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Leon Edwards

AGE

26

RECORD

13 - 3

REACH

74”

HEIGHT

6”0

WEIGHT

170LB

STANCE

SOUTHPAW

CAMP

AMERICAN KICKBOXING ACADEMY

HOMETOWN

ENGLAND

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT MARCH 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 147 – VS GUNNAR NELSON

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (SPLIT)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Edwards is in the southpaw stance. Nelson is in the wide orthodox stance. Edwards takes the center. Both fighters are patient. Nelson is looking to time the takedown. Edwards opens the fight with a leg kick. Nelson responds with a kick to the body. Edwards closes the distance with the right hand. Nelson immediately initiates the clinch and starts working for a takedown against the fence. 1st min in Nelson drags Edwards down to the mat. Edwards scrambles from the bottom and manages to stand up. However, Nelson takes the body lock and drags him back down. Nelson is displaying his great wrestling early in the fight. Nelson is working for a position. Edwards uses the fence and stands back up. Nelson is controlling him against the cage. Edwards reverses the position, picks Nelson up and slams him down to the mat! Edwards is looking to take the back! Halfway in, He has a one hook in. Nelson is looking calm and relaxed. Edwards is threatening with the rear-naked choke. Nelson defends well. Edwards is showing great top control. Nelson is carrying the weight of Edwards. 1 min to go, Nelson manages to stand up. Edwards is controlling with a body lock. Edwards picks Nelson up once again and slams him down to the mat! Nelson explodes back to his feet and they are back in the center. Big kick to the body lands for Edwards! 10-9 Edwards

Rd 2 – Edwards takes the center. He is flat-footed. Nelson is bouncing on the outside. Nelson goes high with the kick, just misses! Edwards is switching his stances. Nelson moves in with a right hand, misses. Edwards is showing great footwork. 1st min in, Neither fighter is willing to pull the trigger. Nelson initiates the clinch. Edwards connects with a nice knee to the body. Nelson is working for a takedown. Nice knee to the body and an elbow over the top lands for Edwards! He is looking more confident. Nelson fakes the right hand and initiates another clinch against the fence. Fighters are fighting for the under hooks. Halfway in, Edwards reverses the clinch position. He explodes with the elbow on the separation and lands! Edwards is looking sharp. Nelson fires a right hand on the entry and initiates another clinch. Nelson has a hard time taking Edwards down. Edwards separates. Nelson starts putting pressure on Edwards. Edwards is moving to his left. 1 min to go, Nelson is telegraphing his attacks. He is firing the right hand and immediately looking for a takedown. Another clinch from Nelson. Edwards separates and lands a right hand. Nelson is waling Edwards down. He misses with the right hand. Edwards counters with a hard left elbow over the top! Nelson goes down!!! Edwards jumps all over him with the punches!!! Nelson is in trouble!!! Nelson is saved by the bell!!! 10-9 Edwards

Rd 3 – Edwards takes the center. Nelson is switching his stances. Edwards is moving on the outside. He is waiting for a counter. Nelson times the entry and initiates the clinch against the fence. 1st min in, Nelson level changes and grabs the single leg. Edwards defends once again and separates. Edwards is dominating the wrestling exchanges. Nelson fires a right hand and clinches once again. He is looking desperate in his attacks. Edwards stops the takedown and separates. Nelson has a hard time cutting the movement of Edwards. Nelson closes the distance and clinches against the cage. Halfway in, Edwards reverses the position. Edwards trips Nelson down to the mat. However, Nelson is back to his feet. Edwards holds the body lock. Nelson separates the hands. Edwards lands an elbow on the separation. Edwards has a lot of success with the Muay Thai elbows in this fight. Nelson fires a right hand and lands! Nelson follows the attack with the clinch. He level changes and scores a takedown! Nelson passes the guard and takes the mount! 1 min to go, Edwards is controlling the posture from the bottom. Nelson is passive from the top. 10-9 Nelson

WATCH FIGHT

JUNE 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 132 – VS DONALD CERRONE

