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Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi among 12 fights set for UFC Newark

UFC Newark’s fight card is basically complete.

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The UFC’s return to Newark, New Jersey on August 3rd filled up quickly.

In an official press release on Tuesday, the promotion announced that former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington will take on former undisputed champion Robbie Lawler in the main event. They also announced the rest of the card along the way, including a co-main between light heavyweights Volkan Oezdemir and Ilir Latifi. The two were paired up for UFC Stockholm earlier this month, but Latifi withdrew during fight week after injuring his back.

Now when you look at this lineup of bouts, you would think this is mostly befitting of a European show. Evidently, that was actually the plan. It was supposed to be in Sochi, Russia, then Manchester, England, and now we’ve settled back in the United States. As a result, we are getting a very early start time of 12 PM ET for the prelims, followed by 3 PM ET for the main card. Who am I to complain that a US-based event has those start times?

Here’s the lineup right now for UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler.

Main Card (3 PM ET, ESPN)

Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi
Jim Miller vs. Clay Guida
Joaquim Silva vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Jordan Espinosa vs. Matt Schnell
Lauren Murphy vs. Mara Romero Borella

Preliminary Card (12 PM ET, ESPN)

Antonina Shevchenko vs. Lucie Pudilova
Trevin Giles vs. Gerald Meerschaert
Darko Stosic vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
Ramazan Emeev vs. Claudio Silva
Zelim Imadaev vs. Salim Touahri
Scott Holtzman vs. Dong Hyun Ma

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