AKA

Leon
"Rocky"
Edwards

Stats

Fighting style: MMA
Stance: Southpaw
Division: Welterweight
Height: 6' 2"
Reach: 74"
Leg reach: 43.00
Weight: 170 lbs.
Team: Team Renegade BJJ & MMA (2016–
Nationality: Kingston, Jamaica
Out of: Erdington, Birmingham, England
Age: 32

Accolades

Recent win streak: 8
Wins by KO: 6
Wins by submission: 3
Wins by decision: 10
Avg. Sig. Strikes Per Event: 54.5

ATHLETE METRICS

STRIKING ACCURACY

Significant Strikes Attempted: 1483
Significant Strikes Landed: 791

TAKEDOWN ACCURACY

Takedowns Attempted: 69
Takedowns Landed: 12

BIOGRAPHY

Leon Edwards was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 25, 1991. He spent the first nine years of his life living in a one-room house with his parents and brother. This early environment was fraught with danger and violence, with his father involved in “questionable activities”. When he was nine years old, Edwards moved to Aston, Birmingham, England.

However, Edwards’ transition to England didn’t protect him from tragedy. Just four years later at the tender age of 13, his father was brutally shot and killed in Croydon, London nightclub. Edwards himself got submerged into the criminal world that he grew up in, dealing drugs, street fighting, and carrying knives. However, at age 17, his mother directed him towards mixed martial arts (MMA) as an outlet for his frustrations.

Edwards embarked on his professional fighting career in 2010, making his first appearance at Bushido Challenge 2 against Carl Booth. The fight ended victoriously for Edwards with an armbar submission in the second round. Seeking to establish his career, Edwards soon got into a contract with Fight UK MMA. His debut would be a successful one against Damian Zlotnicki, where he won via technical knockout in the first round. After getting a 2–1 record post leaving Fight UK MMA, Edwards found another victory at Strength and Honor 14 against Craig White.

Impressive performances led Edwards to sign with British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA), where he had an undefeated run of 5–0. In a noteworthy fight against Wayne Murrie, Edwards won the welterweight championship and successfully defended it against Shaun Taylor. These successful stints were instrumental in positioning Edwards for arguably the biggest stage in the MMA world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Edwards’ UFC debut was against Cláudio Silva in November 2014. While he lost his opening UFC bout, he bounced back strongly by knocking out veteran Seth Baczynski within 8 seconds of the first round in his next fight. This impressive knockout not only earned Edwards the Performance of the Night bonus but also placed him amongst the sixth fastest knockouts in UFC history.

Edwards continued to excel in the UFC, facing a series of fighters including Pawel Pawlak, Albert Tumenov, and Bryan Barberena, winning via unanimous decisions and submission. Notable amongst his wins was the knockout against Peter Sobotta in 2018, which came in the final second of the last round, showcasing Edwards’ never-take-a-step-back attitude.

Despite a few setbacks against the likes of Kamaru Usman, things looked bright for Edwards until the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc with his fight schedule. Postponements resulted in UFC removing Edwards from rankings due to inactivity. The fight against undefeated prospect Khamzat Chimaev was scheduled and canceled multiple times due to both fighters testing positive for COVID-19.

Overcoming these challenges, Edwards returned to the UFC in March 2021, facing Belal Muhammad. An accidental eye poke led to a no-contest result. Despite not being a win, this bout ended Edwards’ 425-day hiatus from the ring.

Edwards’ fight against Nate Diaz in May 2021 marked an important event in UFC history as the first non-main event and non-title bout scheduled for five rounds. Edwards emerged victorious.

In the same year, Edwards was set to fight Jorge Masvidal, but the bout was canceled owing to an injury sustained by Masvidal. The collision with his old opponent, Kamaru Usman, however, was destined to occur. In an incredible comeback, Edwards snatched the UFC Welterweight Championship from Usman in August 2022. This outstanding victory grew Edwards’ reputation, being considered one of the best knockouts ever seen in the UFC.

Edwards continued his winning streak by successfully defending his title in March and December 2023 against Usman and Colby Covington respectively. He refined his skills and demonstrated tremendous growth and improvement in these fights, particularly in the defense department.

As of 2024, Edwards maintains a successful run in his career, with a scheduled title defense against Belal Muhammad in July.

Throughout his career, Edwards’ venture into MMA has become an echoing tale of climbing from one’s circumstances and making something of oneself. He has embodied the spirit of a fighter who overcomes adversity in different shapes and forms—a message conveyed not just in his backstory, but in the manner of his fighting style, and his unyielding will to win.

Beyond the octagon, Edwards holds close his roots and familial ties. His love for his craft began back when he was 17, with his mother’s encouragement. The nickname “Rocky,” given by his schoolmates, has stuck with him. His brother, Fabian, a mixed martial artist for Bellator MMA, reflects the shared passion for the sport within the family.

His life and career stand testament that no matter where one comes from, hard work and resilience can lead to remarkable feats. Leon Edwards, an English professional mixed martial artist, has truly etched his name in the annals of UFC history as one of the most notable fighters in the welterweight division. Despite the numerous adversities, Edwards remains strong, focused, and ever-driven towards reaching greater heights.

Fight History

Belal Muhammad
Awaiting Outcome
Sat. Jul 27, 2024
UFC 304: Edwards vs. Muhammad 2
304
Colby Covington
Leon Edwards: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 5
Sat. Dec 16, 2023
UFC 296: Edwards vs. Covington
296
Kamaru Usman
Leon Edwards: Winner
by Majority Decision in Round 5
Sat. Mar 18, 2023
UFC 286: Edwards vs. Usman 3
286
Kamaru Usman
Leon Edwards: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 5 @ 4:04
Sat. Aug 20, 2022
UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2
278
Nate Diaz
Leon Edwards: Winner
by Decision in Round 5
Sat. Jun 12, 2021
UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2
263
Belal Muhammad
Leon Edwards: No Contest
by No Contest in Round 2 @ 0:18
Sat. Mar 13, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad
Rafael Dos Anjos
Leon Edwards: Winner
by Decision in Round 5
Sat. Jul 20, 2019
UFC FN: Dos Anjos vs. Edwards

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Leon Edwards Physique?
Leon Edwards has a muscular and athletic physique, evident from his images.

Leon Edwards Record?
Leon Edwards has a record of 21 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws, with 1 no contest in UFC.

Leon Edwards Vs Colby Covington?
A main event bout between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington will headline the UFC's closing event of 2023 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 16.

Leon Edwards Height?
Leon Edwards is 6′ 2″ tall.

Leon Edwards Vs Usman?
Leon Edwards won the title against Usman with a devastating head kick knockout.

Leon Edwards Stats?
As of now, I cannot provide the specific stats for Leon Edwards as the context does not provide any details about his wins, losses, or other statistics.

Leon Edwards Vs Usman 2?
The second fight between Leon Edwards and Usman took place at UFC 278.

Leon Edwards Weight?
Leon Edwards weighs 170 lbs.

Leon Edwards Vs Usman 3?
In their third match, Leon Edwards successfully defended his welterweight title against Kamaru Usman, overpowering Usman's offense through 25 minutes of intense combat on March 18, 2023.

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