MMAMMA’er Leon Edwards (32) successfully defended his welterweight title for the second time at UFC 296 in Las Vegas. Donald Trump saw that Colby Covington (35 years old), his favorite cage fighter, was completely superior to the Englishman. And so Covington was offered the bill in exchange for the very low-key comment he made in the pre-camp press conference.
look. Covington to Edwards: “I’m taking you to the seventh layer of hell on Saturday. We’re going to say goodbye to your father.”
Edwards and Covington sat next to each other behind a table during that news conference in front of their camp. As usual, some “trash talk” was thrown back and forth, but Covington went too far.
Covington, who was dressed in American colonial garb with a white wig and a “Make America Great Again” hat, wanted to attack Edwards with a comment about his father. He was shot dead in a nightclub when Edwards was 13 years old. “I’m taking you to the seventh level of hell,” Covington said. “We’ll say hello to your father over there.”
Edwards was shocked, threw a water bottle at his rival, and attempted to attack Covington. Security separated the fighters, but last night Edwards was given the chance to retaliate for the obscene remarks. And so he did.
“After the press conference, I cried so angry,” Edwards says in the video below. “You’re not allowed to use my father as entertainment. But he did. He was killed when I was 13 and I’m still broken to this day. And then when he’s told to burn in hell… Colby is a great fighter, but he’s disgusting as a human being.”
Covington is a supporter of former US President Trump and the love is mutual. Trump even sat on the edge of the cage last night, but he also saw that his protégé was no shadow of himself. Covington last fought nearly two years ago and was almost unrecognizable in the cage. Even his wrestling skills, which are usually his trademark, let him down.
Covington did not apologize for his comments after camp. He said he was “committed to his role” and that he did not feel guilty. “Why would he? His father was a criminal who ruined the lives of many. I don’t regret what I said at all.”
After that, the statistics said it all for the match, which Edwards won by jury decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46). Covington only landed 20 percent of all his punches and kicks, while Edwards defended 80 percent of his takedowns.
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