Colby Covington Reacts To Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad No Contest Finish
Colby Covington has reacted to the No Contest finish between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad.
This past Saturday night, March 13, UFC Vegas 21 took place inside the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, Edwards and Muhammad shared the Octagon. This was Edwards’ first fight since July 2019 and he was hoping to receive a UFC Welterweight Title shot if he had beaten Muhammad.
The bout ended prematurely due to an accidental eye poke. Edwards accidentally got his finger in the eye of Muhammad. Since Muhammad couldn’t continue, the fight was waved off. The official ruling is a No Contest.
Never one to mince words, Covington appeared on Submission Radio and gave his take on the ending (via MMAFighting.com).
“He still hasn’t fought in two years. He has a no-contest which, by the way, that should have been a disqualification. He did poke the guy in the face in the first round and backstage I know that Herb Dean gave him the warning, ‘Hey, don’t poke anyone in the eyes,’ because that’s the instruction they give every time before you go out there and fight. He should have been disqualified. I don’t know how that was a no-contest. That being said, he still hasn’t fought in two years. How is he still in the rankings?”
Taking a look at the official UFC welterweight rankings, Covington holds the number one spot. Edwards is in the third position. Both Covington and Edwards have lost to the current 170-pound titleholder Kamaru Usman. Edwards’ defeat was back in 2015, while Covington was stopped by Usman via TKO at the end of 2019.