UFC returns to Newark for the first time in three years with a thrilling welterweight contender bout that sees Colby Covington take on Robbie Lawler.
Currently riding a six-fight win streak, Covington (14-1) last earned an impressive win over Rafael Dos Anjos. But the fast-talking Covington will have a big challenge on his hands in Lawler.
Considered one of the most exciting KO artists in MMA history, Lawler (28-13) captured the welterweight belt against Johny Hendricks in late 2014.
He went on to have epic title defenses against Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit.
Lawler has also netted wins over Donald Cerrone, Matt Brown and Josh Koscheck during his career. After a controversial loss to Ben Askren, he now looks to halt Covington’s momentum.
Further down the card is battle-tested Ma Dong-hyun (16-9), who squares off with Scott Holtzman (12-3) in a lightweight bout.
The man formally known as Kim “Maestro” Dong-hyun – and a fighter who quite obviously got sick of being confused with his Team Mad stablemate Kim “Stun Gun” Dong-hyun – will be keen to get back into the win column.
After three solid wins with the promotion, Ma was put away inside the first round at UFC 234 by Devonte Smith, who scored the TKO at 3:53.
Holtzman, however, will be just as keen, after having his three-fight win streak snapped by Nik Lentz in February this year.
In a clash of lightweight veterans, New Jersey native Jim Miller (30-13) returns to lock horns with Clay Guida (35-15).