Before we begin, one note to pass along regarding Contender Series season three:
Antonio Trocoli, who won a contract on the July 9 episode of the program, had his UFC deal voided earlier this week due to a positive drug test for nandrolone. As a result, Trocoli’s victory against Kenneth Bergh that night was reversed to a no-contest.
The month of August will be a busy one for the UFC, with four events in the next five weekends. It all begins this Saturday with UFC on ESPN 5, originating from Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center.
Take note of the event’s starting time: Due to ESPN’s coverage of Saturday night’s Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions from Canton, OH, the UFC event begins at noon EDT, 9 a.m. PDT, with main card action at 3 p.m. EDT, noon PDT.
Highlighting this Saturday afternoon’s main card is a five-round Welterweight fight between No. 2 contender Colby Covington (14-1) and No. 11 contender Robbie Lawler (28-13, one no-contest).
Heading into the main event, both fighters stand 5-foot-11.
Covington has gone 5-0 in his last five UFC appearances, most recently scoring a decision victory on June 9, 2018 vs. Rafael dos Anjos during UFC 225 on pay-per-view.
In the other corner, Robbie Lawler has posted a record of 2-3 in his last five fights and enters the main event on a two-fight losing streak. Most recently, Lawler was defeated by Ben Askren (first-round technical submission via a bulldog choke) on Mar. 2 in the latter’s UFC promotional debut on pay-per-view.
The Tale of the Tape
UFC.com shows that Robbie Lawler owns a two-inch reach advantage (74 inches to 72 inches) with Colby Covington owning a two-inch leg reach advantage (41 inches to 39 inches) heading into the main event on Saturday afternoon.
Prediction: Colby Covington by first-round KO.
Other fights on Saturday afternoon’s main card
Jim Miller (29-13, one no-contest) vs. Clay Guida (34-15) [Lightweight, co-main event]
Joaquim Silva (11-1) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (10-2) [Lightweight]
Trevin Giles (11-0) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (28-11) [Middleweight]
Scott Holtzman (12-3) vs. Dong Hyun Ma (16-9-3) [Lightweight]
Darko Stosic (13-1) vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu (6-1) [Light Heavyweight]
UFC on ESPN 5 at a Glance
Prelims: Saturday, noon EDT, 9 a.m. PDT, ESPN
Main Card: Saturday, 3 p.m. EDT, noon PDT, ESPN
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