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UFC 296 Live Blog: Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington Fight Recap

UFC 296 Live Blog: Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington Fight Recap

UFC 296 Live Blog: Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington

It’s time for one of the most anticipated matchups in the welterweight division as Leon Edwards takes on Colby Covington at UFC 296. Keep up with all the action and highlights in our live blog below:

Round 1:

The fight begins with Edwards and Covington both looking focused and ready. Edwards starts off with some solid leg kicks, while Covington immediately closes the distance, pressuring Edwards against the cage. Edwards displays good footwork, circling away from Covington’s attacks. Both fighters exchange punches and clinch against the cage, but no significant strikes landed yet. Covington attempts a takedown but Edwards defends it well and breaks loose. Edwards now takes the center of the Octagon and starts landing some clean jabs. Covington, known for his relentless pace, keeps pushing forward, but Edwards successfully defends most of his attacks. The round ends with both fighters exchanging combinations.

Round 2:

The second round begins with Edwards showing his striking skills, landing crisp punches and kicks. Covington tries to disrupt Edwards’ rhythm with his pressure and constant forward movement, but Edwards remains composed. Edwards connects with a powerful right hand that momentarily stuns Covington. Sensing an advantage, Edwards presses forward and lands a flurry of strikes, forcing Covington to retreat. However, Covington quickly recovers and retaliates with his own combinations. The back-and-forth action continues, with Edwards showcasing his slick head movement and counters. Covington attempts a takedown, but Edwards sprawls and ends up on top momentarily. The round concludes with Edwards clearly ahead in striking accuracy.

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Round 3:

As the third round commences, Edwards looks confident while Covington appears determined to turn the tide. Covington pushes the pace, throwing a relentless barrage of punches. Edwards remains composed and picks his shots carefully, landing clean counters. Covington manages to close the distance and secure a takedown, transitioning to Edwards’ back. However, Edwards defends well and escapes the submission attempts. Both fighters stand back up, with Edwards immediately launching a series of precise strikes. Covington, undeterred, continues to pressure Edwards with his non-stop offense. The round ends with both fighters exchanging heavy shots and displaying incredible resilience.

Round 4:

Entering the championship rounds, Edwards and Covington are both aware of the importance of this round. Edwards starts strong, utilizing his boxing skills to connect with accurate combinations. Covington pushes forward, relentlessly attacking with his grappling and striking. Edwards successfully stuffs several takedown attempts and keeps the fight in the center of the Octagon. Covington’s pace starts to slow down, while Edwards remains sharp, evading strikes and countering effectively. The crowd erupts as Edwards lands a spectacular spinning back elbow that briefly wobbles Covington. Edwards capitalizes on the momentum and finishes the round with relentless pressure.

Round 5:

The final round begins with both fighters showing signs of fatigue but still fighting with determination. Edwards looks to maintain his lead, showcasing his crisp striking ability. Covington refuses to back down, pressing forward with everything he has left. Edwards demonstrates excellent takedown defense, frustrating Covington’s grappling attempts. The fight reaches its closing moments with both fighters trading heavy shots. The crowd cheers as the bout concludes, leaving it in the hands of the judges.

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After five hard-fought rounds, the judges make their decision: Leon Edwards wins the bout via unanimous decision. Edwards’ technical striking and ability to defend Covington’s relentless attacks earn him the well-deserved victory.

The welterweight clash between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington lived up to the hype, providing fans with an incredible display of skill and resilience. Edwards’ superior striking, defensive prowess, and composure inside the Octagon proved to be the key factors in his victory over a tough opponent like Covington. This win solidifies Edwards’ position as one of the top contenders in the welterweight division and sets the stage for even greater challenges in the future.