Justin Edwards (fighter)
|Born||Justin Ross Edwards
January 26, 1983
|Other names||Fast Eddie|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||71.0 in (180 cm)|
|Style||Sanshou, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Bellefontaine, Ohio|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Justin Ross Edwards (born January 26, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist competing in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Edwards has made a name for himself fighting in the Midwest. He was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.
Edwards grew up in Mansfield, Ohio, attending Madison High School. There he participated in football and wrestling. Edwards also did Greco-Roman wrestling that was not affiliated with his school. Upon graduating Edwards earned an athletic scholarship to play football at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio. Edwards graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Criminal Justice. After graduating college Edwards picked up rugby until his work schedule wouldn't allow him to play.
Edwards started training MMA in 2006 after seeing an MMA fight on television. Edwards said, "I could do that", and began training at a local gym the following day. In October 2006, Edwards made his amateur debut, winning via submission. He won his next five amateur fights, holding an undefeated 6–0 record before losing three straight fights and then deciding to go pro.
Edwards made his pro debut with a 30 second TKO win over Ultimate Fighter alumni, Josh Rafferty. His next bout took place at Bellator 5 against veteran John Troyer. Edwards won the fight via submission towards the end of round one. He then entered a one night tournament for the International Fighting Championship, winning the tournament with wins over Davarius Scaife and Daniel Stittgen – both via first round submission. Edwards won two more fights before appearing on The Ultimate Fighter.
The Ultimate Fighter
In 2011, Edwards had signed with the UFC to compete in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.
Edwards was flown in as a replacement fighter for Keon Caldwell, making Edwards a member of Team dos Santos. He had his first fight against eventual winner Tony Ferguson. Edwards lost after Ferguson threw an upkick that knocked him unconscious. He was set to appear in the wildcard round but was suspended 90 days and could not compete.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
After losing in the preliminary round, Edwards remained signed after the show. He made his official UFC debut June 4, 2011 on The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale card, fighting against castmate, Clay Harvison. He lost the fight via split decision.
Edwards stepped in to fight newly signed Englishman, John Maguire, at UFC 138 in Birmingham, England, following the withdrawal of James Head due to injury. After being taken down and controlled for most of the fight, Edwards lost via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Edwards was expected to face Mike Stumpf on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. However, Stumpf suffered an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Stephen Thompson. Edwards was also forced to pull out of the bout and was replaced by Dan Stittgen.
Edwards faced Josh Neer on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Edwards leaped into an arm in guillotine and finished the fight 45 seconds into the first round via technical submission after choking Neer unconscious. The finish won him Submission of the Night honors.
Edwards was expected to face Gunnar Nelson on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. However, Edwards was forced to pull out of the bout citing an injury, and was replaced by returning veteran Jorge Santiago.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||8 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||8–4||Ramsey Nijem||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou||January 15, 2014||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States||Lightweight debut|
|Loss||8–3||Brandon Thatch||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2||August 28, 2013||1||1:23||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||8–2||Josh Neer||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot||October 5, 2012||1||0:45||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Loss||7–2||John Maguire||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 138||November 5, 2011||3||5:00||Birmingham, England|
|Win||7–1||Jorge Lopez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger||September 17, 2011||3||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||6–1||Clay Harvison||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale||June 4, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||Marcus Ajian||Submission (guillotine choke)||CNG Promotions: Queen City Meltdown||June 26, 2010||1||0:40||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||5–0||Tony Parker||Submission (guillotine choke)||Extreme IT Challenge||April 10, 2010||1||1:20||Findlay, Ohio, United States|
|Win||4–0||Dan Stittgen||Submission (guillotine choke)||IFC: Wiuff vs. Newcomb||January 8, 2010||1||0:37||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States||Grandprix Final|
|Win||3–0||Davarius Scaife||Submission (armbar)||IFC: Wiuff vs. Newcomb||January 8, 2010||1||0:48||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States||Grandprix Semi-Final|
|Win||2–0||John Troyer||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 5||May 1, 2009||1||4:12||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1–0||Josh Rafferty||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 111||November 21, 2008||1||0:30||Elizabeth, Indiana, United States|
- "TUF 13 Finale prelims add Edwards vs. Harvison". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
- "Jorge Lopez vs. Justin Edwards slated for UFC Fight Night 25". mmajunkie.com. August 14, 2011.
- "John Maguire Gets New Opponent At UFC 138 In Justin Edwards". YourMMA.tv. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- "Justin Edwards vs. Mike Stumpf added to UFC 143 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. December 23, 2011.
- "Stumpf injured, replacement Thompson meets Edwards at UFC 143". mmajunkie.com. January 10, 2011.
- "Justin Edwards injured, Dan Stittgen faces Stephen Thompson at UFC 143". mmajunkie.com. January 19, 2012.
- "Neer-Edwards added to UFC on FX 5". mmajunkie.com. August 1, 2012.
- "Gunnar Nelson vs. Justin Edwards added to UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London". mmajunkie.com. December 13, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- Staff (January 23, 2013). "Justin Edwards out, Jorge Santiago in against Gunnar Nelson at UFC on FUEL TV 7". mmajunkie.com.
- Staff (2013-06-05). "Justin Edwards-Brandon Thatch booked for UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indianapolis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
- Staff (2013-11-24). "UFC Fight Night 35 Card Grows with Addition of Three New Bouts". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-24.