UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler

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UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler
UFC on ESPN 5.jpg
The poster for UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateAugust 3, 2019 (2019-08-03)
VenuePrudential Center
CityNewark, New Jersey, United States
Event chronology
UFC 240: Holloway vs. Edgar UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche

UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler (also known as UFC on ESPN 5) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that is planned to take place on August 3, 2019 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, United States.[1][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 will mark the promotion's eighth visit to the Prudential Center and first since UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader in January 2016.[3][2]

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

A welterweight bout between Cláudio Silva and Ramazan Emeev has been scheduled 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]

A women's flyweight bout between Lauren Murphy and Mara Romero Borella was initially scheduled to take place on July 27, 2019 at UFC 240. However on June 20, promotion officials elected to reschedule the pairing to take place at this event.[10]

A light heavyweight bout was originally scheduled between Ilir Latifi and Volkan Oezdemir on June 1, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith.[11] However, Latifi was forced to pull out of the event due to a back injury and the bout was cancelled.[12] The pair was rebooked at this event.[13]

A welterweight bout between Zelim Imadaev and Salim Touahri was briefly targeted for this event.[14] However on July 9, it was announced that Touahri would now be facing Mickey Gall instead. No reason was given for the change.[15]

Fight card[edit]

Main Card (ESPN)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler
Lightweight Jim Miller vs. Clay Guida
Lightweight Joaquim Silva vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Light Heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi
Light Heavyweight Darko Stošić vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
Preliminary Card (ESPN)
Welterweight Mickey Gall vs. Salim Touahri
Women's Flyweight Antonina Shevchenko vs. Lucie Pudilová
Middleweight Trevin Giles vs. Gerald Meerschaert
Lightweight Scott Holtzman vs. Dong Hyun Ma
Welterweight Ramazan Emeev vs. Cláudio Silva
Flyweight Jordan Espinosa vs. Matt Schnell
Women's Flyweight Lauren Murphy vs. Mara Romero Borella


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2018-06-20). "Octagon returns to Newark on August 3". ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b Staff (2019-06-20). "After discussing Europe, Ultimate hits August 3 event for New Jersey" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.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" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  5. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-06-18). "Scott Holtzman vs. Dong Hyun Ma added to UFC on ESPN 5 event" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  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 2018-09-03.
  9. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-09-07). "UFC debutant Stefan Sekulic tackles short notice fight against Ramazan Emeev in Moscow" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  10. ^ Staff (2018-06-20). "Octagon returns to Newark on August 3". ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  11. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2019-06-25). "Ilir Latifi vs. Volkan Oezdemir added to UFC Stockholm". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  12. ^ "Ilir Latifi injured, bout vs. Volkan Oezdemir scratched from UFC Stockholm". MMA Junkie. 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  13. ^ "Volkan Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi re-booked for UFC on ESPN 5". MMAnytt.com. 2019-06-25. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  14. ^ Ryan Fortune (2019-06-25). "Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi among five bouts added to UFC Newark". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  15. ^ Redactie. "Mickey Gall replaces Zelim Imadaev against Salim Touahri during UFC Newark". Redactie. Retrieved 2019-07-10.‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
  16. ^ "UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2019-06-25.