Leon Edwards Questions UFC For Not Speaking Out Against Colby Covington’s “Racist” Comments
By FCF Staff
Following comments from Colby Covington, in which he disparaged Kamaru Usman’s background and the Black Lives Matter movement, Leon Edwards is blasting the UFC and ESPN for not speaking out.
Covington faced Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC Vegas 11 this past weekend, and proceeded to record a stoppage win (due to injury). During a post-fight interview with the Nigerian born Usman, Covington asked whether the champion’s “tribe” had sent him “smoke signals”.
While speaking at the post-fight press conference, Covington also called the Black Lives Movement a “sham”, and claimed the movement includes terrorists.
Since then, Edwards had this to say about the situation, while speaking to MMA Fighting.
“That’s what got me – the UFC has said nothing about it,” Edwards said. “ESPN has said nothing about it. Letting it flow like it’s a normal thing to f**king say and do and it’s not. Your tribe and smoke signals and blah, blah, blah, and he’s calling Woodley a terrorist because of Black Lives Matter. All these statements he’s making is racist. There’s no other way to go around it.”
“If it was the other way around, if a Black athlete was saying to a white athlete in that regards, people would report it straight away,” Edwards continued. “I find it very weird that no one is stepping up and no one is saying anything. UFC isn’t saying anything about it. ESPN is allowing it to carry on. I understand he’s creating a character, but race that’s not a character. That’s just hate, and he’s spreading hate. I never liked the guy and after that – I 100 percent don’t like the guy.”
As this post is being written, neither the UFC or ESPN have released an official statement, regarding Covington’s comments.