Strike Colby Covington off the list of potential opponents for Leon Edwards at UFC Vegas 21.
Covington was reportedly shortlisted as a potential replacement for Khamzat Chimaev following ‘Borz’s’ withdrawal from the UFC Fight Night 187 main event where he was scheduled to meet ‘Rocky’, but ‘Chaos’ isn’t interested in doing charity work.
“Leon Scott hasn’t earned anything, boys. I’m in the Colby Covington Incorporated championship business, I’m not in the Leon Scott charity business,” Covington told Submission Radio in a recent interview, essentially ruling out a short notice bout with Edwards (h/t Jordan Ellis of Low Kick MMA).
“I’m fighting at the top of the mountain, I’m fighting the best in the world. Did Marty Fakenewsman get a call from the president after his last fight? Oh geez, I wonder why? Because he sucks, he’s irrelevant. So, I’ve done things no one has ever done in this sport.”
“I’m not doing charity busines no more. It’s not my fault this kid hasn’t fought in two years. It’s not my fault this kid – there’s people from England fighting all the time in the pandemic, they’re not scared to fight. So, I’m not doing charity for this guy who hasn’t fought in two years. He’s irrelevant, he’s beat a bunch of bums, and I’m not doing charity. This isn’t charity hour, this is fucken championship fucken pay-per-view hour.”
Covington instead has his sights set on a championship rematch with Kamaru Usman and claims Jorge Masvidal is trying to steal his thunder.
“Let’s talk about real business, let’s not talk about charity business no more,” he said. “I deserve and I earned a fight for the world title. I just destroyed the former champion, finished him like nobody’s finished him before in the UFC,” Covington said. “I came back and won a fight, what has Jorge Masvidal done besides sit on the sidelines and fake fucken pull out of fights? He’s scared to fight. He knows he’s washed up, he’s a journeyman. He’s looking for one more pay day. No one wants to see that guy fight for the title, they know what’s gonna happen. It’s gonna be the same exact outcome. And why reward a coward like that? A guy that’s blatantly scared to fight?”
Covington lost to Usman via fifth-round TKO in December 2019 but bounced back with a stoppage win of his own against Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11. The 32-year-old wrestling standout is currently #1 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
UFC VEGAS 21, which is currently without a main event, is scheduled to take place on March 13 at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.