The UFC is “working to secure” a July date in London for Leon Edwards’ next welterweight title defense against Colby Covington.According to Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, Combat Sports UK has reported that the UFC intends to return to London for the pay-per-view on July 22.Edwards (21-3) hasn’t lost a fight since losing to Usman by unanimous decision in 2015.The 31-year-old battled his way to the title and earned the biggest victory of his career at UFC 278 last August when he defeated Usman to claim the welterweight championship.Edwards proved he was the real deal by winning their second rematch, and now he would be in line to face one of the most polarizing stars in the UFC.In many ways, Covington is the exact opposite of Edwards as he is loud, opinionated, arrogant and boisterous while Edwards usually lets his fights speak for themselves.However, there is no doubt that Covington generally backs up his claims as he is 17-3 and previously held the UFC interim welterweight title.Covington has wins over Demian Maia, Rafael dos Anjos, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley and most recently Jorge Masvidal, whom he defeated at UFC 272 last March.Although he lost a few title fights to Usman, Covington is still among the best potential opponents Edwards could face.Edwards was loved by his home fans at London’s O2 Arena during UFC 286 and no doubt the crowd will be in their corner against the American.
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