The Rise of Leon Edwards in the UFC

dwards, born on August 25, 1991, is a professional mixed martial artist from Birmingham England. He currently competes in the Welterweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and holds the title of the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion. Leon Edwards’ career began in 2011, and he previously competed for BAMMA, where he held the BAMMA Welterweight Championship. As of March 7, 2023, he ranks #4 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Background and Early Life

Leon Edwards was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he lived with his parents and brother in a one-room house. He grew up surrounded by crime and violence, and his father was involved in “questionable activities”. When Edwards was nine years old, his family moved to the Aston area of Birmingham, England. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when Edwards was thirteen, and his father was shot and killed in a London nightclub. This loss had a significant impact on Edwards and his family.

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Mixed Martial Arts Career of Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards is a well-known English mixed martial artist who has made his mark in the world of combat sports. He started his professional fighting career in 2010 as an amateur at Bushido Challenge 2 – A New Dawn. His debut fight was against Carl Booth, which he won via an Armbar submission in round two. Edwards then signed a contract with Fight UK MMA fighting and had three fights for the promotion. In his first fight, he defeated Damian Zlotnicki with a technical knockout in the first round. In his second fight, he defeated Pawel Zwiefka via unanimous decision, and in his third fight, he suffered a defeat against Delroy McDowell via disqualification by way of an illegal knee.

Post-Fight UK MMA

After leaving Fight UK MMA, Leon Edwards obtained a 2-1 record. He then fought Craig White at the Strength and Honor 14 event and won by decision. Leon Edwards then moved on to fight for BAMMA, where he went 5-0. During his stint with BAMMA, he won the BAMMA welterweight champion against Wayne Murrie and defended it once against Shaun Taylor in what was his last fight with BAMMA before going to the UFC.

Leon Edwards: A Career Overview in the UFC

Leon Edwards is an English mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC welterweight championship. Leon Edwards has been a professional fighter since 2011 and has a record of 20 wins, 3 losses, and 0 no contests.

Leon Edwards made his promotional debut against Cláudio Silva on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux. Unfortunately, he was defeated via split decision. Edwards’ next bout was against veteran Seth Baczynski on 11 April 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64. This time, Edwards won the fight via KO at just 0:08 of the first round. This result earned him a Performance of the Night bonus and marked one of the sixth fastest knockouts in the organization.

In his next few fights, Edwards won two by unanimous decision and one by submission. However, he faced eventual UFC champion Kamaru Usman on 19 December 2015 at UFC on Fox 17, which he lost by unanimous decision.

Edwards then went on to win three straight fights, two of which he won by unanimous decision and one by TKO, before facing Gunnar Nelson on 16 March 2019 at UFC Fight Night 147. He won the bout by split decision but was punched backstage by Jorge Masvidal after the fight, leaving Edwards with a laceration under his left eye.

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Victories over Top Fighters

Edwards faced former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos on 20 July 2019 in the main event of UFC on ESPN 4. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

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. However, the restrictions related to COVID-19 forced Edwards to withdraw, and the event was subsequently cancelled. After a 425-day hiatus since his bout with Dos Anjos, the UFC had removed Edwards from the UFC rankings due to inactivity on 22 October 2020.

Edwards was scheduled to face Khamzat Chimaev on 19 December 2020 at UFC Fight Night 183, but the bout was cancelled due to COVID-19. The fight was rescheduled twice more but eventually cancelled.

Edwards fought Belal Muhammad on March 13, 2021.The UFC Fight Night event featuring Leon Edwards vs. Muhammad ended in an unfortunate incident where an accidental eye poke left Muhammad unable to continue the fight. The match was stopped in the second round due to the severity of the injury, leaving the result as a no contest. This was a major setback for both fighters as they were hoping to prove themselves in the welterweight division. The referee immediately recognized the accidental eye poke and paused the fight to allow Muhammad to recover. Despite Muhammad’s best efforts, the injury was deemed too severe to continue. It is a reminder that accidental eye poke and other accidents happen in combat sports, and the importance of fighter safety cannot be overlooked.

Edwards defeated Nate Diaz on June 12, 2021, at UFC 263. This marked the first time a non-main event and non-title bout had been scheduled for 5 rounds in UFC history. Edwards controlled a vast majority of the bout, but was stunned badly with punches late in the fifth. Edwards won the fight by unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, 49–46).

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UFC Welterweight Championship

On August 20, 2022, Edwards rematched Kamaru Usman at UFC 278 for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Edwards won the fight and title via knockout in the fifth round, claiming the UFC Welterweight Championship. The win earned him the Performance of the Night award.

