‘Most Money’-UFC 296 Main Event Get Scrutinized By Leon Edwards As The Champion Calls Colby Covington Undeserving

Published 11/18/2023, 9:45 AM EST

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Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington is the match expected to headline UFC 295. As we eagerly await the matchup, Edwards shared some insights about the fight in a recent video. Covington’s status as the next challenger for the Welterweight Title was revealed in UFC 286. Edwards is the current champion and will look to defend his title against him. 

While speaking to Sky Sports, Edwards seemed confident about the matchup. Many believe Covington is not a deserving candidate. Edwards feels it’s all about business. With the two fighters expected to fight late this year, how will the fight turn out? 

‘I still don’t think he deserves it’ – Leon Edwards


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After cutting weight as the main event’s backup fighter, the UFC guaranteed Covington a title fight. However, Edwards disagreed with the revelation and felt he did not deserve it. After defeating Kamaru Usman twice, he pointed out Covington’s inactivity and one-fight win streak as a lack of merit. In his recent YouTube video, he clarifies why Covington got the nod from the UFC. 

While speaking to Sky Sports, Edward said, ‘I still don’t think he deserves it, no. Obviously, I had a meeting with UFC in Vegas in the summer after the March fight. I had a few little niggles and injuries to deal with. But I was fit to go in August, but the UFC had plans for Sean and Malley. Jon Jones was headlining New York. He will bring in the most money right now, and it’s probably him.’


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Edwards made a name for himself after he defeated Kamaru Usman and shook the world. He not only beat him once, but twice. As he mentions in the video, he faced some niggles after the March fight and took a break. However, now the champion is all set to fight and defend his title against Covington. Covington, popularly known as ‘Chaos,’ will look to win the fight and become the champion. It will be an exciting matchup as both fighters are very different. 


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UFC 295- ‘ Rocky’ vs ‘Chaos’

Despite being a well-rounded fighter, Edwards mainly fights as a striker from a southpaw stance. The champion is a master of long-range and uses a variety of tricks in his fight. He not only has the reach but also a lethal clinch. Fighters who have previously tried to secure takedowns against him immediately find his strength. His size and reach grant him a tremendous advantage in these situations. 

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Colby ‘ Chaos’ Covington is the king of cardio and pressure. In the video, Edwards mentions about the excellent cardio he has. He is a wrestler foremost, but does not shy away from using his punches. Both the fighters are southpaw, and it will be interesting to see how they line up for their match. Will the ‘ Chaos ‘ be able to gas-out his opponent and win the title? Or will ‘ Rocky’ use his fighting ability to come out on top? Let us know your predictions in the comments below. 

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Anirban Chatterjee


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Anirban Chatterjee is a Viral Sports Moments writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his higher education from Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences as an MBA in Sports Management. He represented Jharkhand State Cricket Team in different age groups starting from u-15 till u-22 level.
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