Dana White has confirmed that following Leon Edwards’ trilogy victory over Kamaru Usman, Edwards will defend his title against Colby Covington.
Colby Covington has been tabbed by DANA WHITE to succeed Leon Edwards as the welterweight champion.
After being knocked out by Kamaru Usman with a head kick six months prior, British fighter Leon Edwards immediately fought Usman again to defend his title.
At London’s O2 Arena, he prevailed over Covington, his backup opponent, on the scorecard.
President of the UFC White announced the American bad boy will challenge Edwards for the championship.
To paraphrase what he actually said, “That’s the fight that makes sense, Colby came over here, cut weight, and did everything to be here for this fight.
He’s earned this matchup. Furthermore, he ranks somewhere between second and third among all men.
Covington, 35, hasn’t fought since March 2022, when he won a unanimous decision over his former training partner turned bitter enemy Jorge Masvidal, 37.
They have been feuding ever since Masvidal, 30, attacked Edwards, 30, backstage at UFC London in 2019.
Edwards, a former title challenger, will be fighting Gilbert Burns, 36, again next month in an attempt to settle an old score.
I don’t see how Colby can make any sense,” he mused. Since over a year and a half ago, he hasn’t been in a battle.
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It’s not just me that’s been working hard in the division recently. Now that I’ve worked my way to the top, it’s my right to choose my successor.
If Jorge Masvidal were to win against Gilbert Burns, that would be the fight to put on pay-per-view.
I had to fight him 12 times before he even acknowledged me as a contender for the title.
“I am the king; I will choose my successor. Since I don’t care for Masvidal, please give me that option. I reckon I’d win a fight with him easily because he’s a complete oddball.