UFC Newark: A night full of knockouts, submissions and disappointments
Saturday was a wild night in Newark, New Jersey.
It´s fair to say quite a lot of people wanted “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (28-14-1) to knock Colby Covington (15-1) out, with Covington becoming a largely disliked personality in the sport. But nothing further from reality, it wasn’t even a competitive fight. Colby dominated the former welterweight champion in all of 5 rounds, scoring takedowns over and over again, especially in the earlier rounds, not letting him breath with a high volume of strikes and showing a formidable cardio. The disappointing performance saw next to no punches being thrown by the former champ, it´s almost like he didn’t even wanted to be there. It’s strange to compare that performance to the Robbie Lawler we knew from the fights against MacDonald, Kosheck, Ellenberger. Now, it´s only matter of time for the UFC to confirm a date for Covington to fight against the current champion Kamaru Usman, it´s time to settle the beef.
In addition to this, in a very short but intense fight, Jim Miller (31-13-1) put Clay Guida (25-16) to sleep on a guillotine in the first 58 seconds of the first round.
Furthermore, young talent Nasrat Haqparast (11-2) from Germany/Afghanistan, who counted with the legendary Georges St-Pierre in his corner, knocked out viciously the brazilian fighter Joaquim Silva (11-3) with an overhand on the 2nd round.
Gerald Meerschaert (29-11) submitted Trevin Giles (11-2) with a guillotine choke in the 3rd round, earning his 21st submission victory on a very close fight.
Following submissions, Antonina Shevchenko (8-1), Valentina´s sister, bounced back from his first career loss against Roxanne Modafferi in April. The fighter from Kyrgyzstan caught Lucie Pudilova (8-5) on a rear naked choke in round 2.
Another fight worth mentioning was Scott Holtzman (13-3) vs Dong Hyung Ma (16-10-3), both lightweights put on impressive performance where the Korean´s eye swelled up rapidly early in the 1st round due to Holtzman strikes. Finally, before starting the 3rd round, the doctor stopped the fight because of Ma eye´s injury.
UFC Newark results
Colby Covington def. Robbie Lawler Colby Covington def. Robbie Lawler via UD (50-44, 50-45 x2)
Jim Miller def. Clay Guida Jim Miller def. Clay Guida via submission (guillotine) (R1, 0:58)
Nasrat Haqparast def. Joaquim Silva Nasrat Haqparast def. Joaquim Silva via second-round TKO (0:36)
Gerald Meerschaert def. Trevin Giles Gerald Meerschaert def. Trevin Giles via sub (guillotine) (R3, 1:49)
Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Darko Stosic Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Darko Stosic via UD (29-26, 28-27 x2)
Scott Holtzman def. Dong Hyun Ma Scott Holtzman def. Dong Hyun Ma via 2nd-round TKO (5:00, doctor’s stoppage)
Mickey Gall def. Salim Touahri Mickey Gall def. Salim Touahri via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Antonina Shevchenko def. Lucie Pudilova Antonina Shevchenko def. Lucie Pudilova via sub (RNC) (R2, 1:20)
Matt Schnell def. Jordan Espinosa Matt Schnell def. Jordan Espinosa via submission (triangle) (R1, 1:23)
Lauren Murphy def. Mara Romero Borella Lauren Murphy def. Mara Romero Borella via third-round TKO (1:46)
Claudio Henrique Da Silva def. Cole Williams Claudio Silva def. Cole Williams via submission (RNC) (R1, 2:35)
Miranda Granger def. Hannah Goldy Miranda Granger def. Hannah Goldy via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
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