DANA WHITE has named Colby Covington as the following man in line for Leon Edwards’ welterweight title.
Britain’s Edwards defended the strap in a right away rematch in opposition to Kamaru Usman, six months after his head kick knockout.
Leon Edwards beat Kamaru Usman to defend the titleCredit: Getty
Colby Covington is seen in attendance throughout UFC 286Credit: Getty
He emerged as a factors victor on the O2 Area in entrance of Covington, who weighed in because the back-up opponent.
And UFC president White revealed the American bad-boy will combat for Edwards’ title subsequent.
He stated: “That is the combat that is smart, Colby came visiting right here, minimize weight and did every thing to be right here for this combat.
“He deserves the combat. To not point out that he is the second or third finest man on the earth.”
Covington, 35, has not fought since March 2022 when he defeated friend-turned bitter rival Jorge Masvidal, 37, on factors.
It was Masvidal was infamously attacked Edwards, 30, backstage at UFC London in 2019, fuelling a feud between the pair.
The ex-title challenger returns in opposition to Gilbert Burns, 36, subsequent month as Edwards has his eyes on settling an outdated rating.
He stated: “I do not understand how Colby is smart. He hasn’t fought for greater than a yr and half.
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“There are different energetic guys within the division. I am the king now, I’ve earned my manner and may resolve who’s subsequent.
“Pay-per-view smart if Jorge Masvidal beats Gilbert Burns, that is the combat to make.
“I needed to combat 12 occasions for a title shot and he stated he did not know who I used to be.
“I am the king, I am going to resolve who’s subsequent. Masvidal, I do not like him so that is the one I need. I believe it will be a simple combat for me, he is a weirdo.”
Jorge Masvidal continues to be linked with preventing Leon EdwardsCredit: Getty