RESULT – WON VIA 5th RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 –Edwards is in the southpaw stance. Cerrone is in the orthodox. Cerrone takes the outside position. Edwards closes the distance and connects with a hard kick to the body. Nice leg kick lands for Cerrone. Edwards moves forward and connects with a stiff jab. Edwards continues his attack with the clinch He is working hard for the takedown. 1st min in, Cerrone already has a big cut over his right eye. Edwards controls Cerrone in the clinch. Edwards lands a huge elbow on the separation! Cerrone is missing with a lot of punches. Edwards is finding his rhythm. Cerrone has a hard time finding his timing. He pushes forward and initiates the clinch. Edwards starts unloading with the Muay Thai knees to the body. Halfway in, Edwards separates from the clinch. Edwards goes high with the kick, blocked by Cerrone. Edwards is looking confident. He is showing great movement. Edwards is busy with the kicks. Cerrone stays flat footed, he is an easy target. Both fighters are patient. 1 min to go, Edwards is throwing a lot of faints. Cerrone is not checking the kicks. Edwards establishes the jab. Cerrone has a hard time closing the distance. 10-9 Edwards

Rd 2 – Cerrone opens the round with a leg kick. He comes out aggressive and starts mixing up his attacks. Big body kick lands for Edwards! Both fighters exchange body kicks. Edwards moves in and lands a couple of nice elbows! He is looking very relaxed and focused. 1st min in, Edwards is dominating the fight on the feet. Edwards is switching his stances. Cerrone moves forward and initiates the clinch against the fence. Cerrone grabs the single leg and starts working for a takedown. Edwards is busy with the elbows. He reverses the clinch position and lands a big elbow on the separation. Edwards continues with the aggressive momentum and lands a couple of hard kicks to the body. Halfway in, Cerrone responds with the nice right hand. Edwards is showing great movement. Edwards is patient and waiting for a counter. Cerrone moves in and connects with a two-punch combo over the top. 1 min to go, Cerrone lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight. Edwards recovers and the fight continues in the center. Cerrone is throwing a lot of faints. Edwards continues to destroy the body of Cerrone with the kicks. Cerrone level changes and shoots for a takedown but Edwards is showing great wrestling defense. Cerrone connects with the head kick on the separation! Edwards absorbs the kick well. 10-9 Edwards

Rd 3 – Cerrone comes with a lot movement. Cerrone closes the distance and eats a big right hand! Cerrone continues with the forward pressure and lands a beautiful punching combination. His confidence is on the rise. Edwards explodes and connects with the stiff one-two combination! 1st min in, Cerrone has a hard time defending the punches over the top so far. Cerrone connects with a big uppercut! Edwards shows his durability. Edwards charges forward with the punches. Cerrone level changes and initiates the clinch. Halfway in, Edwards separates. Cerrone shoots for a takedown once again. Edwards easily defends and continues to keep his distance with the jab. Cerrone initiates another clinch. Edwards separates. 1 min to go, Both fighters are slowing down. Cerrone pushes for another clinch. Edwards pushes him away. Edwards drops his hands low and starts provoking Cerrone. Cerrone pushes forward and eats a hard right counter hook.  10-9 Cerrone

Rd 4 – Both fighters are patient at the beginning of the round. Cerrone fires a leg kick. Edwards counters with a straight left hand and lands. Edwards explodes with a big body kick. 1st min in, Edwards is doing a good job countering and timing the kicks of Cerrone. Edwards fires a head kick, just misses. Cerrone ducks under and initiates the clinch. He is looking to tire Edwards out. Edwards separates and they are back in the center. Cerrone charges forward with the punches but misses with all of them. Cerrone is looking frustrated. Halfway in, both fighters exchange leg kicks. Cerrone starts walking Edwards down. He is feeling confident. Cerrone pushes for a clinch and eats a right hand. Edwards is back against the fence. Cerrone grabs the single leg and drags Edwards down to the mat. Edwards explodes back to his feet but Cerrone continues with the pressure. Edwards lands a nice right elbow on the separation. Edwards is looking very strong in the clinch. 1 min to go Edwards explodes with the kick to the body. Cerrone times the kick and lands a right hand over the top. Cerrone is really aggressive, he doesn’t like the waiting game. Cerrone goes high with the kick as the round ends, just misses. 10-9 Cerrone

