UFC on ESPN 5 Predictions, Preview & Betting Tips – Covington vs. Lawler
We have UFC on ESPN 5 Predictions for the Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler welterweight fight at Prudential Center, New Jersey, this Saturday night.
Covington is on the rise in the welterweight division but standing in his way is Robbie Lawler, a man who has had 42 fights during his MMA career.
Six years his junior, Colby Covington is the bookmakers’ favorite and expected to beat the ageing Lawler.
Also featuring on the card is the Jim Miller vs. Clay Guida fight. They have 97 professional MMA fights between them and it’s going to be a cracking contest between two mean fighters.
Joaquim Silva takes on Nasrat Haqparast in the other major fight, which sees two rising stars of the lightweight division to battle.
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UFC on ESPN 5 Fight Preview – Covington vs. Lawler
Covington vs. Lawler is a highly anticipated fight and our UFC on ESPN 5 Predictions could be predicting an upset on Saturday night.
There’s no doubting the talents of Colby Covington, who is 14-1 after scoring a decision win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225 in June last year.
Colvington hasn’t fought since that time so having more than a year off will be a negative against Robbie Lawler, who has faced harder opponents in his time with the UFC. However, with a win, Covington will earn a title shot.
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Robbie Lawler was meant to fight Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 3 before being cancelled. Prior to that he became Ben Askren’s 19th victim via a Round 1 submission.
That loss followed a one-year break for Lawler, who had fought the likes of Donald Cerrone and dos Anjos in 2017. He managed to beat Cerrone in a three-round decision and that put him back on the map.
“Ruthless” Lawler is up against it this week but his +200 odds could see bettors come for the superstar.
UFC on ESPN 5 Predictions – Covington vs. Lawler
Our UFC on ESPN 5 Predictions see a Lawler upset happening in New Jersey this Saturday.
We have already seen a few big upset results by the more experienced fighters in 2019 and Lawler isn’t past his best yet.
Covington is a well-rounded fighter and he has our respect, but the odds are slightly too short to take.
Lawler at +200 @ Bovada is the better-value bet and his toughness should see this fight going the distance unless he ends it prior.
UFC on ESPN 5 Fight Preview – Miller vs. Guida
With 93 professional fights and 72 years between the fighters, the Miller vs. Guida fight is one for the purists.
We didn’t think we’d see this kind of fight in the UFC this year and we can’t wait. Jim Miller (30-13-0) is a tough fighter who won via submission in Round 1 vs Jason Gonzalez in April.
To be fighting so soon after that is a good sign and he’ll be looking to put a disappointing 2018 behind him, which included a loss to New Zealand fighter Dan Hooker and Charles Oliveira.
Clay Guida (35-18) scored a decision win over BJ Penn at UFC 237, which presumably ended Penn’s career. However, Dana White said Penn has one more fight to come.
Back to Guida, the Illinois native was also a loser to Oliveira in 2018 but he was dynamic in 2017 when beating Joe Lauzon by a first-round knockout.
Fireworks are expected in the Miller vs. Guida fight and our UFC Predictions could see another upset on the UFC on ESPN 5 card.
UFC on ESPN 5 Predictions – Miller vs. Guida
Bovada currently has Jim Miller as the –180 favorite and that’s a fair price for a fighter of his quality. However, Clay Guida has some heavy hands and could put Miller to sleep early in his fight.
Guida showed his class when beating BJ Penn and although he’s not the same BJ Penn of the past, it’s still a victory.
He’s coming to the tail-end of his career and what better way than to beat Jim Miller on UFC on ESPN 5.
Bet on Guida (+150 @ Bovada) for the best value in the Miller vs. Guida fight.
UFC on ESPN 5 Fight Preview – Silva vs. Haqparast
These are two names that some UFC fans might not be aware of, but Silva vs. Haqparast should be a good undercard fight.
Nasrat Haqparast, the –230 favorite, is a 10-2 fighter from Germany who is riding a two-fight winning streak. Both of those wins came by decision, so there is room for improvement.
The 23-year-old is relatively inexperienced at this level but he did defeat two dangerous fighters to get to this position.
For Joaquim Silva, the road to UFC on ESPN 5 has been a mixed bag. He lost to Vinc Pichel at UFC on Fox 27 before knocking out Jared Gordon at UFC on Fox 31.
That knockout win put him back on the map and the 30-year-old could score an upset over Haqparast this Saturday.
UFC on ESPN 5 Predictions – Silva vs. Haqparast
We have predicted a couple of upsets on the main fights on UFC on ESPN 5, but we’re going with the favorite on this occasion.
Nasrat Haqparast looks the more complete fighter and he could have a bright future in the UFC if he comes through this fight with a good showing.
Take Haqparast -230 @ Bovada.