American fighter Colby Covington is preparing to take on Leon Edwards for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 296 on Dec. 16.
Colby Covington is 17-3 in his mixed martial arts career.
He went 5-0 before signing with the UFC in the summer of 2014. He won his first three UFC fights – two by submission and one by decision – before losing via submission.
Covington won his next five fights after his first loss to set up an Interim UFC Welterweight Championship match on June 9, 2018 against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225. Covington won by unanimous decision.
He would have fought Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley in a unification match at UFC 228, but recent nasal surgery caused Covington to miss that fight. He was later stripped of the interim title with Woodley back in action.
Covington won his next match following that disappointment. He beat Robbie Lawler in a unanimous decision, setting the record for most strikes thrown in a match is 541.
He fought Kamaru Usman for the Welterweight Championship at UFC 245, losing by technical knockout in the fifth round after suffering a broken jaw in the third round.
His last fight was a win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272.
Covington’s next fight will be the headlining bout at UFC 296, where he will face Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards for the belt. Covington is the +100 underdog in that matchup.
Covington beat Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 on March 5, 2022. Covington won via unanimous decision and earned the Fight of the Night award.
Covington was born on February 22, 1988, in Clovis, California. He is 35 years old.
Covington is 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. He has a 72-inch reach. He has fought in the Welterweight division for his entire UFC career.
Covington’s net worth is estimated to be between $2.5 and $6 million.