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UFC fans call bluff on Colby Covington jumping in joy as Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman winner is announced

Colby Covington (left) Leon Edwards (right) [Image courtesy @espnmma on Twitter, @ufc on Instagram]
Colby Covington (left) Leon Edwards (right) [Image courtesy @espnmma on Twitter, @ufc on Instagram]

It looks like Colby Covington was overjoyed to see Leon Edwards retain the welterweight title against Kamaru Usman. Footage posted by an MMA fan on Twitter shows 'Chaos' jumping for joy as 'Rocky' is announced as the winner of the UFC 286 main event.

However, fight fans seem convinced that Covington's joy doesn't come from him being a fan of Edwards, but rather from the opportunity of a possible title shot the result presents him with.

'Chaos' already has two losses against Usman in title fights. If Usman had won in London, it would've effectively removed him from the championship picture. But since Edwards won, Covington is right back in the welterweight title contention picture.

Take a look at some of the hilarious fan reactions the Colby Covington video has produced.

Twitter user @MMAFayce says that Covington is happy because the result effectively earns him a title shot:

"Nah heโ€™s happy he can be gifted a title shot."
@TheArtOfWar6 Nah heโ€™s happy he can be gifted a titleshot

User @therainvvs responded by posting a meme about the situation.

@TheArtOfWar6 So basically๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ https://t.co/sEFiNpwXd4

Another netizen, @ChrisAg0914, suggested that 'Chaos' is overjoyed by the result because he doesn't want to lose to 'The Nigerian Nightmare' a third time.

@TheArtOfWar6 He doesnโ€™t want to lose to Usman a 3rd time. Living vicariously through Leon like his fanboys.

Twitter user @neverbeenequal pointed out the hilarity of the situation, stating:

"He [Colby Covington] getting all hyped like Leon didnโ€™t just piece up the dude who broke his face and beat him twice."
@TheArtOfWar6 He getting all hyped like Leon didnโ€™t just piece up the dude who broke his face and beat him twice ๐Ÿ’€

Another user stated that Covington is happy because the result turned around 'Chaos' fortunes by making him eligible for an immediate title shot rather than having to face a top contender like Shavkat Rakhmonov in his next fight.

@TheArtOfWar6 I mean he literally went from probably having to fight Shavkat to getting a title shot because of that decision. Bro giddy af

Check out a few more responses below:

@TheArtOfWar6 Itโ€™s more like heโ€™s an usman hater๐Ÿ’€
@TheArtOfWar6 In that moment right there he won the WW belt Art
@TheArtOfWar6 more like he knew title fight was his if Leon won
@TheArtOfWar6 He thinks this is his opportunity to win a world title unfortunately he'll just be 0-3 in title fights
@TheArtOfWar6 he knows he can beat leon but not kamaru as he already tried twice

Dana White confirms Colby Covington is next in line for the title shot

It looks like fight fans were on to something when they predicted Colby Covington might get an immediate title shot as a result of Leon Edwards' win over former pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman.

Surprisingly, during the post-fight press conference for the March 18 fight card, UFC president Dana White confirmed that 'Chaos' is next in line for a title shot against 'Rocky'. The 53-year-old elaborated saying:

"I don't know when we'll do it, but yeah, that's the fight that makes sense and Colby came here and cut weight and did everything to be here for this fight, he deserves the fight [title shot]. Not to mention the fact he is the second or third-best guy in the world. Yeah [it's Edwards vs. Covington next]."

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