sport news Tom Aspinall predicts Leon Edwards WILL retain his UFC welterweight title ... trends now
Edwards and Covington will share the octagon at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada on Saturday night in the main event of a highly-anticipated UFC 296 card.
It'll be Edwards' second-ever UFC title defence, after he stormed to a majority decision victory over Kamaru Usman at the O2 Arena in March.
While some have tipped 'Rocky' to have a difficult time against Covington - who's last appearance in the octagon was in March 2022 - Aspinall has backed his compatriot to get the job done in Nevada.
Speaking exclusively to Mail Sport, the UFC heavyweight champion said: 'I think he's [Edwards] got a massive chance of winning. I think he's definitely going to win.
Tom Aspinall has predicted that Leon Edwards (R) will 'outsmart' Colby Covington (L) when the two clash in UFC 296's main event on Saturday night
'I think that Leon is massively underappreciated, as a UK champion. The guy's absolutely incredibly so smart in the Octagon makes amazing decisions.
'I think he's gonna outsmart Colby Covington. Like he's way more slick. He's just like a smooth, slick operator.
'I'm a big fan of Leon, his style and his approach to the game and everything. And yeah, he's just going to outsmart Colby.
'Colby is a great fighter in his own right, but I believe that Leon is way smarter than him'.
The UFC 296 card has been one the most talked about cards in 2023 - with a number of prominent British fighters featuring on the night.
As well as Edwards and Covington's bout, Liverpudlian fighter Paddy 'The Baddy' Pimblett will also be making a return to the octagon on the night.
Pimblett will take on UFC veteran Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout on the main card, with many fans excited for the mouth-watering match-up.
Edwards defended his belt for the first time when he faced Kamaru Usman back in March
Aspinall asserted that Edwards is 'massively