Colby Covington Believes Leon Edwards Should Have Been Disqualified for Eye Poke

Published 03/15/2021, 9:10 AM EDT
SINGAPORE – JUNE 17: Colby Covington of United States (front) reacts after his fight with Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea (back) in the Welterweight Bout during UFC Singapore Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)


UFC welterweight Colby Covington took to the airwaves at Submission Radio and spoke out on last Saturday’s main event. Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad ended in a ‘No Contest’ after Edwards landed a flagrant eye poke that immobilized Muhammad. Referee Herb Dean had no choice but to call off the fight, and the fight ended rather unsatisfactorily.

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Chiefly, it’s rather jarring to see 2 consecutive UFC events end with such controversy sprinkled across the card. The previous week saw a contentious title switch take place from Petr Yan to Aljamain Sterling. The cause was an intentional knee to a downed opponent that cost Yan his world title.

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Colby Covington lays into the Edwards vs Muhammad controversy

Chaos’ didn’t have kind words for ‘Rocky’ Edwards as he spoke out on the controversy that unfolded in his fight. Not to mention, he was greatly aggravated that Edwards was still ranked as the #3 welterweight on the planet. Covington believes that his inactivity should have forced the UFC to expel him from their ranks.

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington is introduced prior to his welterweight bout against Robbie Lawler during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I could care less how he looks. I’ve watched little tapes from here, bits and pieces from the past. I don’t see anything special. I see a guy who hasn’t fought in 2 years. How is he still in the rankings?

“He still hasn’t fought in 2 years and now he has a No Contest, which by the way, that should have been a disqualification because he did poke the guy in the face in the first round.”

‘Chaos’ ensues as Covington trashes Leon Edwards

Additionally, he doubled down on the notion that Leon Edwards deserved to be disqualified instead of a ‘No Contest’. Covington explained that the referee’s backstage warning alone should have been enough to deter any eye pokes.

“And backstage, I know Herb Dean gave him the warning ‘Hey, Don’t poke him in the eye, because that’s the instruction they give every time before they go out there and fight.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: (L-R) Bulal Muhammad kicks Leon Edwards of Jamaica in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“He should have been disqualified, I don’t know how that was a ‘No Contest’ but that being said, he still hasn’t fought in two years, how is he in the rankings?”

The UFC certainly has a systemic problem on their hands when it comes to eye pokes and other flagrant fouls. Several fighters are getting caught up in the moment. Chiefly, this has led to UFC fans feeling largely dissatisfied by the recent events.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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