Leon Edwards

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Leon Edwards
Born Leon Edwards
(1991-08-25) August 25, 1991 (age 26)
Kingston, Jamaica
Other names Rocky
Residence Erdington, Birmingham, England
Nationality British
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Middleweight
Welterweight
Reach 74 in (188 cm)[1]
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Erdington, West Midlands, England
Team Ultimate Training Centre American Kickboxing Academy
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 16
By knockout 6
By submission 3
By decision 7
Losses 3
By decision 2
By disqualification 1
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.[2]

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 won the fight to Carl Booth via Armbar submission in round two

Fight UK MMA[edit]

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[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" 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.[3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Edwards made his promotional debut against Cláudio Silva on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux.[4] Silva defeated Edwards via split decision.[5]

Edwards faced veteran Seth Baczynski on 11 April 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64.[6] Edwards knocked out Seth Baczynski in 8 seconds with a straight left hand after timing a kick.[7] The result also earned Edwards a Performance of the Night bonus.[8]

Edwards faced Pawel Pawlak on 18 July 2015 at UFC Fight Night 72.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[10]

Edwards next faced Kamaru Usman on 19 December 2015 at UFC on Fox 17.[11] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[12]

Edwards faced Dominic Waters on 8 May 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Edwards next faced Albert Tumenov on 8 October 2016 at UFC 204.[15] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[16]

Edwards faced Vicente Luque on 18 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107.[17] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[18]

Edwards faced Bryan Barberena on 2 September 2017 at UFC Fight Night 115.[19] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Edwards faced Peter Sobotta on 17 March 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127.[21] He won the fight via TKO at 4:59 in the third round.[22]

Edwards faced Donald Cerrone on 23 June 2018 at UFC Fight Night 132.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Personal life[edit]

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.[25] His brother Fabian is also an MMA fighter.[26] 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[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Bisping vs. Leites". UFC.com. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-07-27. 
  3. ^ Zane Simon (2014-09-26). "Welcome to the UFC, Lapilus, Ansaroff, & Edwards". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  4. ^ "CLAUDIO HENRIQUE DA SILVA DEF. LEON EDWARDS". mmafighting.com. June 9, 2010. Retrieved Apr 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ Marc Raimondi (2014-11-09). "Toughness, ground work get Claudio Silva by Leon Edwards by split decision". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  6. ^ "UFC Fight Night 64 results: Leon Edwards takes eight seconds to KO Seth Baczynski". MMAJunkie.com. Apr 11, 2015. Retrieved Apr 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-04-11). "UFC Fight Night 64 results: Leon Edwards takes eight seconds to KO Seth Baczynski". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Steven Marrocco (18 July 2015). "UFC Fight Night 72 results: Head kick helps Leon Edwards past Pawel Pawlak". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Staff (2015-09-01). "Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  12. ^ John Morgan (2015-12-19). "UFC on FOX 17 results: Kamaru Usman grinds out Leon Edwards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  13. ^ Staff (2016-03-30). "Leon Edwards steps in for injured Peter Sobotta at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-05-08). "UFC Fight Night 87 results: Leon Edwards shuts out Dominic Waters for unanimous decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  15. ^ Staff (2016-08-23). "Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov booked for UFC 204 in Manchester". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-23. 
  16. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-10-08). "UFC 204 results: Leon Edwards rallies, chokes out Albert Tumenov in third round". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  17. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2017-01-10). "Vicente Luque vs. Leon Edwards slated for UFC Fight Night: London". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ "UFC-Rotterdam results: Leon Edwards survives knockdown, works to decision over Bryan Barberena". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-02. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  21. ^ Dale Jordan (2017-12-07). "Leon Edwards vs Peter Sobotta added to UFC Fight Night 127". mmamad.com. Retrieved 2017-12-07. 
  22. ^ John Morgan (2018-03-17). "UFC Fight Night 127 results: Leon Edwards earns last-second TKO win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  23. ^ "Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards scheduled for UFC Singapore main event". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-04-04. 
  24. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 results: Leon Edwards outpoints Donald Cerrone, calls out Jorge Masvidal". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  25. ^ Leon Edwards - Official UFC® Fighter Profile
  26. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/a8cbae10-82c2-4f9c-83af-72eb32a6e946

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