Welterweight champion Leon Edwards will fight Colby Covington (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at UFC 296 on Dec. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A really great fight awaits us because both fighters have a very attractive style and a large fan base.
These are matches that attract attention for a long time before the fight takes place. Daniel Cormier commented on this fight that we are waiting for and stated that the current champion Edwards should not relax against Covington because Covington is a very good wrestler.
He added that it will be difficult for both fighters and that he has never been in a situation where he could not give any fighter an advantage. “Leon Edwards’ improvements have been so drastic and so vast that it’s hard to imagine a time where he couldn’t have wrestled or he would get taken down over and over again,” Cormier said on his YouTube channel.
“His jump between that first Usman fight to the second fight was really, really impressive. But then my question becomes this, guys: It’s one thing to fight a wrestler. It’s another thing to fight a wrestler like Colby Covington”.
Daniel Cormier had a lot of praise for Colby Covington
Cormier praised Covington's style and wrestling, he is aware that Colby is not liked by many because of his behavior, but regardless, they have to admit that he is currently one of the best fighters in his category.
“Colby Covington, love him or hate him, you have to respect that he is a tremendous competitor,” Cormier said. “He is one of the hardest working guys you’ll ever meet, and if he’s not one of the hardest working guys that you’ve ever met, you know some really hard working people because for Covington to have the career that he has had, it really is amazing.
“He’s not the fastest, he’s not the strongest, he’s not the biggest. But we’re talking about a guy that became a multiple time NCAA All-American. We’re talking about a guy that fought for the UFC championship two times and is now fighting for it for a third time.
We’re talking about a guy that was an interim champion”. as quoted by MMAJunkie.