Edwards has next fight lined up after Usman but Brit isn’t keen
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UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Leon Edwards will face Colby Covington next after his win over Kamaru Usman in London last night. Covington was the alternate for the fight and cut a massive 18lb on short notice to be available in case there was a pull-out.
Edwards out struck Usman during an entertaining back-and-forth in the UFC 286 headliner to secure a majority decision victory. Usman applied the pressure and was always searching for the takedown but struggled to hold down his adversary, who showed marked improvements in his wrestling.
Kicks to the body and legs proved to be Edwards’ most effective weapons as he began to set up the sweeping cross-kick that won him their last fight. It got through partially on a couple of occasions in the final stanza but to Usman’s credit, he wore it well.
Watching on from cage side was Covington, who had the mic thrust into his face post-fight as fans speculated that he would be next. And this was later confirmed by White hold told assembled media at the post-fight press conference: “I don’t know when we will do it but that’s the fight that makes sense. And Colby came here and cut weight and did everything to be here for this fight. Not to mention he is the second or third guy in the world.”
When asked if it will happen next, he replied: “yeah.” Chaos is ranked No2 at welterweight and is the most deserved foe off rankings alone but there is also Khamzhat Chimaev and Belal Muhammad at No3 and No4 respectively, who have both built up healthy win streaks.
Meanwhile, Edwards is keenest on settling the score with fierce rival Jorge Masvidal. The pair got into a backstage brawl at UFC Fight Night 147 with Masvidal landing a clean 1-2 on Edwards shortly after knocking out his fellow countryman Darren Till in the main event.
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But Masvidal is on a three-fight losing streak, the most recent of which is against the man White says is up next for Edwards. However, Rocky doesn’t believe Covington should get the shot due to his inactivity.
“I don’t know how that makes sense,” he said of the match-up. “He hasn’t fought for over a year and a half, sat out, not injured. I don’t get how he slides in for the world title shot when there are other guys in the division that have stayed active and haven’t sat out. I’m the king now, I’ve earned my way so I feel as though I should decide who is next.”
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