Mar 5, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, UNITED STATES; Colby Covington celebrates after defeating Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) during UFC 272 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Colby Covington Claims Rightful UFC 296 Title Shot Against Leon Edwards

Colby Covington asserts his hard-earned title shot against UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards at UFC 296.

Colby Covington, a prominent figure in the UFC’s welterweight division, is set to challenge Leon Edwards for the 170-pound title at UFC 296 on December 16 in Las Vegas. Unlike Edwards, Covington believes he has truly earned his spot for the title shot. Following a decisive victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272, Covington faced criticism for receiving a title shot despite two previous losses to then-champion Kamaru Usman. However, Covington argues that Edwards’ path to the title, including his fight against Nate Diaz, was less deserving.

“He fought a lightweight washout in Nate Diaz and sat out almost two years to get his title shot. I don’t think he warranted getting a title shot after beating that guy,”

Covington remarked to Emphasizing his own journey, Covington highlighted the struggles and efforts he undertook to secure his place in the upcoming title fight, labeling it as ‘earning it the hard way.’

Apart from his critique of Edwards, Covington also expressed frustration over being sidelined from fights, noting that he was ready to face other contenders like Khamzat Chimaev and Dustin Poirier. His passion for the sport remains undimmed, as he eagerly awaits the opportunity to prove himself in the octagon.

Covington’s determination and claim to the title shot at UFC 296 set the stage for a high-stakes encounter with Edwards, underscoring his relentless pursuit of the welterweight championship.

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