long career in MMA and has continued to be among the best in his weight class throughout. The 37-year-old former champion will need to be the aggressor and use his strengths of being an excellent striker to slow down Covington if he wants to get the victory. Lawler also has great takedown defense, so it should be interesting to see if Covington will be able to have the same level of success that Askren did in taking him down.
Covington is a difficult matchup for his opponents in that he can maintain the same pace throughout the fight regardless of it’s a three or five round fight. Covington’s durability could be the deciding factor in this fight and lead to him getting the victory and a title-shot.
It’ll be interesting to see how this fight plays out but if the fighter’s past performances are any indicator, this fight will surely be entertaining, and the post-fight could generate plenty of buzz depending on who walks out the winner.
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