For a fight in July, Colby Covington has his sights set on welterweight champion Leon Edwards.
Colby Covington was present for Saturday’s UFC 286 main event at The O2, where Edwards defeated Kamaru Usman (20-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) by majority decision.
Despite weighing in as a backup, Covington (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) anticipates being the next in line for a title opportunity.
“I didn’t see anything special,” Covington said.
“I see a guy that isn’t hungry anymore. It looks like he got the title and he made his money, and he’s kind of cashed out. Of course he’s going to get some home-cooking judging. He got his little home affair. Now it’s time to come see the man – the real champion, the people’s champion, the king of Miami, and the most important title: Donald Trump’s favorite fighter.”
“You could tell he’s been working on that,” Covington said.
“It’s been a focal point of his, but he hasn’t fought anybody like me, who can mix up the takedowns and the wrestling in a southpaw. You can tell Usman came out and he fought him southpaw that first round. You could tell he was having a lot of trouble. He didn’t like that.
“Leon Scott is very good when he’s fighting guys who are orthodox. He has his left kick and his left hand. That’s his favorite punch and his favorite kick. Now, he’s going to fight a guy who’s going to be in his face, a southpaw. Styles make fights and I’m going to finish him on home soil in America, hopefully, International Fight Week in July. Let’s get this going.”
“I’ve got the fire in my soul right now. I’m hungrier than I’ve ever been in my life and I’m really coming into my prime. I’m not just saying this. This is how I feel and this is what I know. This summer, you’re going to see Colby ‘Chaos’ 2.0. You’re going to see a show you’ve never seen before. I’m coming to get that belt. Mark my words.”