“He deserves the fight”: Dana White confirms Colby Covington’s title shot regardless of outcome between Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns following UFC 286
Dana White, the President of UFC, has commented on the outcome of ‘Edwards vs. Usman 3.’ He also announced that Colby Covington will be receiving the next title shot. The fight between Leon Edwards (21-3 MMA) and Kamaru Usman (20-3 MMA) took place tonight in London, with the welterweight championship on the line.
Dana White says Colby Covington will fight for the title next "no matter what" happens between Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns 🏆 #UFC286 pic.twitter.com/Bd1MouGDOh
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Leon came into the fight with a remarkable ten-fight winning streak, including a memorable knockout of the former champion back in UFC 278. Interestingly, his last defeat dates back to December 2015 when he was outpointed by ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ at ‘UFC on Fox 17’.
On the other hand, Kamaru Usman (20-3 MMA) stepped into the Octagon with the aim of bouncing back from his title loss to Leon Edwards in August. The loss was only his second in his career and the first since 2013.
Dana White is speaking to media after UFC 286.
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In a highly competitive five-round battle, Leon Edwards emerged victorious in the main event of UFC 286 tonight. Securing a majority decision (48-46 x2, 47-47). The fight was extremely close, and even Dana White had difficulty scoring it.
Dana White praises Colby Covington as a phenomenal fighter
“I don’t know when we’ll do it. But that’s the fight that makes sense,” White said at a post-fight news conference at The O2 Arena. “Colby came here and cut weight and did everything to be here for this fight. He deserves the fight, not to mention he’s the second or third-best guy in the world.”
With confirmation from UFC’s chief business officer Hunter Campbell. White disclosed that the promotion is in the process of arranging a fight between welterweight contenders Belal Muhammad and Shavkat Rakhmonov.
Colby Covington (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC), who last defeated Jorge Masvidal in March 2022. He was announced as a championship backup fighter for UFC 286 and made weight. Apart from two losses to Usman, Covington has been undefeated since 2015.
Following his win on Saturday, Leon Edwards (21-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) has now been unbeaten in his last 12 fights. The streak dates all the way back to his first fight against Usman. Among his notable victories during this run are Nate Diaz, Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson, and Donald Cerrone.
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