Colby Covington Launches Allegations on Marc Goddard Once Again as Cheating Accusations on Leon Edwards Concerns ‘Chaos’ Before UFC 296

Published 12/14/2023, 9:46 AM EST

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Colby Covington is all set to take on Leon Edwards at UFC 296. The 35-year-old will look to win the Welterweight title after making a comeback into the Octagon after 21 months. Colby “Chaos” Covington recently appeared on the YouTube TNT show and discussed what cost him his previous fights.

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Covington previously faced Kamaru Usman for the Welterweight title but lost the fight against “The Nigerian Nightmare.” However, the fighter felt that he got robbed during that match, and the main culprit was the referee, Marc Goddard. Let us delve into the fight to discover what Covington said about his previous encounter with Usman. 

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Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman have had one of the fiercest rivalries in the UFC. Both fighters met for the first time at UFC 245, where Usman showed his class and knocked out Covington in the first round. However, they had a rematch again at UFC 268, and this time around, “Chaos” put up a fight. While many believed Covington won the fight, the judges scored the fight differently.

In his interview on YouTube, considering Covington has already had two attempts at the undisputed Welterweight title, he was asked what he learned from those fights. He said, “I learned a lot from the first two attempts. I learned that you can’t leave it to the judges’ and referee’s decision. The first fight, I think, I really got screwed because of Marc Goddard. He made some egregious calls, some bad, bad calls, you know. Kicked him in the liver, he called a nut shot. The eye poke. Multiple fouls that shouldn’t have been fouls. I got screwed by the Las Vegas screw job.”

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Looking back at those fights, Covington explained how they didn’t feel like losses. “You know, I think, now, I’ve just grown and matured a lot from those losses. The second fight with Usman, I feel like I beat him. I thought I had that fight,” he added. After speaking about the Usman fight, the 35-year-old shifted his focus to his next opponent, Leon Edwards.

He said in the interview that the biggest challenge for him is not Edwards’ fighting skills but his cheating skills. According to “Chaos,” “Rocky” cheated in his previous fight against Usman. “[Edwards’ is] always looking for ways to bend the rules and cheat a little bit. So, I think that’s my biggest concern.” With both fighters scheduled to meet at UFC 296, it will be interesting to see how they line up against each other.

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Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington at UFC 296

The Welterweight title will be on the line when “Rocky” and “Chaos” meet inside the Octagon at UFC 296. Covington will try to win the title after failing to win it on two previous occasions. On the other hand, Edwards would love to keep his winning momentum going when he steps into the Octagon. Although the fighters have not met before, fans can expect a fiery battle on Saturday. Given Covington’s “bend the rules” comment about Edwards, the 35-year-old said, “I hope I see the best Leon on Saturday night.”

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Edwards is one of the most complete fighters on the roster. However, his opponent, Covington, brings an entirely new challenge to the table. Known for his outstanding cardio and his ability to be relentless in the final rounds of any fight, “Chaos” might prove to be a tough challenge for the champion. Who will win the battle between the two? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Anirban Chatterjee

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I am Anirban, an MMA enthusiast with the opportunity to combine my fascination for the sport with my professional adventures as a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Apart from being a professional athlete, MMA and Soccer are sports that I have always enjoyed following. I am a huge fan of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, and Israel Adesanya.
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