Rd 5 – Edwards takes the center. Both fighters are light on their feet. Cerrone now takes the center and starts working with the kicks. Hard side kick to the body lands for Cerrone. Edwards is patient and waiting for a counter. 1st min in, Edwards is constantly moving on the outside. Cerrone has a hard time cutting the movement of Edwards. He is exploding with the punches but he is too far behind. Edwards is provoking Cerrone, he is constantly talking to him. Halfway in, Edwards catches the kick and pushes Cerrone away. Both fighters are showing great conditioning. Cerrone closes the distance and takes the body lock. Cerrone drags Edwards down to the mat! Big takedown for Cerrone. He is in the half guard position. 1min to go, Edwards uses the fence and manages to stand up. He establishes the forward pressure and starts landing the leg kicks. Both fighters exchange leg kicks. Both fighters start to exchange wildly in the last ten seconds of the fight! Edwards has won the exchange with a couple of clean straight punches. 10-9 Edwards

 

WATCH FIGHT

march 2017 – vs vicente luque

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd rd un dec

Analysis
Rd 1 – Edwards takes the middle. Edwards trying to establish jab. They exchange in the middle. Good pace to the fight thus far. Similar boxing skills thus far. Both throwing 1 2’s. Luque looks for the takedown, Edwards defends. He reverses position and now controls Luque against the cage. Halfway. They break. Edwards body kick lands flush, head kick blocked. They exchange, clinch, and Luque gets the trip takedown. 90 seconds to go. Edwards trying to scramble up, but Luque still in top position and able to control for the remainder. 10 – 9 Luque.

Rd 2 – Edwards ducks the punch, they clinch, Edwards able to outmuscle Luque to the mat. They scramble for position, Luque able to stand. Edwards controls, but Luque reverses position and now he controls Edwards against the cage. 2 mins in and Luque with outside position as he looks for a single leg pressed against the cage. Ref breaks them. Boyd kick lands lush for Edwards. Step in knee blocked, but he moves in to clinch again, getting double unders and tripping Luque to the mat. 2 mins to go. Edwards controls doing minimal damage. Under a minute to go and the ref stands them. Body kick lands again for Edwards as Luque comes forward. Level change and Edwards takes Luque to the cage. 10 – 9 Edwards.

Rd 3 – Edwards lands a body kick as Luque comes forward very aggressive tucking his chin as he swings. Luque instigates the clinch against the cage, Edwards able to take the back, tries for a hook, but Luque reverses back. They scramble, Edwards on the back, Luque reverses back and they stand. Edwards landing the cleaner boxing at good speed and volume. They clinch against the cage again. Halfway.  Edwards creating space and teeing off with 1 2’s as Luque covers up. Step in knee lands for Edwards. Luque very gassed now. Edwards shoots for a double against the cage, they’re now clinched. 1 min to go. Edwards dropped for a single, defended. Luque comes forward aggressive doing to the body with hooks, Edwards still game landing back. Another body kick lands for Edwards, and hes able to get a takedown to end the round and fight. 10 – 9 Edwards.

 

October 2016 –  VS albert tumenov

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd rd sub rnc

Analysis
Rd 1 – Edwards comes forward. Head kick blocked. Tumenov patient as he stalks. Edwards briefly gets s trip takedown, Tumenov scrambles up, but Edwards still with double unders. Edwards controlling Tumenov against the cage. Trip takedown, but Tumenov back up. Another trip takedown final puts Tumenov on his back. Edwards stull has double unders. 2 mins in. Half guard as Edwards transitions. Now into Tumenov guard. Halfway. Side control and pass to mount for Edwards. 2 mins to go. Tumenov trying to scramble but Edwards grappling is superior. Little damage being done. Tumenov scrambles and they’re back standing. Edwards still pressuring, gets double leg takedown. As Tumenov scrambles up, Edwards takes the back. 1 hook in. Edwards controls for the remainder. 10 – 9 Edwards

Rd 2– Tumenov pressuring, a couple punches miss. Edwards circling away. Body kick lands for Edwards. Tumenov continues to pressure. More punches miss. Edwards not offering much offence as Tumenov lands a flush uppercut. Edwards pace appears to have slowed. Level change and takedown attempt stuffed. Tumenov lands a couple better punches as Edwards circles. Halfway. Tumenov slowly pressures. Left hook partially blocked by Edwards. Edwards circling well. Edwards looking to pop his jab and move. Tumenov not throwing enough when he has Edwards backed up to the cage. Nice combo from Edwards. Strong left hook lands for Tumenov. Both men being patient and methodical in their striking. Couple big punches land for Tumenov to end the round. 10 – 9 Tumenov.

