Leon 'Rocky' Edwards is the current UFC welterweight champion with a professional record of 20 wins and 3 losses. Born in Kingston, Jamaica 'Rocky' spent his initial years there before moving to England with his parents in search of a better life.
To avoid being consumed by a life of crime and drugs, Edwards' mother signed him up at the local mixed martial arts club, where he began training at age 17.
His early career began in 2010 where 'Rocky' made his debut at the Bushido Challenge 2- A New Dawn. He secured his first win against Carl Booth after executing an armbar in the second round.
UFC debut and career
Edwards made his UFC debut in 2014 when he took on Claudio Silva at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux. His first victory came via KO at just eight seconds going into his second bout against Seth Baczynski at UFC Fight Night 64.
He eventually faced champion to be, Kamaru Usman in 2015 at UFC on Fox 17, losing to 'The Nigerian Nightmare' via unanimous decision.
From then however, Leon Edwards went on to win every single UFC fight with only one no-contest against Belal Muhammad in 2021.
UFC welterweight champion
'Rocky' earned a shot at the welterweight title at UFC 278 when he was scheduled to rematch with welterweight king Kamaru Usman. The highly anticipated rematch saw both men duke it out with Edwards winning via KO, and claiming the title.
Leon Edwards' professional record
|Win||20–3 (1)||Kamaru Usman||KO (head kick)||UFC 278||20 August 2022|
|Win||19–3 (1)||Nate Diaz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 263||12 June 2021|
|NC||18–3 (1)||Belal Muhammad||NC (accidental eye poke)||UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad||13 March 2021|
|Win||18–3||Rafael dos Anjos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards||20 July 2019|
|Win||17–3||Gunnar Nelson||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal||16 March 2019|
|Win||16–3||Donald Cerrone||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards||23 June 2018|
|Win||15–3||Peter Sobotta||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov||17 March 2018|
|Win||14–3||Bryan Barberena||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve||2 September 2017|
|Win||13–3||Vicente Luque||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson||18 March 2017|
|Win||12–3||Albert Tumenov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 204||8 October 2016|
|Win||11–3||Dominic Waters||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski||8 May 2016|
|Loss||10–3||Kamaru Usman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2||19 December 2015|
|Win||10–2||Pawel Pawlak||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites||18 July 2015|
|Win||9–2||Seth Baczynski||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2||11 April 2015|
|Loss||8–2||Cláudio Silva||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux||8 November 2014|
|Win||8–1||Shaun Taylor||KO (punch)||BAMMA 16||13 September 2014|
|Win||7–1||Wayne Murrie||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BAMMA 15||5 May 2014|
|Win||6–1||Wendle Lewis||KO (punches)||BAMMA 14||14 December 2013|
|Win||5–1||Adam Boussif||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||BAMMA 13||13 September 2013|
|Win||4–1||Jonathan Bilton||TKO (knees)||BAMMA 11||1 December 2012|
|Win||3–1||Craig White||Technical Decision||SAH 14: Strength And Honour 14||3 November 2012|
|Loss||2–1||Delroy McDowell||DQ (illegal knee)||Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 6||25 February 2012|
|Win||2–0||Pawel Zwiefka||Decision (unanimous)||Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 5||19 November 2011|
|Win||1–0||Damian Zlotnicki||TKO (punches)||Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 4||5 June 2011|
Last updated 20th August, 2022.