Since Khamzat Chimaev vs. Leon Edwards has fallen off once again, Edwards wants Colby Covington to stop talking and step up to fight him.
The highly anticipated bout between Chimaev and Edwards has been canceled for the third time and won’t happen at UFC Fight Night 187 on March 13. Due to lingering issues from contracting COVID-19 in late 2020, Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) won’t be fit to compete against Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC).
White told ESPN the promotion will move on from the matchup while Chimaev makes his recovery. Edwards is expected to fight a different opponent potentially on a new date and that opponent could be Covington.
Covington is a former interim welterweight titleholder who battled Kamaru Usman for the undisputed title at UFC 245, falling short by fifth-round TKO. Leon is currently on an eight-fight win streak. Should this matchup be made, White thinks that the winner would go on to challenge Usman for the welterweight belt.
“I think what we do now with what happened to Khamzat, we’re looking at Colby vs. Leon,” White said. “The winner of that fight would fight Usman next.”
“In this world, we’re living in now, things change every minute,” White added when asked if this meant a matchup between Covington and Jorge Masvidal was out of the question. “Khamzat, fought three times in three weeks and now we can’t get the guy a fight in three months. So you’ve got to just kind of roll with it.”
Leon Edwards wants Colby Covington to take the fight
At this point, the fight isn’t done, and we don’t know if the UFC can get Covington to agree to it. In his mind, he should already be next for a rematch with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. However, White wants him to fight Leon first and he wants the fight, too. “Rocky” called his shot during an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, where he had a few choice words for “Chaos” in an attempt to goad him.
Leon Edwards tells Colby Covington to stop making excuses and "step up."
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 16, 2021
“He talks all this sh*t on social media, but he doesn’t want to fight. He makes excuses as to why he doesn’t want to fight. Then step up and stop being a b*tch. Let’s get this work,” Leon said.
UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington is ranked No. 2 at 170 pounds, with Leon Edwards (No. 3) and Jorge Masvidal (No. 4) right behind him. That would make him a prime candidate for either fighter, which may explain why promotion president Dana White was trying to book Covington vs. Edwards after Khamzat Chimaev was shelved indefinitely.
I guess Covington isn’t impressed by that offer.
“I don’t know what he’s talking about,” Covington told Submission Radio. “That’s just him talking. I’m not doing charity business anymore. It’s not my fault [Edwards] hasn’t fought in two years. There are people from England fighting all the time in the pandemic, they’re not scared to fight. So, I’m not doing charity for this guy who hasn’t fought in two years. He’s irrelevant, he’s beat a bunch of bums, and I’m not doing charity.”
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