Rd 3 – Tumenov comes forward. Straight right sneaks through Edwards defence. Edwards attempting to establish his jab, but not connecting. Tumenov pressure with a couple punches. Not much being thrown or landing from wither fighter. 2 mins in. Tumenov body kick is caught, he displays good balance and then scrambles but Edwards manage to get on his back and take him to the mat. Edwards has the RNC sunk in, he tightens it and Tumenov taps!!

MAY 2016 – Vs dominc waters

RESULT – WON VIA 3 rd un dec

Analysis
Rd 1 – Edwards takes the middle. A lot of feinting from Waters. He steps into the pockets gets double unders and trips Edwards to the mat. Edwards scrambles up and trips Waters to the mat. 1 min in. Waters electing to close guard. 90 seconds in. Waters looking for a triangle. Edwards stands to shake him off and they’re back standing. Edwards just misses with a times knee as Waters dive In for a takedown, he sprawls and controls from behind. Halfway. Edwards displaying good grappling as he controls and transitions to mount, very slick. 90 seconds to go. Waters does well to not absorb too much damage. 10 – 9 Edwards

Rd 2 – Edwards takes the middle. Waters comes in wild again, and Edwards is able to side step, getting double unders from behind and tripping Waters back to the mat. 1 min in and Edwards doing good work in half guard. Edwards passes to side back to half. Ref decides to stand them. Waters push kick forces Edwards back, instinctually Edwards just misses with a flying knee as Waters shoots in again, Edwards controlling the clinch against the cage. They break. 2 mins to go. Edwards being patient as he slowly walks Waters down. Sharp right straight wobbles Waters. Level change from Waters, he cant get the takedown as they go to the cage. Double unders from Waters, but Edwards continues to display good takedown defence. Waters finally outmuscles Edwards throwing him to the mat, Edwards scrambles up, but a huge slam from Waters puts him back down. Closer round. 10 – 9 Edwards.

Rd 3 – Edwards takes the middle. Head kick lands for Edwards, Waters eats it. Less movement from Waters now. Waters fakes the punch and shoots for a double, its not clean but hes able to force Edwards to the mat. 1 min in. Not much damage done, as Edwards gets back to his feet with 3 mins to go. Waters shoots, sprawl. Halfway. Edwards slowly pressuring single strikes only. Step in knee lands. Waters shoots in, Edwards defends as they go to the cage. Edwards tries a hip toss they briefly hit the mat but back up with Waters still controlling. Nothing being thrown from Waters. Edwards finds some space and lands a knee to the body, before he stuffs a Waters takedown attempt. 30 seconds to go. Edwards controls position to see out the fight. 10 – 9 Waters.

DECEMBER 2015 – VS KAMARU USMAN

RESULT – Lost via 3 rd un dec

Analysis
Rd 1 – Couple push kicks from Edwards, but Usman closes distance and gets a hold of him. Edwards does well to circles, staying off the cage, and Usman loses his grip. Usman shoots again for a single. Switches to a double. Usman continues to control Edwards against the cage. Edwards avoid ths takedown and circles out. Nice overhand right then left head kick from Edwards. Short elbow in the clinch lands for Usman. Edwards with the faster hands as he come in then exits the pocket. Nice. Usman shoots for a double, using the cage gets Edwards down. He needed that. Usman controlling, Edwards looking for opportunities, Edwards has a triangle, though more defensive then offensive. They break free and stand. Knee to the body lands for Edwards to end the round. 10 -9 Edwards.

Rd 2 – Head kick blocked for Usman. Edwards catches the kick but doesn’t do anything with it. Usman explodes with power hooks, Edwards looks rocked. Usman shoots and puts Edwards on his back. Poor control, and Edwards back up. Usman still has the back. Edwards spins round. Edwards very technical. Edwards reverses position and controls Usman against the cage. Ref separates them. Nice kick punch from Edwards. Usman swinging power. Usman fakes the takedown comes up with a punch. Hooks land for Usman. They clinch, exchanging knees to the body. Usman drags Edwards to the mat and closes the round doing minimal damage, as Edwards gets back up. 10 – 9 Usman.

