Following plans to hold an event on Sochi, Russia that fell through Newark became a UFC target. UFC on ESPN Covington vs. Lawler will be held at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. To begin with, the venue is first and world-class. Fittingly, the UFC betting will be intense with six Main Card bouts. Topping the marquee is former UFC welterweight champion, Colby Covington. To be exact Covington will meet Robbie Lawler in a welterweight matchup. Also headlining are lightweights Jim Miller vs. Clay Guida. And Joaquim Silva faces Nasrat Haqparast meet in another lightweight fight.
UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler
|Date and Time:||Saturday, August 3, 2019|
|Location:||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey|
|UFC Betting TV Coverage:||ESPN|
|UFC Betting Odds:||Colby Covington -230 vs. Robbie Lawler +190, Clay Guida +155 vs. Jim Miller -175, Joaquim Silva +190 vs. Nasrat Haqparast -230, Gerald Meerschaert +135 vs. Trevin Giles -155|
Welterweight Match – Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler
Now Colby Covington has a UFC betting record of 14-1. Covington is ranked second in the UFC welterweight division. He stands at five feet, 11 inches tall with a reach of 72 inches. By contrast, former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is 28-13. He is currently ranked 11th in the UFC welterweight division. Of great concern is that Lawler has lost his last two bouts. Ben Asken beat Lawler in a first-round technical submission. While Rafael dos Anjos scored a unanimous decision against Lawler before that. Compared to Covington who beat dos Anjos by unanimous decision.
Covington vs. Lawler – A Clash of Styles
More emphatically he is known as a UFC “supervillain.” Among the infamy are insults to Brazil and fans on social media. He has gone to great lengths to insult other fighters. Many of his insults have been over the top. For example, he labeled MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz a “terrorist.” Lawler takes a different approach. He is celebrated as one of the most entertaining fighters in MMA. In fact, Lawler has received consistent notoriety in many of his offshore bookmaker matchups. “Fight of the Night” honors are frequently his.
Covington vs. Lawler By the Numbers
Lawler is much more of the knockout artist compared to Covington. Consider Lawler’s 71% knockout win rate. Covington has a 21% knockout rate for his wins. On the other hand, Covington has been better at submissions. He has posted a 29% submission win rate. Lawler is at a much weaker 4% in that category. Significant strikes per minute are a Lawler edge. It follows that his rate is 3.93 per minute. Covington is at 3.26 per minute in that sector. However, Lawler is not the best defender. He absorbs 5.47 strikes per minute. Covington is at 2.2.
Covington vs. Lawler Matchup to Watch
In this situation, Covington has the UFC betting edge with his grappling. Covington has an impressive 5.63 takedown average. Lawler is at only 0.99. Further adding to Covington’s advantage is 23 submissions per 15 minutes average. Counter to that is Lawler’s ugly fat zero in that category. Covington also boasts a 78 to 69 percent advantage in takedown defense. Along the same lines, Covington is in much better recent form.
UFC Betting Picks
On this occasion, Colby Covington rates the big edge!
UFC Betting Pick: Colby Covington
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