UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler

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UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler
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The poster for UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateAugust 3, 2019 (2019-08-03)
VenuePrudential Center
CityNewark, New Jersey
Total gate$687,778[1]
Event chronology
UFC 240: Holloway vs. Edgar UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2

UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler (also known as UFC on ESPN 5) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on August 3, 2019 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.[2][3]


The event was initially linked to Sochi, Russia, which would have marked the promotion's first visit to the Black Sea region of Russia.[4] However, the plans for a Sochi debut fizzled.[5] Subsequently, after also briefly considering contesting the event in Manchester, as well as Tampa, Florida, the promotion announced plans to return to familiar surroundings of Northern New Jersey. The event marked the promotion's eighth visit to the Prudential Center and first since UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader in January 2016.[3]

A welterweight bout between former interim UFC Welterweight Champion Colby Covington and former undisputed champion Robbie Lawler served as the event headliner.[6][7]

A welterweight bout between Cláudio Silva and Ramazan Emeev was rescheduled for the event.[4] The matchup was originally scheduled to take place in September 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik. However, Silva pulled out of the fight citing a lower back injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Stefan Sekulić.[8][9] In turn, Emeev was removed from this event due to alleged visa issues, that restricted his travel to the United States. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Cole Williams.[10] At the weigh-ins, Williams weighed in at 176 pounds, 5 pounds over the welterweight non-title fight limit of 171. As a result, he was fined 30 percent of his purse and the bout proceeded at a catchweight.[11]

A women's flyweight bout between former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Lauren Murphy and Mara Romero Borella was initially scheduled to take place at UFC 240. However, on June 20 promotion officials elected to reschedule the pairing to take place at this event.[12]

A light heavyweight bout between Ilir Latifi and former UFC Light Heavyweight Championship challenger Volkan Oezdemir was originally scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith.[13] However, Latifi was forced to pull out of the event due to a back injury and the bout was cancelled.[14] The pair was initially rescheduled at this event.[15] In turn, the bout was shifted a week later to UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2 after Oezdemir was faced with alleged visa issues which affected his travel schedule.[16]

A welterweight bout between Zelim Imadaev and Salim Touahri was briefly targeted for this event.[17] However, on July 9 it was announced that Touahri would face Mickey Gall instead. No reason was given for the change.[18]

At the weigh-ins, Dong Hyun Ma weighed in at 158 pounds, 2 pounds over the lightweight non-title fight limit of 156. He was fined 20% of his purse and his bout with Scott Holtzman proceeded at a catchweight.[11]


Main Card (ESPN)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Colby Covington def. Robbie Lawler Decision (unanimous) (50–44, 50–45, 50–45) 5 5:00
Lightweight Jim Miller def. Clay Guida Technical Submission (guillotine choke) 1 0:58
Lightweight Nasrat Haqparast def. Joaquim Silva KO (punches) 2 0:36
Middleweight Gerald Meerschaert def. Trevin Giles Technical Submission (guillotine choke) 3 1:49
Catchweight (158 lb) Scott Holtzman def. Dong Hyun Ma TKO (doctor stoppage) 2 5:00
Light Heavyweight Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Darko Stošić Decision (unanimous) (29–26, 29–26, 28–27) 3 5:00 [a]
Preliminary Card (ESPN)
Welterweight Mickey Gall def. Salim Touahri Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Women's Flyweight Antonina Shevchenko def. Lucie Pudilová Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 1:20
Flyweight Matt Schnell def. Jordan Espinosa Submission (triangle choke) 1 1:23
Women's Flyweight Lauren Murphy def. Mara Romero Borella TKO (knee and elbows) 3 1:46
Catchweight (176 lb) Cláudio Silva def. Cole Williams Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 2:35
Women's Flyweight Miranda Granger def. Hannah Goldy Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
  1. ^ Stošić was deducted two points, one in round two and one in round three, both due to repeated groin strikes.


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[20]

  • Fight of the Night: Antonina Shevchenko vs. Lucie Pudilová
  • Performance of the Night: Nasrat Haqparast and Matt Schnell

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Fernando Quiles Jr. (2019-08-03). "UFC Newark Bonuses, Live Gate & Attendance Revealed". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  2. ^ Staff (2018-06-20). "Octagon returns to Newark on August 3". ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  3. ^ a b Nolan King (2019-06-20). "UFC returns to New Jersey in August for UFC on ESPN 5 in Newark". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  4. ^ a b Raphael Marinho (2019-05-29). "Undefeated in UFC, Claudio Hannibal seeks fifth straight UFC Sochi win against Ramazan Emeev". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2019-05-29. (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-06-18). "Scott Holtzman vs. Dong Hyun Ma added to UFC on ESPN 5 event". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-06-18. (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Staff (2018-06-25). "Colby Covington to face Robbie Lawler at UFC Newark". ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  7. ^ Staff (2019-06-24). "Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler set for UFC on ESPN 5 main event in Newark". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  8. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2018-09-03). "Claudio Silva injured, out of UFC Moscow fight with Ramazan Emeev". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  9. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-09-07). "UFC debutant Stefan Sekulic tackles short notice fight against Ramazan Emeev in Moscow". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-07-25. (in Dutch)
  10. ^ Staff (2019-07-25). "Curtains: Emeev has visa issues and will be replaced by Cole Williams against Hannibal". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2019-07-25. (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ a b Staff (2019-08-02). "UFC on ESPN 5 weigh-in results: Two miss, but headliner set". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
  12. ^ Staff (2018-06-20). "Octagon returns to Newark on August 3". ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  13. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2019-06-25). "Ilir Latifi vs. Volkan Oezdemir added to UFC Stockholm". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  14. ^ Staff (2019-05-30). "Ilir Latifi injured, bout vs. Volkan Oezdemir scratched from UFC Stockholm". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  15. ^ Sebastian Martinez (2019-06-25). "Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi re-booked for UFC on ESPN 5". mmanytt.com. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  16. ^ Adam Guillen Jr. (2019-07-18). "Report: Visa issues force Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi to move to UFC Uruguay". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  17. ^ Ryan Fortune (2019-06-25). "Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi among five bouts added to UFC Newark". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  18. ^ Staff. "Mickey Gall replaces Zelim Imadaev against Salim Touahri during UFC Newark". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-07-10. (in Dutch)
  19. ^ "UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  20. ^ Dan Hiergesell (2019-08-03). "UFC Newark bonus winners: Nasrat Haqparast's vicious KO leads $50K winners". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-08-03.