Colby Covington had too much horsepower for Robbie Lawler.
Repeated takedowns, a merciless pace and high-output standup carried the American Top Team standout to a unanimous decision over Lawler in the UFC on ESPN 5 headliner on Saturday the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, likely cementing him as the No. 1 contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight division. All three cageside judges saw it for Covington (15-1, 10-1 UFC): 50-44, 50-45 and 50-45.
Lawler (28-14, 13-8 UFC) never got out of neutral. Covington overwhelmed him with takedowns at the start, wore down the former EliteXC and UFC champion in the clinch and applied maximum pressure with his punches. Lawler spent far more time bobbing and weaving than he did returning fire. Covington punctuated his latest conquest in the closing seconds of Round 5, where he connected with a spinning backfist and cut “Ruthless Robbie” near his left eye.
Covington has rattled off seven straight victories and appears p