Join us today (Saturday, August 3rd) on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Lawler goes down at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
In the main event, welterweight contender Colby Covington looks to (presumably) secure the title shot he’s desperately coveted, as he takes on the hard-hitting former UFC champion Robbie Lawler in a five-round scrap. The co-main event pits New Jersey’s own Jim Miller against fellow longtime lightweight veteran Clay Guida.
This is an unusually early start time because this was supposed to be a European show before it switched over to the US. The six-fight preliminary card starts at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT on ESPN, while the six-fight main card continues on the same network at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. Play-by-play will only be provided for the main card.
The full card is as follows:
Main Card (3 PM ET, ESPN) - Play-by-play provided
Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler
Round 1 - Covington comes out charging like a maniac and has a takedown stuffed. He’s swinging with Lawler but Lawler lands early. Good body shot by Lawler. Leg kick by Covington. They both miss in an exchange and Lawler sprawls on Covington. Colby can’t quite get the takedown as Lawler posts a hand on the mat. Knee by the former champ. Colby switches to a single and gets him down. Lawler on his way back up and lands an elbow. Robbie has tan arm but he’s tripped down. Good takedown again by Covington and he has Lawler’s back. Covington going for a choke but bails and switches to the other side. Covington maintains control as Lawler tries to get back to his feet but to no avail. Colby is cranking on the neck but it’s not there. Lawler scrambles to his feet. He scores with a leg kick. Covington misses with several punches and a knee but still changes levels for the takedown again. Lawler stands up again but this time Colby lands some good shots to end the round. 10-9 Covington.
Round 2 - Leg kick lands for Covington. He goes forward, changes levels, and Robbie is down again. Hard elbow by Covington when Lawler returns to his feet. Colby goes for a spinning elbow and it misses, allowing Lawler to escape. Lawler with a leg kick. Rinse and repeat and another Covington takedown. They’re back to striking and Covington’s head kick is blocked. Good uppercut from Covington and another takedown by Covington. This is a grueling pace and Lawler is unable to cope with the pressure thus far. He stands up again and eats an elbow. Colby is throwing all the strikes right now. Lawler with a jab. Lawler throws a left but I’m not sure it landed cleanly. Good left hook by Covington but he is missing a lot of these strikes. Lawler rolling with punches but he needs offense. Covington flashes out the jab. Lawler just waiting. 20-18 Covington.
Round 3 - Early pressure from Lawler but this time Covington shoots from further out. Uses the whizzer to get out of that one but Colby is relentless as hell. Lawler lands a jab in the center of the cage. Short combo for Lawler connects. Leg kick by Covington. Lawler with another jab. Good left by Colby. Another double leg by Covington but Lawler is sprawling better and he stops it. Uppercut in close quarters by Lawler. Covington with the clinch but doesn’t throw anything. Lawler with another jab. Covington with a short left on the inside. Another double leg by Covington. Lawler gets out of it. Lawler with two jabs but scant power shots. Good leg kick by Lawler. They each connect on power shots. Covington with a solid retaliation that has Lawler retreating. Covington keeps throwing in volume. He’s backed up with a right hook and jab. Rolls with that overhand left. Covington thuds a left hook. This has been a mostly striking round and Lawler has eaten two body kicks. Quick left by Covington catches Robbie. 30-27 Covington.
Round 4 - Covington just pumping out that jab at will. Leg kick lands for Lawler. Covington drops for a takedown and Lawler denies him. Nice body shot from Lawler and an uppercut. Lawler looks slow, worn down, and gunshy. This is just a whirlwind of even attempted offense from Covington. Lawler with one good shot but nothing more. Ripping right to the body by Covington. This is mostly a kickboxing match at this point. Uppercut lands for Covington and he gets a takedown, but Lawler gets back up again. Short uppercuts on the inside from Lawler but these moments rae few and far between. Nice counter left from Lawler. Covington with two leg kicks. 40-36 Covington.
Round 5 - Covington looking about as fresh right now as he did in the opening round. Lawler defends a takedown. Big knees by Covington. Lawler with some firepower back but Covington takes them well. Covington continues to find succes with the jab. Double body shot by Lawler. Two minutes to go and Lawler cracks Cobinton with a right hand but Colby has a chin on him, and who knows how much power Lawler still has at this stage. Covington just needs to not get KO’d and he has this fight won. Lawler is barely throwing anything when he needs to. Jumping body kick from Covington. Lawler dodges a spinning kick and Covington is smiling as he knows he has this fight won. 49-46 Covington.
Official result: Colby Covington def. Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45)
Jim Miller vs. Clay Guida
Round 1 - Hard body kick from Miller and that might have been low. Guida doesn’t take issue and the fight continues. Guida flashing out a jab. Right hand by Guida staggers Miller! Then Miller hurts Guida with a left and immediately drops down for a guillotine! Herb Dean is checking! GUIDA IS OUT COLD! A HOME WIN FOR JIM MILLER!
