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UFC 296 predictions: Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington fight card, odds, preview, prelims, expert picks

UFC 296 features two title fights, with Leon Edwards facing Colby Covington and Alexandre Pantoja taking on Brandon Royval.

This weekend, UFC 296 will feature two title fights, including Leon Edwards defending his welterweight championship against Colby Covington and Alexandre Pantoja looking to defend his flyweight title against Brandon Royval. The event will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Many question whether Covington deserves another shot at the title, as his most recent win against a current UFC roster member was over five years ago. Despite this, Covington poses a real threat to Edwards, who won the title with a knockout over Kamaru Usman and a decision in the rematch.

Pantoja and Royval will meet in a rematch, with Pantoja winning by submission in their first encounter. Pantoja has since won two more fights, including defeating Brandon Moreno to win the flyweight championship. Royval has won three straight fights since losing to Pantoja, earning himself a championship opportunity.

The main card will also feature rising stars Shavkat Rakhmonov and Paddy Pimblett facing off against talented veterans Stephen Thompson and Tony Ferguson, respectively.

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The full fight card for UFC 296 includes several matchups with the latest odds, such as the welterweight title fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington, the flyweight title fight between Alexandre Pantoja and Brandon Royval, and other bouts across different weight classes.

The CBS Sports crew has made their predictions and picks for the main card, with the majority favoring Edwards to retain his title against Covington and Pantoja to defend his title against Royval.

In the main event, the crew believes that Edwards' well-rounded skill set will be able to adapt to anything Covington brings, leading to a stoppage defeat for Covington. In the flyweight title fight, they expect Pantoja's quality and toughness to prevail over Royval.

Overall, UFC 296 promises to be an action-packed event, with the potential for upsets and exciting matchups across the board.

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