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