Newcomer Jonathan Meunier debuts against Covington at UFC Ottawa
<p>Promotional newcomer Jonathan Meunier<a href="http://www.ufc.com/news/Newcomer-Meunier-Debuts-against-Covington-in-Ottawa"> will be filling in</a> for his Tristar teammate Alex Garcia who was forced out of his UFC Fight Night 89 bout against Colby Covington with an injury.</p>
<p>Meunier (7-0) will be making his debut one just one weeks notice. The 28-year old Canadian has won all of his professional bouts with stoppages consisting of five knockouts and two submissions. His latest victory came against an undefeated Francis Charbonneau who he submitted in the first round at LAMMQ 5 in May. One month prior, Meunier stopped Stephen Martinez in the first round with a TKO.</p>
<p>Covington (8-1) is coming off of the first loss of his pro MMA career which came at the hands of Warlley Alves in their UFC 194 bout where Alves submitted Covington in under two minutes in the opening round. Covington, a wrestling standout at Oregon State University, entered the UFC as a 5-0 prospect and went on to beat his next three opponents, scoring two finishes in the process. His last victory was a unanimous decision win over long-time veteran Mike Pyle.</p>
<p>UFC Fight Night 89 will be headlined by a welterweight bout between #1 ranked Rory MacDonald and #2 ranked Stephen “Wonderboy’ Thompson. The event will be the UFC’s first ever in Canada’s capital of Ottawa and takes place on June 18.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.