Leon Edwards Thinks Colby Covington Getting The Next Title Shot Is Dana White Privilege

Leon Edwards is not a fan of Colby Covington walking into a title shot with his current record and two losses to Usman.

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Leon Edwards would like to slow the talk of Colby Covington getting the next title shot.  

UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards is fresh off of his first title defense at UFC 286 in London, England. Immediately, it was announced that he would be facing Colby Covington in his next time out. Covington was on hand to serve as a backup fighter for the main event of UFC 286 much to the surprise of Edwards. He spoke afterward about not knowing about Covington‘s role as a backup until fight week. Now he is not too happy with him getting a title shot. 
Covington has lost two of his last four fights, both to Kamaru Usman in title bouts. Now the UFC is on board with him getting yet another title shot, this time against Edwards. However, if Edwards has anything to do with it this will not be happening. 

Leon Edwards says Colby Covington getting a title shot makes no sense

Edwards was a guest on The MMA Hour on Monday afternoon to talk about his title defense and the possibility of fighting Covington. He made it clear that he has a say in who he fights next and his choice is not Covington. 

“I definitely have a say, listen even looking past the next fight. Look at the road I had to take to get there, right? There’s no way you get beat twice, by the guy I just beat twice, beat Masvidal, and then sit out for a year and a half,” he said.  “Not even tweeting or nothing, he’s gone missing for a year and randomly pops up at the weigh-ins. Like, ok, he’s fighting for a title next? It makes not sense.”

Edwards believes that Covington needs another win over a top contender before making a case for another title shot. He believes that Covington is being awarded the shot due to his personality and his fan base.

“Let’s see how it plays out. But like I said, yea, go out there and earn your way just like i had to do,” he said. “Him and Khamzat have been calling each other out for years. This is a guy that I got matched up three times in a row, I took the fight, he didn’t take the fight. He’s getting rewarded for not taking the fight. When it was me, I got removed from the rankings. That Dana White privilege is there for real.” 

Edwards is targeting a summer return and with a possible contender fight taking place between Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns, perhaps one of those could fill in for a title shot if Covington is vetoed by Edwards.

Published on March 20, 2023 at 3:01 pm
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