‘It’s A Division of Divas’ – Leon Edwards Roasts The “Social Media Fighter” Colby Covington

Published 03/12/2021, 5:39 AM EST
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica is interviewed after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC welterweight contender, Leon Edwards, talked to the media ahead of his fight against Belal Muhammad on Saturday. The fight which will see Edwards return after almost two years is set for the main event of UFC Vegas 21.

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The reporters asked him about his long hiatus from the sport and his situation with Khamzat Chimaev. They were set to fight three times, but it had to be canceled due to either side’s health issues. Currently, ‘Borz’ is recuperating on the sidelines.

Edwards addressed the latest cancelation of his fight and said that the UFC talked to him. “We (UFC) wanna keep you in the card, we trying to find you an opponent. The opponent they first mentioned was Colby Covington. They came to me. I said yes. They went to Colby, and he said no,” Edwards said.

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Edwards talked everyone through the selection process and why Stephen Thompson couldn’t fight him. “So went down the list, Wonderboy. Wonderboy had an injury, so he couldn’t do that date. He wanted to do it in like summer or something. Cause I can’t do summer, that’s like two-three years,” he added.

He showed some respect to his opponent ‘Remember The Name’ and thanked him for taking the fight. “I can’t wait for that long, then Belal Muhammad stepped up,” Leon said.

Leon Edwards on Colby Covington refusing to fight him

The reporter asked him if Colby Covington turning down the fight surprised him. ‘Rocky’ said, “No, he’s a social media fighter… He’s demanding demands, stuff they don’t deserve. I’ve been there, worked my way back up the hard way, and nothing was handed out to me. So, I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t surprised at all.”

Subsequently, the fighter who is on an eight-fight win streak, took a dig at everyone in the division and said, “It’s a division of divas.

This came on the back of him being snubbed by the champion, Kamaru Usman, multiple times, and former champion, Tyron Woodley, before that.

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 19: Leon Edwards of Jamaica poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio on July 19, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘Rocky’ (18-3) will look to win his ninth bout in a row against the also 18-3, Belal Muhammad. It’s going to be an interesting fight with both of them sharing some similar traits. So, expect some fireworks on Saturday.

Do you think Belal Muhammad can break Leon Edwards’ win streak?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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