A welterweight title-eliminator featuring two of the division’s most recognizable names has reportedly been verbally agreed for the UFC Newark headliner.
The UFC’s next stop in Newark, New Jersey is scheduled to take place on August 3 and according to reports turned in by ESPN, it will feature a clash between these two former teammates.
Lawler’s last outing saw him lose out by way of first-round submission to the unbeaten wrestling legend that is Ben Askren at UFC 235, a bout that ended with its fair share of controversy due to a perceived early stoppage on the part of the veteran referee Herb Dean.
Covington, on the other hand, spoke recently about his intention to fight for the undisputed welterweight title in Madison Square Garden at UFC 244 in November, challenging the champion Kamaru Usman to a five-rounder once he is fit to fight.
Taking this matchup against Lawler would no doubt make the prospect of fighting three months later possible for Chaos, although the risk that comes with taking on a fighter as vicious as the former champion are tremendous.
Chances are that Robbie could find himself with a shot at the belt ahead of any of the division’s top contenders if he can defeat Covington due to his status as one of the most popular fighters on the roster, his good relationship with Dana White, and of course, his history as the divisional champion.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena