Following UFC 286, Dana White Confirms Covington Title Shot, Muhammad-Rakhmonov In the Works

LONDON, United Kingdom – The dust settles on the trilogy between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman as ‘Rocky’ emerges for his second straight match , it’s time for the welterweight to move on.

It’s just that sometimes you obviously move forward by going backwards. That appears to be the case at 170 pounds, with UFC president Dana White confirming a familiar name for the next title: Colby Covington.

Speaking to media including Cageside Press backstage at the O2 Arena in London, White revealed that Covington, who was a substitute for Saturday’s main event, will fight Edward at a future date, which has yet to be confirmed.

“Chaos” hasn’t been done since its victory over Jorge Masvidal in March 2022.

Asked about the prospect of booking a fight for International Fight Week, “I don’t know when we’re going to do it, but it’s a fight that makes sense,” White said. “And Colby came here and took the weight off and came here with all his might for this fight. He deserved this fight. Not to mention, he’s the second or third best guy in the world.”

“Yes,” White reiterated when asked to confirm that Covington will next face Edwards for the title.

Jorge Masvidal, who has had a relationship with Edwards (remember the “three-piece suit and a soda”?), next month against Gilbert Burns in Miami, the situation is also like this. “Colby. Colby gets the next shot. Whatever happens.”

Dana also declined when asked Tweets by Islam Makhachev Look for Edwards in Abu Dhabi. “Next is Colby.”

White also pointed out that a Belal Muhammad-Shavkat Rakhmonov bout is underway — “we’re working on it,” he said — a news that won’t please Belal’s fanbase, as the boxer holds titles in weight classes outside of Edwards’ best record at the moment. Many thought he deserved the next title, but it looked like he was at least one win away.

Watch the full post-fight UFC 286 press conference with UFC President Dana White above.

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