Trump gives Covington some words of inspiration before Edwards fight

Donald Trump gives Colby Covington some final words of inspiration before huge Leon Edwards fight… before beaten American namechecks his hero in the Octagon, promising that he will ‘make American great again!’

  • UFC 296 REPORT: Leon Edwards BEATS Colby Covington in drab encounter
  • Former US president Donald Trump was in the front row to support Covington
  • The pair shared some final words of advice before Covington went into octagon 

Whatever Donald Trump told Colby Covington moments before his UFC 296 main event clash with Leon Edwards did not appear to have the desired effect.

The former President was sat on the front row beside the Octagon in Las Vegas and Covington, a huge Trump supporter, was sure to fist bump his hero and take on board some final words of advice. 

What followed was a below par display that saw him lose to Edwards via decision.

Covington made no secret of his support for Trump in the build-up, and the 35-year-old, who was returning to the octagon for the first time in two years, was eager to see the former POTUS heavily involved.

While reality went on to bite at the TMobile Arena, prior to the fight Covington was envisioning Trump placing the championship belt around him. 

Donald Trump (right) offered some final words of wisdom to Colby Covington at UFC 296

They shared a fist-bump and Covington was fired up to put on a display in front of his ‘hero’

The Trump-supporting fighter made sure to see his idol before his bout with Leon Edwards

UFC president Dana White typically places the championship belt over the winning fighter – but Covington had a pre-fight request.

‘I asked Dana, respectfully, could he step to the side and let Donald Trump put it on,’ Covington told the Full Send podcast.

‘That would mean everything to me, man. I’m his biggest fan, he’s my biggest role model. What better way for him to put the belt around me?

‘Who better than the most famous person on planet Earth, Donald Trump, to give me the belt?’

Trump made sure he had a prime view of the action, arriving with White to sit aside the octagon.

There were some jeers while others gave the former POTUS a standing ovation in what is the fourth time he has attended a UFC event this year. His presence also triggered chants of ‘f**k Joe Biden’, which he no doubt enjoyed.

Trump has previously attended events including UFC 287 in Miami and UFC 290, which also held in Las Vegas. 

Trump was made to watch on as Covington barely laid a scratch on an impressive Edwards

Trump was given a warm welcome by the crowd in Vegas, with some chants of ‘f**k Joe Biden’

But in the end Trump was made to watch one of his biggest supporters fall well short under the bright lights. 

Covington barely registered a scratch on an accomplished Edwards in what was a match-up that didn’t live up to the billing in Vegas. 

Not that that will bother Edwards too much after he successfully defended his UFC welterweight title via unanimous decision.

Edwards executed a leg kick-heavy game plan while negating most of Covington’s takedown attempts to tally 49-46 across all three score cards. 

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