Did Colby Covington Make a Mistake by Not Fighting Leon Edwards? Daniel Cormier Disagrees With Kamaru Usman

Published 02/23/2021, 4:30 AM EST


The Fight Night card on March 13th finally has a main event in place. Leon Edwards will be taking on Belal Muhammad in a five-round fight. The winner will most likely fight for the title in their next bout. The fight is a big step up for Muhammad, as he has never headlined a UFC card before. Moreover, he will fight someone who is on an eight-fight win streak with a lot of hype around him.

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Edwards has been out of competition since July 2019. Although the Briton wanted to fight and stay active, circumstances around the world meant it was not possible for him to fly over to the United States to fight. 

On March 13th, he has an excellent opportunity to prove why he is one of the best in the welterweight division. 

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Daniel Cormier gives his thoughts on Colby Covington turning down a fight against Leon Edwards 

On the recent episode of DC & Helwani, Daniel Cormier voiced his thoughts on Colby Covington turning down the fight against Rocky.

“Colby needs to fight somebody…… I don’t know if he botched this in the sense that he did not have a lot of time. It’s not like he had a full camp to prepare. Ariel, you can only talk about just the matchup to a certain degree. You gotta take in all the different aspects.”

The former champion continued, “One, Colby Covington because of the way he fights, the output, and the effort he fights with you can not gain that in two weeks…

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“I don’t know man, the way he fights, he needs time to get in like great shape…. Because you don’t get in that kinda shape fast, it takes time to be able to put out the kinda effort that Colby Covington puts out whenever he fights. So, I see why he didn’t. Do I believe that it should have been those two? Yes.”

It is no secret that the UFC wanted to book a fight between Colby and Edwards for the main event. ‘Rocky’ agreed to the fight, however, ‘Chaos’ didn’t as he did not want to partake in ‘charity’. Covington has his sights set on the title and is the only fight he wants besides Masvidal. 

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Do you think Colby Covington should have accepted the fight against Leon Edwards? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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