Rd 3 – Good knee up the middle for Edwards. Usman shoots and gets the power takedown. The less time Usman is forced to strike, the more his energy goes up. Edwards gets up, but he looks exhausted, as Usman continues to control against the cage. 2 mins left and Edwards goes for a guillotine, Usman drops down into half guard and Edwards lets go. Usman has the back. Usman drags Edwards down, and landing big shots now. Edwards holding onto the cage. 10 – 8 Usman.

NOVEMBER 2014 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 56 – VS CLAUDIO SILVA

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (SPLIT)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the southpaw stance. Silva comes out aggressive and immediately fires a right hand. He follows the attack with a kick to the body. Edwards responds with a flying knee. Silva catches the leg and slams Edwards down to the mat! Silva takes the half guard position. Edwards is controlling the posture from the bottom. 1st min in, Edwards is looking relaxed, he is working for his way up. Silva is displaying good top control. Silva lands a couple of hard hammer fists! Edwards sees the chance and explodes back to his feet. Edwards switches to the orthodox stance. Stiff jab lands for Edwards. He is putting pressure on Silva. Silva explodes and lands a left hook. Halfway in, Silva fires a two-punch combo and dives for a double leg. Silva takes the body lock and drags Edwards down to the mat. Edwards scrambles and manages to reverse the position. Edwards is in the half guard position. Silva scrambles and stands up. Edwards is walking Silva down. Silva fires a straight left hand and loses his balance. Edwards follows him with a couple of punches and they are back in the center. 1 min to go, Edwards is the aggressor. He just misses with power uppercut. Silva is slowing down. He is breathing heavily. Edwards moves forward and eats a counter right hook. Edwards is patient and waits for the perfect opportunity. He initiates the clinch against the fence. Nice knees to the body by Edwards. 10-9 Silva

Rd 2 – Edwards takes the center. Silva moves forward with the punches but eats a hard right hand! Silva lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight as Edwards recovers. The fight continues in the center. Hard leg kick lands for Silva! He is looking confident. Edwards is working behind the jab. Silva comes in but eats another hard right! Silva is overcommitting on his punches. Edwards catches the kick but fails to score a takedown. Edwards is doing a good job countering the attacks. 1st min in, Silva dives for a single leg. Edwards easily defends the takedown. Silva starts to look desperate in his attacks. Edwards is patient. He catches another kick and lands a counter left over the top. Silva is flat-footed in this round. Edwards is looking more relaxed. Edwards catches another kick. Silva is constantly telegraphing his kicks. Halfway in, Hard step in hook to the body lands for Edwards! He is much faster during the exchanges. Silva pushes forward but eats a hard overhand left! Silva is looking very predictable. Silva eats another two counter right hands! Edwards is looking sharp and confident. He is very accurate with the counter punches. Silva is looking desperate in his attacks. Silva closes the distance and takes the body lock. He is working for a takedown against the fence. 1 min to go, Silva trips Edwards down to the mat. He takes a mount position! Silva is exploding with the punches! Edwards rolls and gives his back to Silva! Silva is working for the rear-naked choke! Edwards is defending well. 10-9 Edwards

Rd 3 – Edwards takes the center and lands a stiff jab. Silva rushes in and scores a double leg takedown. Strong start of the round by Silva. Silva is in the half guard position. He passes the guard and takes the side control position. 1st min in, Edwards is looking relaxed. Silva is busy with the knees to the body. Both fighters are looking tired. Edwards scrambles from the bottom. Silva makes a transition to the half guard. Fighters are passive on the mat. Silva slowly passes the guard and takes the full mount position! Edwards is in trouble! Halfway in, Silva is landing hard hammer fists! Edwards is trying to escape. Silva has both hooks in. Edwards is looking exhausted. Silva is destroying him from the beginning of the round. Silva postures and lands a couple of hard punches! 1 min to go, Silva is trying to set up the kata gatame choke! Edwards escapes and rolls over to take the top position! Great move by Edwards! He is in the guard position. Silva scrambles from the bottom and tries to set up the armbar! Edwards escapes and stands up. Both fighters are on their feet. Edwards is walking Silva down. Straight left hand lands for Edwards. Big right lands for Edwards! 10-9  Silva

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RECORD BREAKDOWN

16 MATCHES 13 WINS 3 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 5 0
SUBMISSION 3 0
DECISION 5 2
DQ  1
NO CONTEST

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