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Welterweight Division

#3 PFP

Active

Title Holder

"Rocky"

Leon Edwards

Welterweight Division

20-3-0 (W-L-D)

7

Wins by Knockout

3

Wins by Submission

5

First Round Finishes

Leon Edwards

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Event Results

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Learn more about Leon Edwards' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Place of Birth
Kingston, Jamaica
Trains at
UTC Ultimate Training Centre Birmingham
Fighting style
MMA
Age
31
Height
72.00
Weight
170.00
Octagon Debut
Nov. 09, 2014
Reach
74.00
Leg reach
43.00
  • Pro since 2011
     
  • Seven wins by KO, three by submission (2 RNC, 1 arm triangle)
     
  • Five first round finishes
     
  • Has won 12 of his last 14
     
  • Unbeaten in 11 straight (10-0, 1 NC)
     
  • 2-0, 1 NC as an amateur
     
  • Origin of nickname – “It was given to me by my friends in school because I was always fighting.”

UFC 278 (8/20/22) Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman at 4:04 of the fifth round to win the UFC welterweight title 

UFC 263 (6/12/21) Edwards won a five-round unanimous decision over Nate Diaz

UFC Fight Night (3/13/21) Edwards’s bout with Belal Muhammad was ruled a no contest (accidental eye poke) at :18 of the second round

UFC on ESPN (7/20/19) Edwards won a five round unanimous decision over Rafael Dos Anjos

UFC Fight Night (3/16/19) Edwards won a three round split decision over Gunnar Nelson

UFC Fight Night (6/23/18) Edwards won a five round unanimous decision over Donald Cerrone

UFC Fight Night (3/17/18) Edwards stopped Peter Sobotta via strikes at 4:59 of the third round

UFC Fight Night (9/2/17) Edwards won a three round unanimous decision over Bryan Barberena

UFC Fight Night (3/18/17) Edwards won a three round unanimous decision over Vicente Luque

UFC 204 (10/8/16) Edwards submitted Albert Tumenov via rear naked choke at 3:01 of the third round

UFC Fight Night (5/8/16) Edwards won a three round unanimous decision over Dominic Waters

UFC on FOX (12/19/15) Edwards lost a three round unanimous decision to Kamaru Usman

UFC Fight Night (7/18/15) Edwards won a three round unanimous decision over Pawel Pawlak

UFC Fight Night (4/11/15) Edwards knocked out Seth Baczynski at :08 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (11/8/14) Edwards lost a three round split decision to Claudio Silva

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training when I was 17 just to keep out of trouble, and then I fell in love with MMA.

What ranks and titles have you held? I've held various amateur titles and I'm currently the BAMMA British champion

Do you have any heroes?  My mom

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It's a lifelong ambition come true. I always believed it would happen because I dedicated myself to this, and I've always worked as hard as I could in all my training camps to make this happen.

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked at my gym UTC part-time.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I've held various amateur titles

Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke

Favorite Striking technique: Straight left hand