UFC 296 has officially been announced for December 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada. With that announcement, it was revealed that Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards will defend his title against Colby Covington in the main event of the evening.
UFC 296: Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington
Leon Edwards has not lost a fight in eight years. The veteran finally got his shot back in August of 2022. Just when it seemed like Osman had the fight won and was on track to retain his title, Leon Edwards had his “Rocky Moment” and landed the perfect head kick in round five that knocked out Kamaru, and crowned Leon the new champion. In the rematch, at UFC 286 back in March, Leon Edwards had the perfect gameplay and beat Usman again via Unanimous Decision. After making it clear his first win wasn’t a fluke, Leon could move on to the next challenger and that is Colby Covington.
Colby Covington is a former UFC Welterweight Champion who we haven’t seen since March of 2022 when he defeated Jorge Masvidal via decision. Colby isn’t the most active fighter, having roughly one fight a year for the past few years, but, he is coming off a win and is number two in the rankings behind Kamaru Osman, who Leon already beat. Naturally, it makes sense for the next guy up to challenge for the title and that’s what we will have on the last Pay-Per-View of the year when Leon Edwards and Colby Covington go to war over the UFC Welterweight Championship.
From: Brady Alexander