UFC 296: Teddy Atlas Commends Leon Edwards’ Skills Ahead Of His Fight With Colby Covington

Teddy Atlas praised Leon Edwards ahead of his UFC 296 fight against Colby Covington on December 16th, 2023.

Edwards makes the second defense of his welterweight title following back-to-back wins over Kamaru Usman. The champion has not lost in eight years since his defeat to Usman in 2015. Covington has the chance to grab the title after previously falling short twice against the former champion Usman. “Chaos” was stopped in the final round of their first meeting at UFC 245 and lost on the scorecards in their rematch at UFC 268 via a unanimous decision. Looking ahead to the fight, Atlas noticed a considerable improvement in Edwards’ game since those fights with Usman.

“He got 30 percent better when he won that title [against Kamaru Usman]. He has got everything going for him. He’s got the skills. He’s got the technique, and he has got the belief of a champion going for him right now,” Atlas

Colby is not one to turn down fights, but rather, he has struggled to get opponents. Edwards enters his second title defense as the slight favorite, with Covington’s recent inactivity a potential factor. Covington’s last win was against the now-retired Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272. While his four opponents prior to Masvidal were current or former UFC champions, Covington hasn’t secured consecutive wins in four years. At 35, Covington has another world title shot, which could go his way if he negates Edwards’ strengths.

“Covington does three things – he comes in, he comes in, and he comes in more. And he does more than that. Of course, he’s very talented on the mat, too, but he is such a proud, tough warrior that sometimes, he’ll forego going onto the mat where he can show his great wrestling skills. He’ll forego that just to strike with you to win that way,” Atlas

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