Colby Covington vs. Leon Edwards Possible Following Khamzat Chimaev Illness

Colby Covington and Leon Edwards may be in for a scrap soon.

Edwards was expected to meet Khamzat Chimaev on March 13. That plan blew up in smoke as Chimaev still hasn’t fully recovered from COVID-19. White had said the UFC was already working on the next opponent for Edwards.

In an update with media members, White revealed that he feels the fight to make is Covington vs. Edwards (via

“I think what we do now with what happened to Khamzat, we’re looking at Colby vs. Leon. The winner of that fight would fight Usman [or Burns] next.

“In this world we’re living in now, things change every minute,” White added when asked if this meant a matchup between Covington and Jorge Masvidal was out of the question. “Khamzat, fought three times in three weeks and now we can’t get the guy a fight in three months. So you’ve got to just kind of roll with it.”

As White mentioned, he’s looking to make Covington vs. Edwards a number one contender fight if it comes to fruition. UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman will put his title on the line against Gilbert Burns this Saturday night, February 13. The title fight will serve as UFC 258’s headliner.

Edwards hasn’t been seen in action since July 2019. He’s had several planned bouts fall through due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As for Covington, he last competed back in September 2020, stopping former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley via fifth-round TKO.

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