The UFC will have its last big show of the year on December 16, when Leon Edwards and Colby Covington will square off for the Welterweight title. These two are the co-main with Alexandre Pantoja(26-5) and Brandon Royval (15-6) for the flyweight title. There are a total of 14 bouts on the card between the early prelims, prelims, and the main card. UFC 296 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Edwards (21-3,0, 1NC) will have his second title defense when he squares off against Covington. He won the title in August 2022 when he pulled off a stunning last-second upset of Kamaru Usman. He would defend that title earlier this year in a pretty dominating fashion. Now that Usman is out of the way, he can try to start his reign in the UFC Welterweight title. Edwards is 4-0-1 in his last five bouts, with a no-contest against Belal Muhammed in there. He pulled off a nice win over Nate Diaz before getting his title opportunity.
Covington( 17-3) is 3-2 in his last five bouts, with two of those losses at the hands of Usman in welterweight title bouts. Before his first loss against Usman, he had ripped off seven straight wins to earn his title opportunity. The last time we saw him, he defeated Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision. This will be his first time in the octagon this year, so there could be some rust to knock off against Edwards, who is looking to make a nice run as the champion.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Edwards vs. Covington at UFC 296 on December 16th.
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