Colby Covington was a guest on “Submission Radio” where he discussed the new plans for his upcoming welterweight title fight vs. Leon Edwards.
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Colby Covington ‘heartbroken’ title fight is delayed
Former interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington told “Submission Radio” that his planned title fight vs. Leon Edwards has been pushed back.
According to Covington, the two were set to meet in the United Kingdom as part of a pay-per-view event from The O2 Arena. However, that has been changed, and Covington places the blame on none other than Edwards.
“There’s only one person to blame. The UFC, they’d already switched the card from an ESPN, Dana had already been in the process of switching it from an ESPN card to a pay-per-view. And he already had it set in stone that it was gonna be a pay-per-view.
So, I was on board, UFC was pushing for it. They really wanted to give the fans of the UK a show, because they realized how good a business and how good of an energy it is over there in the UK in that O2 arena.”
“The only reason that fight didn’t happen is Leon fucken Scott. That’s the only reason it didn’t happen.”
“I’m kinda heartbroken, to be honest, guys. Because, when I walked through those curtains at the O2 arena when I weighed in as the backup fighter and I walked out to that arena and they embraced me like the true king that I am and chanted my name, I had never felt a building of such electricity and such energy and just that type of atmosphere. It was incredible.
Those fans deserve a pay-per-view main event world title fight. So, the fact that Leon robbed them of that. Like, now I can see why nobody likes him over there and nobody likes him period. So, it sucks, because those guys and those people are so electric, such passionate fans. Like, they deserve that.
So, on here today on Submission Radio, boys, I’m gonna make a promise to the people of London, that since their supposed champion can’t do it, I’m gonna come back, I’m gonna the UFC welterweight world title and I’m gonna come make my first title defense over in London.”
Instead, Covington is now focusing in on August or September for the fight. But he is remaining prepared for anything that the UFC proposes to get his hands on Edwards and the championship belt.
“I know they’re pushing [the fight back]. I don’t know, they’re looking for August, September now is my guess. They don’t have anything locked in yet. The sooner the better for me. You guys know how I stay. I’m ready 24/7, 365. So, if it’s today, I’m ready. If it’s tomorrow, I’ll be ready. If it’s however long it is, it is just a formality. Everybody knows Leon’s nothing more than a placeholder. And his new name is ‘low IQ Edwards’. Because guys, I want you guys to do some research on him. What is his education level? What did he, did he even get through middle school? Because his IQ is so low he’s stupid as Biden.”
Covington on Belal Muhammad and his mistake
During the interview, Covington was asked his thoughts on Belal Muhammad and his standing in the division after besting Gilbert Burns. Muhammad picked up a victory in the co-main event over Burns at UFC 288.
“The weren’t guaranteed anything. Dana said it over and over again. I don’t know how many times the dorks over at the MMA media need to be explained. I’m next for the world title fight. Cause they weren’t fighting for anything last night. The only person that profited and won last night, guys, was Ali Abdela-sleeze. That’s the only guy. He couldn’t lose. He put two guys out there and it was a risk for both of ’em for no reason. What are they fighting for? They’re not fighting for anything. The UFC didn’t care to make that fight. It’s not like that fight was gonna sell pay-per-views or make this a big pay-per-view draw. No, those guys are nobodies.”
What makes Covington the No. 1 contender?
Some have questioned the decision by the UFC to schedule Covington vs. Edwards. The 35-year-old is just 2-2 over his last four fights, but has scored wins over Jorge Masvidal and Tyron Woodley.
The two losses have come at the hands of Kamaru Usman, who Edwards won the defended the title against.
Prior to his current run, Covington won 15 of his first 16 pro fights including wins over Robbie Lawler, Rafael dos Anjos and Demian Maia.
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