UFC fighter Leon Edwards recently spoke to MMA Fighting ahead of his Fight Night contest this weekend. Edwards will be fighting for the first time since July 2019. On that occasion Edwards defeated Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision, but since then an unfortunate series of events have stopped him from fighting.
Leon Edwards fights Belal Muhammad in the main event of Saturday night’s Fight Night card from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Apparently Dana White felt that the most logical next fight for Leon Edwards was Colby Covington, with the winner being crowned the number 1 contender for the division’s Championship against Kamaru Usman. Leon Edwards instantly agreed to the fight, but Covington reportedly turned down the opportunity to fight the Englishman.
Leon Edwards on Covington
‘I kind of expected it,’ Edwards said about Covington whilst speaking to MMA Fighting. ‘This man’s been running since forever. Every time my name gets mentioned, he runs and makes excuses. I expect nothing more from a coward. I expect this is the way he would approach it.”
‘The UFC wanted the fight” Edwards continued. “They went to him, came to me and said ’˜would you fight Colby?’ I said yes. They went to him and he just says no. So I suspect that’s what he’s going to do. You cannot force a man to fight. It would have been great to have him in there, to put him in there to smash his head in but now here we are withÂ Belal Muhammad.’
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