Covington accuses Edwards of cheating
In the electrifying lead-up to UFC 296, Colby Covington, a prominent fighter with a record of 17-3 in MMA and 12-3 in UFC, is set to face welterweight champion Leon Edwards (21-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC). This highly anticipated main event takes place on December 16 in Las Vegas, broadcasted via pay-per-view following the prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
Covington has openly labeled Edwards as a “cheater”, referring to an unintentional eye poke against Belal Muhammad in March 2021, resulting in their match ending in a no-contest.
“As a fighter, Leon Scott is the biggest cheater the sport has ever known,” Covington stated in an interview with All Out Fighting. He goes on to describe Edwards’ tactics, including illegal moves like eye pokes and fence grabbing.
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Despite Covington’s harsh words, Edwards has been relatively silent during the buildup to their match. When asked to analyze Edwards both as a fighter and a person, Covington did not hold back. He questioned Edwards’ intelligence and educational level with controversial remarks, depicting a deeply personal rivalry ahead of their encounter in the octagon.
With Covington’s statements casting shadows over Edwards’ character and tactics, fans eagerly await to see if Edwards will respond to Covington’s accusations, not just verbally but through his actions in the upcoming match. The big question remains: Will Covington’s claims affect Edwards’ performance in the ring, or will he rise above the criticism to defend his title with skill and integrity?