In the upcoming month, Michael Chandler has predicted that Colby Covington will emerge victorious over Leon Edwards.
A headliner bout between Edwards and Covington is scheduled to take place at UFC 296 on December 17 in Las Vegas. In addition to attempting to successfully defend his welterweight belt for the second time, “Rocky” is interested in extending his current unbeaten streak to thirteen.
It is the first time that ‘Chaos’ has competed since his victory against Jorge Masvidal in March of 2022. This fight coincides with his comeback to action.
Fans and competitors alike have been making their predictions for the fight in the days leading up to it, with the majority of them indicating that Edwards will be able to keep his title. Both the takedown defense that the champion shown against Kamaru Usman and the significant amount of time that Covington has spent away from the octagon are expected to have a role in the outcome of the fight, according to the consensus among the several hypotheses.
Michael Chandler, on the other hand, has rejected the conventional wisdom. Instead, ‘Iron’ is of the opinion that Covington has a greater number of “tools” in his locker than Edwards does, and he has prophesied that ‘Chaos’ would be the one to trigger the upset.
During an interview with BodySlam.net, the lightweight champion stated:
In my opinion, Colby Covington is the best candidate. In my opinion, he possesses a greater number of tools, and I believe that he also possesses a greater number of approaches to triumph. I do not feel that Leon will be able to stop the takedowns, and I also do not believe that he will be able to keep up with the pace that Colby is setting. In addition, I do not believe that Leon will receive the fortunate head kick that he received against Kamaru.
Alexandre Pantoja shares thoughts on competing on same card as ex-ATT teammate Colby Covington
Alexandre Pantoja, the current champion of the flyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has disclosed that Colby Covington is still considered to be an adversary to both himself and everyone involved with American Top Team (ATT).
As a result of the welterweight star’s involvement in many altercations with a number of other fighters at the gym in the year 2020, “Chaos” had a public dispute with the American Top Team (ATT). The team ultimately decided to expel him from the group.
Pantoja, during his appearance on the Trocação Franca podcast earlier this week, disclosed the current opinions that he and ATT have over Colby Covington. It was him who said:
Everyone there is intent on putting an end to him. Brother, I couldn’t care less. That is the way I go. I am aware that everything he shares is nothing but marketing. My coworker Gabriel de Oliveira, who is the coach of the American Top Team boxing team, is someone I have a great deal of regard for, and Gabriel claims that he has always appreciated me. In my opinion, you will receive points if you treat someone that I like well.
He went on to say:
In spite of the fact that I have a great deal of respect for him as an athlete, I feel a stronger connection to Leon Edwards because of his life story and everything that he has accomplished. In the event that I were to meet Leon Edwards, I would make it a point to shake his hand, wish him a successful battle, and let him know that I am a huge fan of his work. With regard to that jackass, I won’t say anything at this time. He should be left alone. [with thanks to Mixed Martial Arts Fighting]