‘Tremendous Mistake’- Kamaru Usman Rips into Colby Covington For Ducking Leon Edwards

February 22, 2021 8:00 pm

Kamaru Usman is not happy with Colby Covington. Despite having beaten Colby already, Usman is aware that Covington is still one of the biggest threats to his title.

However, Colby still needs another big win to justify a second-attempt at Usman’s belt. However, he let that opportunity pass by, not taking a fight with Leon Edwards according to Usman.

“For you to sit here and demand, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ve done enough. I demand a shot’. First of all, you weren’t (the UFC’s) favorite in the first place. You’re not. So you can’t sit here (and say that). It’s not that you’re selling mad pay-per-per views.

“You don’t really do that, as well. So for you to sit here and demand something like that, I think it’s ridiculous. I think the best way for you to solidify your title shot is to go out there and fight.”

Usman said about the Edwards situation, “And what better way than to knock off the No. 3 (ranked) guy? He’s on his way up.

“He’s making the claim to the throne that he deserves that shot. What better way than to knock him off? He failed to do that and I think he made a tremendous mistake.” (h/t: MMA Junkie)

Kamaru Usman: Justified in his criticism of Colby?

Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington have bad blood. That is no secret. However, was this champion addressing a challenger or rival addressing rival? Seems like it is a bit of both.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria reacts after his victory over Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Covington has just had one fight since his loss to Usman, and it was a win over Tyron Woodley who was coming off two losses.

Considering how Leon Edwards is on an 8-fight winning-streak and even Jorge Masvidal seems like a more tangible option for Usman, Covington needs to make his case by taking on someone like Edwards.

However, the shots at Colby’s drawing power could be a little more personal. Even calling not taking a dangerous fight against Edwards on short-notice a ‘tremendous mistake’ maybe a little too harsh.

After the dust settles, Colby will still be just one win away from the title. Whether it is against Edwards after his fight against Belal Muhammad is something we will have to see.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. He has previously written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda.com, and WhatCulture.com. In that time, he has covered a wide variety of sports, including pro wrestling. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication.

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