In a third fight between Edwards and Usman that took place on March 18, 2023, at UFC 286, Edwards was deducted a point in the third round due to grabbing the fence. However, he won the bout via majority decision.

Personal Life:

In addition to his impressive fighting skills, Leon is also known for his nickname, Rocky. This moniker was bestowed upon him by his school friends, likely inspired by the iconic movie character, Rocky Balboa. Despite his tough exterior, Leon is a humble and down-to-earth individual who is committed to his craft and passionate about helping others achieve their goals.

One person who has been particularly inspired by Leon’s dedication to mixed martial arts is his brother, Fabian. Like Leon, Fabian is also a mixed martial artist and currently competes for Bellator MMA. The brothers share a close bond and often train together, pushing each other to be their best.

Leon Edwards wife

There is not much information available about Leon Edwards’ wife, as the UFC fighter tends to keep his personal life private. It is not known whether he is married or in a long-term relationship, or if he has any children.

Leon Edwards height

Leon Edwards, a British-Jamaican mixed martial artist, stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm).

Leon Edwards age

Leon Edwards was born on August 25, 1991, in Kingston, Jamaica, which makes him currently 31 years old as of 2023.

Leon Edwards Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $1 million. His main source of income is from his successful career in the UFC, where he has been a top-ranked welterweight fighter for several years.  

Leon Edwards Record
Professional record breakdown 
25 matches21 wins3 losses
By knockout70
By submission30
By decision112
By disqualification01
No contests1
Win21–3 (1)Kamaru UsmanUFC 28618-Mar-23London, EnglandDefended the UFC Welterweight Championship. Edwards was deducted 1 point in round 3 due to grabbing the fence.
Win20–3 (1)Kamaru UsmanUFC 27820-Aug-22Salt Lake City, Utah, United StatesWon the UFC Welterweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win19–3 (1)Nate DiazUFC 26312-Jun-21Glendale, Arizona, United States
NC18–3 (1)Belal MuhammadUFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad13-Mar-21Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesAccidental eye poke rendered Muhammad unable to continue.
Win18–3Rafael dos AnjosUFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards20-Jul-19San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win17–3Gunnar NelsonUFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal16-Mar-19London, England
Win16–3Donald CerroneUFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards23-Jun-18Kallang, Singapore
Win15–3Peter SobottaUFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov17-Mar-18London, England
Win14–3Bryan BarberenaUFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve2-Sep-17Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win13–3Vicente LuqueUFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson18-Mar-17London, England
Win12–3Albert TumenovUFC 2048-Oct-16Manchester, England
Win11–3Dominic WatersUFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski8-May-16Rotterdam, Netherlands
Loss10–3Kamaru UsmanUFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 219-Dec-15Orlando, Florida, United States
Win10–2Pawel PawlakUFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites18-Jul-15Glasgow, Scotland
Win9–2Seth BaczynskiUFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 211-Apr-15Kraków, PolandPerformance of the Night.
Loss8–2Cláudio SilvaUFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux8-Nov-14Uberlândia, Brazil
Win8–1Shaun TaylorBAMMA 1613-Sep-14Manchester, EnglandDefended the BAMMA Welterweight Championship.
Win7–1Wayne MurrieBAMMA 155-May-14Hackney Wick, EnglandWon the BAMMA Welterweight Championship.
Win6–1Wendle LewisBAMMA 1414-Dec-13Birmingham, England
Win5–1Adam BoussifBAMMA 1313-Sep-13Birmingham, England
Win4–1Jonathan BiltonBAMMA 111-Dec-12Birmingham, England
Win3–1Craig WhiteSAH 14: Strength And Honour 143-Nov-12Exeter, England
Loss2–1Delroy McDowellFight UK MMA: Fight UK 625-Feb-12Leicester, EnglandReturn to Welterweight.
Win2–0Pawel ZwiefkaFight UK MMA: Fight UK 519-Nov-11Leicester, EnglandMiddleweight debut.
Win1–0Damian ZlotnickiFight UK MMA: Fight UK 45-Jun-11Leicester, EnglandWelterweight debut.
Win5–0Nate ThomsonCage Fighting Championships 158-Oct-10Sydney, Australia
Win4–0Jay CobainCage Fighting Championships 145-Jun-10Sydney, Australia
Win3–0Nick ArielCage Fighting Championships 1212-Mar-10Sydney, Australia
Win2–0Richard WalshCage Fighting Championships 1120-Nov-09Sydney, Australia
Win1–0Chris TallowinXFC 1414-Mar-09Perth, Australia

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