Leon Edwards defeated Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 (Zuffa LLC)

As UFC 296 draws near, the tension between welterweight champion Leon Edwards and challenger Colby Covington is palpable.

Set to defend his title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Leon Edwards has made his feelings clear about Colby Covington‘s well-known theatrics, dismissing them as nothing more than “clownish” behavior in the lead-up to UFC 296.

Edwards, who boasts an impressive 21-win record, has been preparing for what many consider the biggest fight of his career. However, the British fighter seems unfazed by Covington’s attempts to get under his skin.

“He’s a clown and just treat him as such,” Edwards stated, reflecting his attitude towards Covington’s pro-wrestling style antics.

The champion’s focus remains steadfast on the fight itself, rather than the pre-fight drama. “I don’t think it feels bigger than the first title fight,” Edwards remarked, indicating his confidence and composure heading into this high-stakes matchup.

Covington, known for his controversial and often provocative comments, has been vocal in the lead-up to the fight, but Edwards has chosen to see the humorous side. “It’s funny, the guy is a clown, and it’s easy to just dismiss it and laugh at it,” he said, highlighting his ability to separate Covington’s personality from his fighting skills.

Despite Covington’s claims and insults, Edwards remains focused on the task at hand. “He’s not as good as everyone thinks,” Edwards assessed, confident in his strategy and preparation for the fight. This statement sets the tone for a battle where skills and strategy will overshadow any pre-fight banter.

Edwards’ approach to the fight is clear: treat Covington’s antics as mere distractions and focus on defending his title. As the reigning champion, Edwards is not just fighting to retain his belt but also to cement his legacy in the welterweight division.

With UFC 296 just around the corner, fans are eagerly anticipating not only a clash of fists and technique but also a showdown between two vastly different personalities. Edwards’ dismissal of Covington’s behavior as “clownish” adds an intriguing layer to this already captivating title fight.

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