UFC Newark just wrapped up with the promotion’s #2 ranked welterweight Colby Covington dominating former champ Robbie Lawler for five rounds and in all facets of the game.
Covington closed the distance early and did his best to keep it there. He would make Lawler work to get up just to get taken right back down. The second round looked a lot similar. The only difference was that Covington actually broke away and landed some low-powered volume on the feet. Lawler pressed forward at the end of the round but didn't really throw anything. The volume from Covington increased from the third frame on. He started to throw a lot more and Lawler just kind of tried to block everything. Covington even got brave enough to throw and land a spinning backfist at the end of the fifth round.
Check out Mookie Alexander’s play-by-play from the fifth round of Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler:
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: Robbie Lawler def. Colby Covington by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45)