Edwards called Covington a "clown" and then promised: I will destroy him

Both fighters will certainly have a very difficult match ahead of them, and we will find out who will better impose their style in a little more than a week

by Sededin Dedovic
Edwards called Covington a "clown" and then promised: I will destroy him
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UFC 296 is just a week away. The event promises an action-packed card, culminating in the highly anticipated light heavyweight title showdown between reigning champion Leon Edwards and his challenger, the controversial yet powerful Colby Covington.

Covington returns to the Octagon after a nearly two-year hiatus, fueled by a hunger for a title that has eluded him three times before. His journey to the belt culminates at UFC 296, where he faces a champion determined to prove that being the champion isn't just a fluke.

Regardless of Colby's confident statements, he himself is aware that this will be a real challenge for him.

Champion called Colby a clown

Edwards, aware of the opportunities presented to Covington, remains undaunted. He promises to defend his title with the same ferocity he showed when he claimed it, labeling Covington a "clown" and promising to put on a shocking performance.

"This is his fourth attempt to win the title. I hope he knows this is his last. Considering everything is on the line, I think we both have a lot to prove. I am one hundred percent focused on making Colby the best I can be. It'll be almost two years since he's had a fight,'' Edwards told UFC Europe and continued: "I think that guy is just a clown.

They will be in total shock about what will happen that evening. I'm focused on getting out there, destroying it, getting my belt and continuing my journey. He's just another guy standing in my way,'' added the champion. A tough battle awaits both fighters.

The question that hangs heavy in the air is whether Covington's extended absence will affect his performance as he has been out of action for a long time. The answer will be revealed in a few days in the battle we are all eagerly awaiting.

Maybe Covington sometimes exaggerates his statements, but one thing is certain, it will be very difficult for Edwards to defend his championship belt.