August 25, 1991
|Residence||Erdington, Birmingham, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Erdington, West Midlands, England|
|Team||Ultimate Training Centre American Kickboxing Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Leon Edwards is an English mixed martial artist currently competing as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2011, he has formerly competed for BAMMA where he was Welterweight Champion. As of 26 July 2018, he is the #11 ranked contender in the official UFC welterweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
Edwards began his professional fighting career in 2010, making his debut as an amateur at Bushido Challenge 2 - A New Dawn. Edwards won the fight to Carl Booth via Armbar submission in round two
Fight UK MMA
Edwards then signed a contract with the Fight UK MMA. He debuted for the promotion against Damian Zlotnicki, winning via technical knockout in the first round. He then went on to have two more fights for the promotion, winning against Pawel Zwiefka and losing against Delroy McDowell via DQ by way of illegal knee.
Post-Fight UK MMA
Edwards obtained a 2-1 record after leaving Fight UK MMA. He then fought Craig White at the Strength and Honor 14, winning by decision. Edwards then went to fight for "BAMMA" where he went 5-0. During his stint with BAMMA he won the welterweight championship against Wayne Murrie and he defended it once against Shaun Taylor, this was his last fight with BAMMA before going to the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Edwards faced veteran Seth Baczynski on 11 April 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64. Edwards knocked out Seth Baczynski in 8 seconds with a straight left hand after timing a kick. The result also earned Edwards a Performance of the Night bonus.
Edwards, grew up in Birmingham, England but is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. He started training Mixed martial arts when he was 17. His nickname was given to him by his friends in school. His brother Fabian is also an MMA fighter. Leon went to Aston Manor Academy along with Stoke City F.C. striker Saido Berahino and cricketers Ateeq Javid and Recordo Gordon.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- BAMMA RDX Welterweight Championship (One time)
- One Successful Title Defense
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||16 wins||3 losses|
|Win||16–3||Donald Cerrone||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards||June 23, 2018||5||5:00||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||15–3||Peter Sobotta||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov||17 March 2018||3||4:59||London, England|
|Win||14–3||Bryan Barberena||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve||2 September 2017||3||5:00||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||13–3||Vicente Luque||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson||18 March 2017||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||12–3||Albert Tumenov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 204||8 October 2016||3||3:01||Manchester, England|
|Win||11–3||Dominic Waters||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski||8 May 2016||3||5:00||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||10–3||Kamaru Usman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2||19 December 2015||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||10–2||Pawel Pawlak||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites||18 July 2015||3||5:00||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Win||9–2||Seth Baczynski||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2||11 April 2015||1||0:08||Kraków, Poland||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||8–2||Cláudio Silva||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux||8 November 2014||3||5:00||Uberlândia, Brazil|
|Win||8–1||Shaun Taylor||KO (punch)||BAMMA 16: Daley vs. da Rocha||13 September 2014||3||3:30||Manchester, England||Defended the BAMMA Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||7–1||Wayne Murrie||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BAMMA 15: Thompson vs. Selmani||5 May 2014||3||3:13||Hackney Wick, England||Won the BAMMA Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||6–1||Wendle Lewis||KO (punches)||BAMMA 14: Daley vs. da Silva||14 December 2013||1||1:20||Birmingham, England|
|Win||5–1||Adam Boussif||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||BAMMA 13: Nunes vs. Jones||13 September 2013||1||2:10||Birmingham, England|
|Win||4–1||Jonathan Bilton||TKO (knees)||BAMMA 11: Marshman vs. Foupa-Pokam||1 December 2012||2||1:11||Birmingham, England|
|Win||3–1||Craig White||Technical Decision||SAH 14: Strength And Honour 14||3 November 2012||2||5:00||Exeter, England|
|Loss||2–1||Delroy McDowell||DQ (illegal knee)||Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 6||25 February 2012||3||2:40||Leicester, England||Return to Welterweight.|
|Win||2–0||Pawel Zwiefka||Decision (unanimous)||Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 5||19 November 2011||3||5:00||Leicester, England||Middleweight debut.|
|Win||1–0||Damian Zlotnicki||TKO (punches)||Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 4||5 June 2011||1||2:15||Leicester, England|
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- "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
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- Marc Raimondi (2014-11-09). "Toughness, ground work get Claudio Silva by Leon Edwards by split decision". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-11-09.
- "UFC Fight Night 64 results: Leon Edwards takes eight seconds to KO Seth Baczynski". MMAJunkie.com. Apr 11, 2015. Retrieved Apr 11, 2015.
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- Mookie Alexander (2015-04-11). "UFC Poland post-fight bonuses: Cro Cop, Gonzaga, Moroz, and Edwards pick up $50,000 each". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
- Matt Erickson (2015-05-18). "Redmond vs. Whiteford, Edwards vs. Pawlak booked for UFC Fight Night 72 in Scotland". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
- Steven Marrocco (18 July 2015). "UFC Fight Night 72 results: Head kick helps Leon Edwards past Pawel Pawlak". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- Staff (2015-09-01). "Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
- John Morgan (2015-12-19). "UFC on FOX 17 results: Kamaru Usman grinds out Leon Edwards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
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- Staff (2016-08-23). "Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov booked for UFC 204 in Manchester". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-10-08). "UFC 204 results: Leon Edwards rallies, chokes out Albert Tumenov in third round". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
- Guilherme Cruz (2017-01-10). "Vicente Luque vs. Leon Edwards slated for UFC Fight Night: London". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
- Steven Marrocco (2017-03-18). "UFC Fight Night 107 results: Leon Edwards ends Vicente Luque's streak with unpredictable attack". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
- Jordan Breen (2017-07-03). "Bryan Barberena-Leon Edwards welterweight tilt joins Sept. 2 UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
- "UFC-Rotterdam results: Leon Edwards survives knockdown, works to decision over Bryan Barberena". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
- Dale Jordan (2017-12-07). "Leon Edwards vs Peter Sobotta added to UFC Fight Night 127". mmamad.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- John Morgan (2018-03-17). "UFC Fight Night 127 results: Leon Edwards earns last-second TKO win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
- "Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards scheduled for UFC Singapore main event". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
- "UFC Fight Night 132 results: Leon Edwards outpoints Donald Cerrone, calls out Jorge Masvidal". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
- Leon Edwards - Official UFC® Fighter Profile