It appears like Colby Covington’s next challenger will not be Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight victor Kamaru Usman.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto is reporting that Covington and Robbie Lawler have actually verbally agreed to heading UFC Newark on Aug. 3. Okamoto points out UFC president Dana White and “additional sources.”
“Breaking: Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler has been verbally agreed to headline UFC Fight Night on Aug. 3 in Newark, per UFC president Dana White and additional sources.”
Usman reacted to the news in a declaration, which was sent by his supervisor Ali Abdelaziz:
“I should be ready to go by November. Whoever Dana White says is next. He’s the boss. If Askren looks good and that’s who the UFC wants, he’s next.”
Covington last contended back in June2018 He beat Rafael dos Anjos to catch the interim UFC welterweight champion. Covington was removed of the gold after an argument over not combating at UFC 228, however those problems are now in the past.
As for Lawler, he’s coming off a questionable submission loss to Ben Askren back in March. The previous UFC welterweight kingpin was set up to handle Tyron Woodley in a rematch at UFC Minneapolis this Saturday night (June 29). When Woodley was pulled due to an injury, those strategies went south.
This will be the UFC’s very first journey to Newark because Jan.2016 At that occasion, Anthony Johnson beat Ryan Bader by means of first-round knockout in the opening frame. Now, Johnson is retired and Bader is the Bellator light heavyweight and heavyweight champ.