As the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion, Leon Edwards is not pleased with the UFC President Dana White’s proposed next opponent for him.
Despite successfully defending his title against Kamaru Usman at UFC 286, White was quick to suggest that Colby Covington should be next in line for a shot at the championship.
At the post-fight press conference, Edwards expressed his dissatisfaction with this plan, stating that he doesn’t see how it makes sense for Covington to be given a title shot when he hasn’t competed in over a year and a half.
He also pointed out that other men in the division have been active and have been active, and it is unfair for Covington to slide in for a world title shot.
Covington vs. Edwards would likely generate a big pay-per-view buzz, the champion has his eyes set on another challenger, one with whom he has unfinished business.
Edwards believes that if Jorge Masvidal beats Gilbert Burns at UFC 287, he should be the next in line for a title shot. Edwards has a personal vendetta against Masvidal, and he believes that this would have a compelling storyline to tell.
Edwards has worked hard to earn his place as the king of the welterweight division. He had to win 12 in a row to earn his title shot, and he feels that it is only fair that he gets to decide who he faces next.
When he was trying to get his title shot, people were saying “who is he?” and “I don’t know who he is.” But now, he is the champion, and people are suggesting that Covington should be allowed to jump the line.
White previously said he’d want to see Chimaev go through Covington to get a title shot but due to weight issues, Chimaev is likely moving up.
Covington was rumored to be on an extended break considering his litigation against Masvidal. While he was represented by ATT’s Dan Lambert for a long time, Covington left him last year and is now representing himself. This might be one of the reasons why White is favoring Covvington, considering he’s far more likely to be the cheapest title contender out there.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.