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Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 23:12 IST

How can Colby Covington climb the ladder again after woeful loss against Leon Edwards at UFC 296?

After getting beaten again at the title bout, Colby Covington is ostensibly out of the title race. Thus, let's spare a thought and gauge how can he comeback.

Colby Covington
Colby Covington | Image:AP
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In the lead-up to the UFC 296 PPV, Leon Edwards had built a lot of hype through his trash-talking ability but sadly he fell short again at the title fight. Ahead of their contest, the reigning champion Leon Edwards had stated that he does not see Covington fighting the younger fighters of the Welterweight division and the UFC 296 fight could turn out to be his last.

3 things you need to know

  • Colby Covington lost the title bout to Leon Edwards at UFC 296
  • Leon Edwards won via. unanimous decision
  • Edwards became the champion after beating Kamaru Usman

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Colby Covington misses the golden chance again

While Leon Edwards was able to tame the "Chaos" at UFC 296, Colby has made it known that he isn't going anywhere just now. At the post-event presser, he called out Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, thus the intentions are there to get back in the Octagon again.

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To gauge more about the subject, republicworld.com caught up with Arjun Chipalkatti, who has been a panelist for Sony Sports and a verbose UFC expert for over a decade. Arjun addressed what Leon had said about Colby and expressed that since he is still ranked as the second-best fighter in the Welterweight division then why would he risk going against a lesser-ranked opponent.

(Note: The following statement was recorded before UFC 296)

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He's been around for a long time but you have to understand that right now in the Welterweight Kumaru is still Number 1 and Covington is number 2. It doesn't make sense for him to fight a potential new contender. So, what Leon Edwards is saying is actually just trying to irritate him. He is number 2 in the division why would you risk fighting somebody who is number 7 in the division? I always say Colby is just one or two fights away from a title."

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What's next for Colby Covington?

The loss against Leon Edwards is Colby's third title fight loss after incurring the first two against former champion Kamaru Usman. The loss has seemingly come as a setback, as now he would again have to climb the ladder. At 35, Covington is still a prominent name in the promotion, but to come back in the mix he might have to showcase more activity and have to come up with a big win.

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*Sony Sports Network is the official partner of UFC in India.

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 23:12 IST

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