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Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington date: UK start time, full fight card and how to follow as British champ defends title at UFC 296

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Leon Edwards will look to make history when he defends his UFC welterweight title against Colby Covington at UFC 296.

‘Rocky’ attempts to become the first Briton in history to make two successful title defenses as he headlines the final UFC pay-per-view of the year.

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Edwards is ready to defend his world title at UFC 296Credit: Getty Images-Getty

Edwards, undefeated in the Octagon since 2015, will be involved in his first fight since his successive victories over Kamaru Usman.

Covington has not fought since his five-round victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 in March 2022.

The American earned his third shot at the title by serving as a backup fighter before Edwards’ majority decision win over Usman at UFC 286 and impressing Dana White in the process.

Covington, whose two previous attempts at UFC gold ended in defeats to “The Nigerian Nightmare,” has been on a collision course with Edwards for years.

Edwards vs. Covington: date and how to follow

UFC 296 takes place on Saturday, December 16.

The action takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The preliminary card will begin at around 11:30pm UK time, before the main card at 2am, with the main event around 5am.

The prelims are expected to be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass and fans can sign up for the pass here.

And then the main card will be broadcast live on TNT Sports in the UK. Full details on how to watch the event can be found here.

talkSPORT will have updates throughout the fight week while talkSPORT.com will be on hand for the best reaction.

To connect to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for live streaming.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Covington shocked everyone when he spoke out before UFC 286

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Covington shocked everyone when he spoke out before UFC 286Credit: Getty

UFC 296: Fight card

More soon

  • MAIN EVENT: Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington – for the UFC Welterweight title
  • Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval – for the UFC Flyweight title
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. Tony Ferguson
  • Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Vicente Luque vs. Ian Machado Garry
Edwards is coming off back-to-back wins against Usman

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Edwards is coming off back-to-back wins against UsmanCredit: Getty

Edwards vs. Covington: What was said?

UFC President Dana White said: “The champion hasn’t lost a fight in eight years and is coming off back-to-back victories against the greatest welterweight of all time, Kamaru Usman.

“He defends his title against Colby Covington, a fierce pressure fighter with unstoppable cardio.”

Edwards was previously furious that Covington was deemed worthy of a third chance at UFC gold.

He said: “I don’t know how Colby makes sense.

“He hasn’t fought in over a year and a half.

“There are other guys active in the division.

“I am the king now, I have earned my place and I must decide who will be next.”

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