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Colby Covington Calls Fighting Leon Edwards “Charity”

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In a recent interview with Submission Radio, welterweight contender Colby Covington shut down any rumor of him stepping in to face Leon Edwards on March 13th. Covington called fighting Edwards “charity”.

Following Khamzat Chimaev‘s withdrawment from his main event bout versus Leon Edwards, UFC President Dana White announced they were “looking at” booking Covington vs Edwards.

Colby Covington responded to the possibility of replacing Chimaev and fighting Edwards in an interview with Submission Radio.

“Leon Scott (Edwards) hasn’t earned anything boys,” Covington said. “I’m in the Colby Covington Incorporated Championship pay-per-view business. I’m not in the Leon Scott charity business – this isn’t charity hour man. I’m fighting on the top of the mountain. I’m fighting the best in the world.”

Covington went on to tell hosts Kacper Rosolowski and Denis Shkuratov that Leon Edwards isn’t worthy of fighting him.

Colby Covington Statement

“It’s not my fault this kid (Edwards) hasn’t fought in two years,” he asserted. “There’s people from England fighting all the time in the pandemic – they’re not scared to fight. So I’m not doing charity work for this guy who hasn’t fought in two years – he’s irrelevant. He’s beaten a bunch of bums.”

Covington vs Edwards is clearly a fight the UFC would like to make right now. However, Colby concluded his thoughts on the matter by campaigning against Jorge Masvidal and for his rematch with Kamaru Usman.

“I would say who’s fighting ‘Marty Fake Newsman’, Covington replied. “You’re going to give ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal – the same guy when we were talking on the phone were saying ‘he’s the hardest guy to deal with, he’s the next Diaz – you’re going to reward that guy? He hasn’t fought since that fight (vs Usman). The people wanna see one fight. They wanna see a rematch: ‘Marty Fake Newsman’ and Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington part two. Are you f***ing me? It’s a joke, it’s a scam, it’s the biggest corruption in the history of this sport.”

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: Colby Covington interacts with media during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It’s clear that Colby Covington wants his rematch with Kamaru Usman prior to fighting anyone else – not just Edwards. Still, Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani regarding the circumstances.

“Where does he (Covington) go from here – If he wants a title shot he’s got to beat someone like me right,” Edwards asked Helwani. “I’m ranked number three in the world. He just got beat by the champion. He beat a washed up Woodley. So I don’t understand where he goes from here if he wants to be a world champion.”

As it stands, Leon Edwards appears down to fight Colby Covington, but the latter is disinterested. Moreover, Dana White seems willing to grant Masvidal a rematch with Usman prior to giving Covington his. Additionally, the champ expressed his interest in fighting Masvidal again – while not even mentioning Covington as a possibility.

Will Colby Covington give in and face Leon Edwards on March 13th? Or will he hold out in hopes of running it back with Usman? We’ll find out that answer in the coming weeks.


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