Leon Edwards On Colby Covington Getting Another Title Shot: “I Can’t See That Happening”

Edwards is not convinced the UFC will hand Colby Covington another crack at gold.

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  • Leon Edwards reckoned that Colby Covington is no longer a title contender
  • Edwards wants Covington to face the winner of Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns

UFC president Dana White had just confirmed that Leon Edwards will be Kamaru Usman’s next challenger. 

Colby Covington is not worthy of a third title shot

In a recent interview with The Schmo, Edwards explained why the UFC shouldn’t hand Colby Covington another crack at the belt despite beating a fellow top contender in Jorge Masvidal.

According to Edwards, Covington lost all of his chances at becoming UFC Champ, when he failed to dethrone Usman twice. Following the aftermath of that, ‘Chaos’ is building another case for yet another title shot. This would come from his decision win over Masvidal at UFC 272.

Should Covington rack up more wins, we’ll see him get another title opportunity, says Dana White. However, Edwards isn’t buying what his boss is selling. 

“Nah, I can’t see that happening,” Edwards said of Covington getting a third shot at the title. “He had two shots now at the title [and] he’s lost both. So, I can’t see why they’ll do another third fight. He’s beat a journeyman in Masvidal so I can’t see that happening.”

Thoughts On Covington vs. Masvidal

For Edwards, it was no surprise that Covington beat his rival, Masvidal at UFC 272.

“Masvidal tried his best for like two minutes. If it doesn’t go his way, he’s more than likely going to get outgrappled and lose. It played out exactly as I thought it would.”

Burns vs. Chimaev

‘Rocky’ believes Covington is a gatekeeper instead of a title contender. With that view, Edwards offers up a scenario for which Covington could partake in. That’s the winner of Gilbert Burns and the super-hyped Khamzat Chimaev. 

“Let’s say Khamzat wins, he should fight Colby,” he proposed. “Or Gilbert wins, he fights Colby, that’s for the number one contender really. Khamzat ain’t fought no one really [and] Gilbert will be the first guy he fought. So, if he does win, give me Colby. Or vice versa, [give] Gilbert to Colby.”

Published on March 18, 2022 at 1:49 pm
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