UFC President Dana White plans to present Colby Covington the following crack at reigning 170-pound champion Kamaru Usman, regardless of shedding by means of technical knockout to “The Nigerian Nightmare” of their UFC 245 fundamental occasion again in late 2019.
Since that five-round contest, Usman has gone on to register three straight title defenses with two knockout finishes. “Chaos,” in the meantime, rebounded with a late end over the since-departed Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11 in Sept. 2020.
Welterweight contender Leon Edwards just isn’t impressed.
“I don’t understand how Dana is justifying giving Colby the title shot,” Edwards informed ESPN (transcribed by Harry Kettle). “He went on the market, it was an harm in opposition to Tyron Woodley, he sat out for over a yr and demanded that he desires a title shot after simply getting knocked out for the title like one combat in the past. I simply don’t perceive how they’re even contemplating that once I’ve been right here for years, grinding my approach again up from my final defeat.”
Edwards (18-3, 1 NC), has not misplaced since Usman outpointed him at UFC on FOX 17 in Dec. 2015. Within the years that adopted, “Rocky” captured eight straight wins (topped with one No Contest) to climb all the best way as much as No. 3 at 170 kilos.
“I went on an eight combat win streak, quickly to be 9, so after I am going on the market and defeat Nate subsequent weekend, I’ll be ready for my title shot,” Edwards continued. “If that’s the sport plan – to attend it out, sit out and don’t combat, then I’ll be doing the identical. I’ll go on the market and I’ll deal with my enterprise this weekend, and I’ll look ahead to my shot. That’ll make it 9 in a row. That’s the third most within the division’s historical past. There’s Usman, GSP and me for essentially the most wins, so I’ll go on the market and show my case.”
Edwards returns to the cage in opposition to longtime veteran Nate Diaz as a part of the UFC 263 pay-per-view (PPV) occasion, which takes place this Sat. evening (June 12, 2021) inside Gila River Area in Glendale Arizona. And judging by his feedback, which may be the final we see of “Rocky” till the promotion comes by with a welterweight title shot.
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