Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards

Full NameLeon Edwards

BornAugust 25, 1991

Height6 ft



Early life

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

Win20–3 (1)Kamaru UsmanKO (head kick)UFC 27820 August 2022
Win19–3 (1)Nate DiazDecision (unanimous)UFC 26312 June 2021
NC18–3 (1)Belal MuhammadNC (accidental eye poke)UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad13 March 2021
Win18–3Rafael dos AnjosDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards20 July 2019
Win17–3Gunnar NelsonDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal16 March 2019
Win16–3Donald CerroneDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards23 June 2018
Win15–3Peter SobottaTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov17 March 2018
Win14–3Bryan BarberenaDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve2 September 2017
Win13–3Vicente LuqueDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson18 March 2017
Win12–3Albert TumenovSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 2048 October 2016
Win11–3Dominic WatersDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski8 May 2016
Loss10–3Kamaru UsmanDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 219 December 2015
Win10–2Pawel PawlakDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites18 July 2015
Win9–2Seth BaczynskiKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 211 April 2015
Loss8–2ClΓ‘udio SilvaDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux8 November 2014
Win8–1Shaun TaylorKO (punch)BAMMA 1613 September 2014
Win7–1Wayne MurrieSubmission (rear-naked choke)BAMMA 155 May 2014
Win6–1Wendle LewisKO (punches)BAMMA 1414 December 2013
Win5–1Adam BoussifSubmission (arm-triangle choke)BAMMA 1313 September 2013
Win4–1Jonathan BiltonTKO (knees)BAMMA 111 December 2012
Win3–1Craig WhiteTechnical DecisionSAH 14: Strength And Honour 143 November 2012
Loss2–1Delroy McDowellDQ (illegal knee)Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 625 February 2012
Win2–0Pawel ZwiefkaDecision (unanimous)Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 519 November 2011
Win1–0Damian ZlotnickiTKO (punches)Fight UK MMA: Fight UK 45 June 2011

Last updated 20th August, 2022.

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