Covington defeats Lawler at UFC Newark
Colby Covington | Pic: Facebook/ColbyCovMMA

UFC on ESPN 5 took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, US on August 4 (AEST). MMA event featured twelve bouts with a pair of welterweights, Colby Covington and Robbie Lawler, squaring off in the headliner of the show.

The main event bout went the distance. After five rounds of action a unanimous decision was pronounced in favor of Covington, who updated his record to 14-1. In addition, the former interim UFC Welterweight titleholder is expected to challenge the reigning champion in the division Kamaru Usman at the future event. Lawler, former champion, suffered the third defeat in a row and dropped to 28-14, 1NC.

The co-main event featured a lightweight encounter between Clay Guida and Jim Miller. The scheduled for three rounds contest ended prior to the final bell. The latter took the win by technical submission early in the first round.

Among other bouts, Nasrat Haqparast stopped Joaquim Silva early in the second round with punches, and Gerald Meerschaert submitted Trevin Giles in Round 3. The complete fight results from UFC on ESPN 5 can be found below.

UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler results

Main card
Colby Covington def. Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45 x2)
Jim Miller def. Clay Guida by technical submission (guillotine choke, R1 at 0:58)
Nasrat Haqparast def. Joaquim Silva by KO (punches, R2 at 0:36)
Gerald Meerschaert def. Trevin Giles by technical submission (guillotine choke, R3 at 1:49)
Scott Holtzman def. Dong Hyun Ma by TKO (doctor stoppage, R2 at 5:00)
Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Darko Stosic by unanimous decision (29-26, 28-27 x2)

Preliminary card
Mickey Gall def. Salim Touahri by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Antonina Shevchenko def. Lucie Pudilova by technical submission (rear-naked choke, R2 at 1:20)
Matt Schnell def. Jordan Espinosa by submission (triangle choke, R1 at 1:23)
Lauren Murphy def. Mara Romero Borella by TKO (knee and elbows, R3 at 1:46)
Claudio Silva def. Cole Williams by submission (rear-naked choke, R1 at 2:35)
Miranda Granger def. Hannah Goldy by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)