Colby Covington has dismissed any notion that he should repent his statements regarding Leon Edwards’ late father in the wake of his UFC 296 defeat.
‘Chaos’ challenged Edwards for the welterweight title in the main event of this weekend’s pay-per-view card in what was a much-anticipated clash.
According to UFC CEO Dana White’s post-fight media scrum, the heated pre-UFC 296 press conference witnessed a global rise in PPV sales of 25%. Covington, who is considered as one of the biggest trash-talkers in the business, exploited the passing of Edwards’ father as a parting swipe at the event, almost provoking a confrontation onstage.
Following Colby Covington’s defeat at UFC 296, he appeared in front of the media where he was questioned if he regretted his statements regarding Leon Edwards’ father. ‘Chaos’ did not hesitate to double down on his prior assertion and said:
“Not at all. Why would I have sympathy for a s*x trafficker. Someone who’s impacted and hurt a lot of people’s lives. The truth always stings the worst in the world. So,no, I don’t feel awful about that at all.””Let’s talk about all the victims that he left behind that are enduring all the pain and the anguish that he put these people’s lives through. I don’t feel bad at all. Why would I feel guilty for a criminal?” he added.
Dana White left unimpressed by Colby Covington’s performance against Leon Edwards
The performance that Colby Covington gave against Leon Edwards was not typical of him. In comparison to his prior fights, the title challenger was much less aggressive at UFC 296, which was a significant departure from his usual style.
‘Chaos’ has been using his excellent cardiovascular system as a weapon for years, but the American’s performance against ‘Rocky’, who dominated the battle for practically the entire twenty-five minutes, appeared to be hesitant.
Due to the fact that Edwards’ most recent fight was almost two years ago, Covington primarily attributed his lackluster performance to ring rust. However, Edwards was awarded a victory by unanimous decision due to his superior performance.
Dana White, the CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, made an appearance in front of the media after the event, during which he discussed his thoughts on Colby Covington’s performance. It was he who said:
The way I see it, when you’re 35 years old or any other age in this sport, and you’re like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to wait,’ you’re saying something like that. On no occasion is it a good idea to wait. Nobody is going to be able to wait for this sport.My impression is that he appeared to be slow tonight, and he was defeated. Leon appeared to be in good shape and in a hurry. He went on to say that it appeared as though [Colby] was having difficulty dealing with his speed, and that he was also being outwrestled.