Leon Edwards

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Leon Edwards
Born (1991-08-25) 25 August 1991 (age 28)
Kingston, Jamaica
Other namesRocky
ResidenceErdington, Birmingham, England
NationalityBritish[1]
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionMiddleweight (2011)
Welterweight (2011, 2012–present)
Reach74 in (188 cm)[2]
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofErdington, Birmingham, England
TeamTeam Renegade BJJ & MMA (2016–present)
Ultimate Training Centre (2010–2015)
American Kickboxing Academy (2015)
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Chiu Kwong Man[3]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins18
By knockout6
By submission3
By decision9
Losses3
By decision2
By disqualification1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Leon Edwards (born 25 August 1991) is a Jamaican-British mixed martial artist currently competing as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2011, he formerly competed for BAMMA, where he was the Welterweight Champion. As of July 14, 2020, he is #3 in the UFC welterweight rankings.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Edwards began his professional fighting career in 2010, making his debut as an amateur at Bushido Challenge 2 - A New Dawn. Edwards fought Carl Booth, winning via Armbar submission in round two.

Fight UK MMA[edit]

Edwards then signed a contract with Fight UK MMA. He debuted for the promotion against Damian Zlotnicki, winning via technical knockout in the first round. He had 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[edit]

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", in which 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 in what was his last fight with BAMMA before going to the UFC.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Edwards made his promotional debut against Cláudio Silva on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux.[6] Silva defeated Edwards via split decision.[7]

Edwards faced veteran Seth Baczynski on 11 April 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64.[8] Edwards knocked out Seth Baczynski in 8 seconds with a straight left hand after timing a kick.[9] The result also earned Edwards a Performance of the Night bonus.[10]

Edwards faced Pawel Pawlak on 18 July 2015 at UFC Fight Night 72.[11] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Edwards next faced Kamaru Usman on 19 December 2015 at UFC on Fox 17.[13] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[14]

Edwards faced Dominic Waters on 8 May 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Edwards next faced Albert Tumenov on 8 October 2016 at UFC 204.[17] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[18]

Edwards faced Vicente Luque on 18 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107.[19] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Edwards faced Bryan Barberena on 2 September 2017 at UFC Fight Night 115.[21] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Edwards faced Peter Sobotta on 17 March 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127.[23] He won the fight via TKO at 4:59 in the third round.[24]

Edwards faced Donald Cerrone on 23 June 2018 at UFC Fight Night 132.[25] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Edwards faced Gunnar Nelson on 16 March 2019 at UFC Fight Night 147. He won by split decision.[27] After the event, Edwards was involved in a backstage brawl with Jorge Masvidal, which left Edwards with a laceration under his left eye. [28]

Edwards faced Rafael dos Anjos on 20 July 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4.[29] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

As the first bout of his new, multi-fight contract, Edwards was scheduled to face Tyron Woodley on 21 March 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[31][32] However, the restrictions related to COVID-19 forced Edwards to withdraw as the event was meant to be moved from London to the United States, and the event was subsequently postponed indefinitely.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Leon, grew up in Birmingham, England but is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. He started training mixed martial arts when he was 16. His nickname, Rocky, was given to him by his friends in school.[34] His brother Fabian is also an MMA fighter for Bellator MMA.[35]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 18 wins 3 losses
By knockout 6 0
By submission 3 0
By decision 9 2
By disqualification 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–3 Rafael dos Anjos Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards 20 July 2019 5 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 17–3 Gunnar Nelson Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal 16 March 2019 3 5:00 London, England
Win 16–3 Donald Cerrone Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards 23 June 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Bisping vs. Leites". UFC.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
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  8. ^ "UFC Fight Night 64 results: Leon Edwards takes eight seconds to KO Seth Baczynski". MMAJunkie.com. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
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  11. ^ Matt Erickson (18 May 2015). "Redmond vs. Whiteford, Edwards vs. Pawlak booked for UFC Fight Night 72 in Scotland". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
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  13. ^ Staff (1 September 2015). "Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
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  21. ^ Jordan Breen (3 July 2017). "Bryan Barberena-Leon Edwards welterweight tilt joins Sept. 2 UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam". sherdog.com. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
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