Colby Covington is set to return to the octagon at at UFC Newark against former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the big news on Twitter just moments ago.
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. pic.twitter.com/hx8XeqZNMy
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 25, 2019
The news is pretty surprising as it was expected that Colby Covington would challenge reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman next.
Instead the former interim welterweight champion, Covington, will take on the ‘Ruthless’ former division title holder, one Robbie Lawler.
Covington has not competed inside the octagon since defeating Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision at UFC 225.
Meanwhile, Robbie Lawler returns to action for the first time since suffering a controversial submission loss to Ben Askren this Spring.
Lawler was originally slated to return for a rematch with Tyron Woodley in Minneapolis. However, that fight feel through after ‘T-Wood’ suffered an injury.
UFC Newark takes places on August 3, 2019.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com June 24, 2019