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UFC on ESPN 5 Betting Preview & Picks

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

The year’s UFC betting online action continues this weekend with UFC on ESPN 5 and a thrilling welterweight bout between Colby Covington and Robbie Lawler. Lawler enters this weekend’s action riding a 2 fight losing streak and will need to turn things around inside the cage. Covington on the other hand, is eager at the opportunity to knock down a former welterweight champion in order to bolster his championship run. So what do the UFC odds have to say about this weekend’s match?

UFC on ESPN 5: Covington vs. Lawler – Saturday, August 3rd

When: Main Card: 3:00 pm ET || Prelims: 12:00 pm ET

Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey


Stream: Watch ESPN

Originally, the UFC was planning on hosting this event in Sochi, Russia, which would’ve been their first trip out to the Black Sea region of Russia. Unfortunately those plans fell through and now the event will be held in New Jersey, marking the 8th time the promotion has visited the Prudential Center. A couple of fights have fallen through for the event as well. However, looking over the lineup, it’s clear there are plenty of high profile matches worth tuning in for this weekend.

Main Card & UFC on ESPN 5 Betting Odds

The night will be headlined by a welterweight bout between former UFC champion Robbie Lawler and young up-and-comer Colby Covington. As aforementioned, Lawler has lost his last two fights consecutively. All in all this helps explain why the odds are favoring Covington so heavily above. After all, we saw Rafael dos Anjos edge out a unanimous decision victory over Lawler back in December of 2017. Granted that was quite a while ago, but the fact remains that Covington completely dominated dos Anjos. If the MMA math adds up, then Covington should be able to deliver a beating to the former champion. However, Lawler is a former champion himself and is more than capable of bouncing back from a two fight losing streak. Lawler enters this weekend’s bout sporting a 28-13 professional MMA record. But with most of his fights coming via knockout, Lawler could be susceptible to Covington’s ground game.

Covington enters this Saturday’s action with a 14-1 professional MMA record. Additionally, the American wrestler enters with a 6-fight winning streak. With his two most recent wins being over Rafael dos Anjos and Demian Maia, there’s no question Covington is making a credible case for a title shot. Of course, Covington is the former Interim Welterweight champion and is at this point due his title shot. Although Covington mostly trash talked Woodley on his way up through the ranks, he now finds another man wearing the crown. But first, Covington must get through his fellow American welterweight. All things considered, Robbie Lawler is an incredibly tough fighter and will be one heck of a test for Covington. Covington has the weapons in place to win this fight but he needs to execute come Saturday.

UFC on ESPN 5 Betting Odds
Robbie Lawler+205Colby Covington-245
Clay Guida+140Jim Miller-160
Joaquim Silva+220Nasrat Haqparast-260
Gerald Meerschaert+150Trevin Giles-170
Dong Hyun Kim+360Scott Holtzman-450
Kennedy Nzechukwu+110Darko Stosic-130
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Prelims & UFC on ESPN 5 Betting Odds

UFC on ESPN 5 Betting Odds
Salim Touahri-125Mickey Gall+105
Lucie Pudilova+120Antonina Shevchenko-140
Matt SchnellEVJordan Espinosa-120
Lauren Murphy+150Mara Romero Borella-185
Claudio Henrique da Silva-450Cole Williams+360
Miranda Granger+130Hannah Goldy-150
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