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Covington crosses the line with tasteless remark, Edwards throws water bottle



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UFC 296. Photo via USA Today Sports and YouTube

Things turned ugly at the UFC 296 staredown.

Challenger Colby Covington, who was dressed up in an American military costume from the revolutionary war, made several attempts to get under Leon Edward’s skin during the press conference.

When Covington made a tasteless remark toward the champion, a comment that involved Edward’s murdered father who was killed during Edwards’ youth, the champ immediately saw red and threw a water bottle at the challenger.

Security had to seperate Edwards from Covington to prevent a full-out fight between the two.

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Updated UFC 296 fight card

Main card

  • Welterweight title bout: Leon Edwards (c) vs. Colby Covington
  • Flyweight title bout: Alexandre Pantoja (c) vs. Brandon Royval
  • Welterweight bout: Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Lightweight bout: Tony Ferguson vs. Paddy Pimblett
  • Welterweight bout: Vicente Luque vs. Ian Machado Garry

Preliminary card

  • Featherweight bout: Josh Emmett vs. Bryce Mitchell
  • Women’s Bantamweight bout: Irene Aldana vs. Karol Rosa
  • Bantamweight bout: Cody Garbrandt vs. Brian Kelleher
  • Women’s Flyweight bout: Casey O’Neill vs. Ariane Lipski

Early prelims

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Alonzo Menifield vs. Dustin Jacoby
  • Flyweight bout: Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Cody Durden
  • Featherweight bout: Andre Fili vs. Lucas Almeida
  • Heavyweight bout: Martin Buday vs. Shamil Gaziev
  • Welterweight bout: Randy Brown vs. Muslim Salikhov

* Fight card is a subject of change.

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