UFC Welterweight No. 2 Colby Covington, who has been named the official contender for the title, has opened up about how he sees a title fight against reigning division champion Leon Edwards.
“I will beat him from the first second to the last,” Chaos told Michael Bisping in an interview. “I will beat him everywhere. I’m better at wrestling, I’m better at striking, and I’m better at jiu-jitsu. My cardio, he won’t pull it. He gets slower in his fights. He comes out, throws 50-60 kicks, 50-60 punches, and then his volume drops and he starts to slow down. Therefore, I will wear him out and break him. I will break his will. He knows what’s going to happen: he’ll break down in front of the whole world.”
At the same time, Covington is sure that in the rematch against Edwards, Kamaru Usman was no longer the same fighter with whom the American shared the octagon twice.
“Leon did his job, but there was nothing spectacular about it. He didn’t look like a winner. Many fans didn’t even know who won. It was a close fight and Usman was not the Usman I fought.”
“Marty was a completely different fighter when I fought him a couple of years ago. Now he doesn’t look hungry. He doesn’t train as hard as he used to. Now he justifies himself with injuries – that’s why I was there as a backup fighter, because they were not sure that Marty would even come to the fight.
According to available information, the title fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington could take place on July 8 at UFC 290 in Las Vegas.