In the main event of UFC Newark, former interim welterweight champion,Colby Covington returns after over a year off to take on former undisputed champ Robbie Lawler. Heading into the fight, “Chaos” is a -235 favorite, while the former champ Lawler is a +185 underdog.
Ahead of the fight, BJPENN.com reached out to several pro fighters to get their predictions for the scrap. The pros are split on this one, despite Covington being a big favorite.
Here’s what they had to say.
BJPENN.com Fighter Picks: Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler
Geoff Neal, UFC welterweight: I think Robbie will win. He is going to have to win by first or second-round KO. If it goes past that, it will be tough for him to win as Covington is such a grinder.
Ryan Hall, UFC featherweight: This is a very tough one. It is hard to say because Colby has been off for quite a while and it is hard to bet against Robbie. But, I will go with Colby Covington in this one.
Germaine de Randamie, UFC bantamweight: I think Robbie Lawler wins and I think he knocks out Covington.
Krzysztof Jotko, UFC middleweight: This is a very tough fight for both. Robbie is very good on takedown defense, and Colby is a cardio machine, he will never stop coming forward. But, I think Covington gets it done in a super close fight.
Gillian Robertson, UFC flyweight: This is a tough one. Robbie is a monster and is always down to brawl. But, I think Colby will be able to dictate where the fight goes and outpace Lawler and get the win.
Jeremy Kennedy, PFL featherweight: That is tough because Robbie does really well against these wrestlers. But, Covington’s pace is super impressive and I think he can get it done against Robbie.
Ode Osbourne, UFC bantamweight: It is a super interesting fight but I think Lawler gets it done. Robbie does not back down and he will be able to test Colby and is a big test for him. It can go either way but I think Lawler can get it done.
Fighters picking Colby Covington: Ryan Hall, Krzysztof Jotko, Gillian Robertson, Jeremy Kennedy
Fighters picking Robbie Lawler: Geoff Neal, Germaine de Randamie, Ode Osbourne
Who do you think will win the fight between Colby Covington and Robbie Lawler? Let us know in the comment section.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/1/2019.