Streaking Leon Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) will take on fan favorite Nate Diaz in a five-round bout at UFC 263, where the pair expect to become the No.1 contenders for a shot against champion Kamaru Usman.
But Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), who has been declared the next title challenger by UFC president Dana White, believes their clash doesn’t matter to the division. Despite Edwards’ impressive nine-fight unbeaten streak, Covington believes that even with a win over Diaz (20-12 MMA, 15-10 UFC), he hasn’t faced any legitimate contenders.
“It makes sense that” Edward Scissorhands “Leon Edwards would want to fight Nate Diaz, another loser and an unranked guy – another guy he beat who has nothing,” Covington recently told MMA Junkie. “He’s not a top-three or top-five fighter, and that’s what ‘Edward with the Silver Hands’ likes to do.
“He likes to pick those easy fights with these guys that aren’t even relevant to the division and I hope he gets some hype out of it because nobody cares about him. The guy is literally worthless. He’s a mumbles and fumbles idiot, and it makes sense for him to fight Nate Diaz because they both have marbles in their mouths when they talk all the time.
Ever since giving Usman his toughest test yet in a back-and-forth war at UFC 245, Covington has been determined to secure a rematch. He reiterated that he believes his fight with Usman was stopped too soon and vows to be the one to take out the dominant champion.
Covington has not competed since the stopping of former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in September 2020, but is hopeful he ends up fighting with Usman again in the final quarter of 2021.