Although it wasn’t the high-paced fight many expected, Leon Edwards took care of business without much resistance in an emotional fight against Colby Covington.
The UFC 296 main fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, was a chance for Edwards (22-3 MMA and 14-2 UFC), Covington (17-4 MMA and 12-4 UFC), to settle their differences in the cage. Edwards retained the welterweight championship after 25 minutes with unanimous scores of 48-46.
As the first round unfolded, Covington’s chants reverberated throughout the stadium. Edwards’ first big punch of the fight was a hard left handed strike that Edwards delivered midway through round. A minute later, Covington’s first takedown attempt was easily stuffed.
Both fighters started to strike in the first minute. Edwards’ left was cleanly landed, but things slowed again when Covington circled around the outside. Edwards began kicking his legs as he moved forward. Covington’s offerings seemed to serve only to create distance, as he did not put meaningful combinations together.
Covington went for the takedown in Round 3 to begin, but slipped…