Official result: Jim Miller def. Clay Guida by technical submission (guillotine) at :58 of round 1
Joaquim Silva vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Round 1 - Silva attacks with a flying knee that misses. Good leg kick by Silva. Not much happening in this opening 90 seconds. Silva doing much of the work. Haqparat charges forward but not much comes out of it. Wild spinning kick by Silva causes him to fall down. Good right hook by Haqparast. Silva with a straight right and he eats a counter. Body kick by Haqparast connects with the toes. Leg kick thuds for Silva. Hard left hand down the middle by Haqparast. Quick combo by Nasrat that includes a left over the top. Body kick by Haqparast. Silva tries a chopping standing elbow but comes up short. Right hook backs Silva up. Quick two-punch combo catches Silva cleanly. Silva slams two more outside leg kicks. Head kick is blocked by Silva. 10-9 Haqparast.
Round 2 - Nice counter left by Haqparast as he starts to pressure early. Silva spins but takes a leg kick instead. HUGE LEFT DROPS SILVA! Haqparast pounces and lands about ten punches unanswered and it is over! WOW!
Official result: Nasrat Haqparast def. Joaquim Silva by KO (punches) at :36 of round 2
Trevin Giles vs. Gerald Meerschaert
Round 1 - Giles lands a right hand early. Meerscheart throws a kick and Giles hits a reactive takedown into side control. Gerald sweeps Giles and now he’s on top. Crowd is booing as Meerscheart throws some shots from mount, then he gets swept by Giles. Meerschaert looks to gain butterfly guard. Giles has Meerschaert’s back and lands a couple of left hands, then gets side control. Giles threatening with an anaconda choke with seconds to go. Bails on it, and throws some ground strikes before the round ends. 10-9 Giles.
Round 2 - Wild overhand right by Giles leads to Meerschaert changing levels and searching for a double leg takedown. Giles sprawls and Meerschaert may end up pulling guard out of this. A few punches from Giles as he gains full mount on Meerschaert with ease. Then Giles gets swept in the slowest way imaginable. It’s Meerschaert in Giles’ guard and doing close to nothing. This is an awful fight. Giles still on the bottom and it’s just an unwatchable mess. 19-19.
Round 3 - Meerschaert slams home a nice body kick. Head kick by Meerschaert partially gets through. Bad, predictable shot from Meerschaert is stuffed and Giles sprawls. Next takedown attempt is successful. Meerschaert going for a choke and it looks locked in. He adjusts after Giles goes for a single leg. Giles tapped and Herb Dean missed it. He’s gone out cold.
Official result: Gerald Meerschaert def. Trevin Giles by technical submission (guillotine) at 1:49 of round 3
Scott Holtzman vs. Dong Hyun Ma
Round 1 - Holtzman misses a leg kick. Right hand by Holtzman just misses over the top. Good uppercut by Holtzman and a leg kick. Right hand drops Ma, and he follows him to the ground. Holtzman is on top in half-guard. Ma has a hold of Holtzman’s neck but ends up mounted instead. Holtzman now in guard and drops a left hand down on the Korean’s face. Sharp elbow by Holtzman followed by another. Ma explodes for a sweep but Holtzman maintains top control and in half-guard. Holtzman lets him up and rips a left hook to the body, and connects on an uppercut. Uppercut and right hand by Holtzman, with Ma countering in between those two punches. 10-8 Holtzman.
Round 2 - They trade in the pocket at the center of the cage. Holtzman fires off another left kick and then Ma gets cracked with another right. Good uppercut by Ma. Holtzman gets tagged twice over. And Ma with the takedown this time. Holtzman is back to his feet and working for underhooks. They exit the clinch and Holtzman misfires on a left hook. Jabs and uppercuts by Holtzman and Ma felt those. But Ma drops Holtzman with a left hook! Flash knockdown and Holtzman is back up quickly, and fends off a standing guillotine. Holtzman narrowly missees on a spinning elbow. Ma’s left eye is almost completely shut. They are swinging! This is a brawl! Scott pursues the takedown but doesn’t get it. Jab and left hook by Holtzman. Well-timed takedown for “Hot Sauce” with under 30 seconds to go. Holtzman dropping the ground-and-pound and Ma is in trouble! round ends. 20-17 Holtzman.
There is no round 3. Ma can’t see out of that left eye and the fight is over.
Official result: Scott Holtzman def. Dong Hyun Ma by TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round 2
Preliminary Card (12 PM ET, ESPN) - Results only, no Play-by-Play
Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Darko Stosic by unanimous decision (29-26, 28-27, 28-27)
Mickey Gall def. Salim Touahri by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Antonina Shevchenko def. Lucie Pudilova by technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of round 2
Matt Schnell def. Jordan Espinosa by submission (triangle choke) at 1:23 of round 1
Lauren Murphy def. Mara Romero Borella by TKO (knee and punches) at 1:46 of round 3
Claudio Silva def. Cole Williams by submission (neck crank) at 2:35 of round 1
Miranda Granger def. Hannah Goldy by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)