Michael Chandler shares his prediction for the Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington title fight at UFC 296: “I don’t think Leon’s gonna get the lucky head kick”

By Harry Kettle - December 15, 2023

UFC fighter Michael Chandler has given his prediction for the upcoming showdown between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington.

Leon Edwards and Colby Covington

Tomorrow night at UFC 296, Leon Edwards and Colby Covington will battle it out in the main event of the evening. They’ll do so with the UFC welterweight championship being up for grabs, with Edwards defending the gold he won from Kamaru Usman last year.

Regardless of which way you look at it, this is a fascinating contest. ‘Rocky’ has had quite the rise to prominence in the UFC and after beating Usman twice, he’ll have all the confidence in the world. Covington, meanwhile, has been out of action for quite some time, but his controversial persona and popularity has helped vault him into another title shot.

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Michael Chandler, who is waiting to compete in a pretty big fight himself, recently gave his thoughts on how this bout will go down.

Chandler’s Edwards/Covington prediction

“Colby, every single time he steps in there, he’s a force to be reckoned with,” Chandler said. “He’s a tough, tough guy. He’s durable. He’s got a motor like no other. Leon Edwards, I gotta be honest with you. I thought it was a fluke when he knocked out Kamaru Usman the first time. I thought he was gonna come back and get dominated by Kamaru.

“I think Leon has a newfound self-belief about himself, but if I had to be a betting man, which I’m not, I would lean towards Colby,” Chandler continued. “I think he has more tools, more ways to win. Leon’s not gonna be able to stop the takedowns, I believe. He’s not gonna be able to handle the pace of Colby. And I don’t think Leon’s gonna get the lucky head kick he got against Kamaru.”

Quotes via MMA News

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