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Leon Edwards wants fight with Colby Covington: “I never liked the guy”

"He’s like Usman but less powerful"

Rising British star Leon Edwards has set his sights on the welterweight division’s biggest antagonist: Colby Covington. 

2020 started off well for English welterweight Leon Edwards. He was riding an eight fight winning streak and was slated to face former champion Tyron Woodley in the main event at UFC London. However the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to that event, and Edwards lost the biggest fight of his life.

Since then, Woodley began feuding with divisional heel Colby Covington, as the two went back and forth. There was even talk of Woodley and Covington fighting in the United States, but those plans never came into fruition.

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Now, speaking to the South China Morning Post, Edwards admitted he was also interested in facing Covington.

“I would love to shut him up. I’ve never liked the guy,” Edwards said of Covington.

“I feel it’s a great match-up. He’s like Usman but less powerful. He’s a pace fighter. He has the cardio, he wants to keep the pace up and break you that way. I think if you don’t let him push you back, he’s quite easy to beat. Technically, he’s just a standard fighter. I’m looking for a title shot. If I have to do one more before the title shot, then Colby or Woodley would be perfect.”

As of now, neither Edwards Covington or Woodley have a fight planned. The current pandemic has halted MMA world wide, but the UFC will be returning on May 9th with an event in Jacksonville, Florida. Two additional events will also take place at the same venue. It seems MMA is returning, which could lead to some interesting welterweight match ups.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com
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