Edwards didn’t have long to enjoy his second victory over
Usman before his next assignment became apparent.
Dana White announced during the UFC 286
post-fight press conference that Colby
Covington will receive the next welterweight title shot.
Covington was in London to weigh-in as a back-up fighter for the
main event and was very animated from his cageside seat in the
aftermath of Edwards’ majority decision victory over Usman.
“I don’t know when we’ll do it but that’s the fight that makes
sense and Colby came here and cut weight and did everything to be
here for this fight,” White said. “He deserves the fight. Not to
mention that he’s the second- or third-best guy in the world.”
Covington hasn’t competed since March 2022, when he defeated
Masvidal via unanimous decision in the UFC 272 headliner.
Covington, a former interim title holder, twice came up short in
title bouts against Usman. Edwards was less than thrilled to learn
that Covington had already been anointed as the No. 1
“I don’t know how that makes sense,” Edwards said. “He hasn’t
fought for over a year-and-a-half. Sat out. Not injured. I don’t
get how he just slides in for the world title shot when there’s
other guys in the division that have been active and fighting.
Didn’t sit out. I’m the king now. I’ve earned my way, so I feel
like I should decide who’s next.”
In his post-fight interview, Edwards expressed interest in the
Burns matchup, which is set for the co-main event of UFC 287.
Edwards has a history with Masvidal stemming from a backstage
altercation with “Gamebred” at a UFC London event in March 2019.
White, however, dismissed the possibility of that fight producing a
“Colby gets the next shot,” White said. “No matter what
Colby Covington to Get Next UFC Welterweight Title Shot