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Reeling Under Accusations of Dana White Privilege, Joe Rogan Puts the Final Nail on Colby Covington’s Fate Against Leon Edwards

Published 10/03/2023, 6:21 AM EDT

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Colby Covington and Leon Edwards are two of the most talented fighters to have ever graced the welterweight division. And what better to ensure high viewership numbers than match-up these adversaries against each other? Dana White recently announced that Leon Edwards will have to defend his title against Covington in the coming UFC 296 event. Edwards is on his winning streak and Covington must be looking forward to breaking that streak.

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Even though Covington has a record of showing exceptional and unexpected shows, the color commentator’ Joe Rogan is not convinced. He thinks that it might be difficult for the ‘Chaos’ to win against Edwards. In his recent The Joe Rogan Experience: MMA Show episode, he gave his predictions on their fight, especially after Covington’s long disappearance from the cage.

Joe Rogan provides an analysis of Colby Covington vs. Leon Edwards


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In his latest podcast, Joe Rogan hosted the current bantamweight champion, Sean O’Malley, and his coach, Tim Welsh. During their conversation about Islam Makhachev, Charles Oliveira, and UFC 294, they also delved into the topic of Colby Covington vs. Leon Edwards. O’Malley stated that it will beat sight if Covington wins against Edwards.

Rogan however disregarded O’Malley’s words and added that it would not be easy for Covington- “But you know, you gotta get past Leon. And after he beat Usman in the second fight, he realizes that defense is more impressive, and his striking is as good as anybody in the sport. That head kick was so nasty.”


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Rogan further continued, “The thing about Leon is, you can’t zig when you should’ve zagged. Yeah, he will find your chin. He’s got the championship-level confidence now. Wins the title by the most spectacular headshot, like one of the most spectacular head kicks in the sport, to win a title against Kamaru Usman.” With the ongoing debate about Covington’s candidacy on the fight, many have deemed Dana White to be the man responsible behind this unlikely matchmaking.

Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington title bout: Dana White Privilege debate

The unexpected title shot for Leon Edwards and Colby Covington surprised many, as Covington had been absent from the Octagon since his victory over Jorge Masvidal. Correspondingly, the combat community was perplexed by this decision due to the prevailing belief that Covington was undeserving, having already contended for the title twice within his last four fights and having suffered two losses to Kamaru Usman. The entire combat community claimed that Covington got into the fight due to his ‘Dana White privilege.’

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In the past, Edwards claimed that Covington was reaping the benefits of Dana White’s privilege. Edwards stated this in an interview “The man hasn’t done much, he’s coming off a loss, beat Masvidal,” Edwards said. “I just don’t get the case for him to fight for the title…that ‘Dana White privilege’ is definitely real. I think he needs at least one more fight. Everyone else is fighting and working their way to the title shot, so why should he wait out for a year and get his way with the title shot? There’s no clear contender right now, they’re all one fight away…so I’ll see everything where I’m from and have a look.”


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Is it the Dana white privilege? Although we can’t clarify that, this ultimate bout will clarify all the rising questions around Covington’s competency.


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Suryakant Das


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Suryakant Das is a passionate fan of UFC, mixed martial arts, and bodybuilding. Alongside his passion for sports activities, he is training to be a chartered accountant and has previously worked as a content lead in varied organizations. Suryakant's writing reveals a unique perspective on the world of MMA, enriched by his hunger to consume the latest happenings in the sport.
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