Both Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz will be hoping victory at UFC 263 on Saturday night will earn them a crack at UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Former interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington begs to differ. “Chaos” has already been touted as Usman’s next challenger in a rematch by UFC president Dana White, and the Oregon native says an Edwards win in particular will do nothing for his title hopes.
“It makes sense that ‘Edward Scissorhands’ Leon Edwards wants to fight Nate Diaz, another loser and unranked guy – another guy that he’s beaten that has nothing,” Covington told MMA Junkie. “He’s not a top-three, top-five fighter, and that’s what ‘Edward Scissorhands’ likes to do.”
Edwards is unbeaten in his last nine UFC contests, but Covington believes none of those victories are over legitimate UFC welterweight contenders.
For what it’s worth, Edwards’ last victory came against former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos – the man who Covington defeated to lift interim gold at 170 pounds.
“He likes to pick these easy fights with these guys that aren’t even relevant to the division and hopefully he’s going to get a little hype from it because nobody cares about him,” Covington continued. “The guy is literally worthless. He’s a mumbling, fumbling idiot, and it makes sense that he’s going to fight Nate Diaz because they’ve both got marbles in their mouth when they talk all the time.”