The UFC is one of the fastest-growing sports companies in the world, and one of the athletes that is at the front of the latest wave of talented combat fighters is Birmingham’s own Leon Edwards.
UFC returns to London later in the year, and many of the locals around Birmingham will be buzzing that Edwards is on the card. The MMA star was originally born in Kingston, Jamaica, but was raised in Erdington. Eagle-eyed viewers of the UFC that have watched Edwards in action will be aware of his pride for the city, as the announcer states that he is fighting out of Erdington, Birmingham when he makes his way to the ring.
Excellent UFC Record
The 28-year-old has been fighting professionally since 2018. He made his name with BAMMA, where he won the Welterweight Championship. Edwards’ talents were immediately spotted by the UFC, and he fought for the first time with the company in 2014.
His form while in the UFC has been excellent and he is currently ranked as the fourth-best welterweight in the rankings. His first fight in the UFC ended in defeat, but he battled back in true Birmingham style by knocking out Seth Baczynski in eight seconds. Since then he has won nine of his ten fights in the UFC. His record is impressive as he has only lost three of his 21 bouts.
Fans won’t have to wait much longer to see him back in the octagon as he takes on Tyron Woodley at UFC Fight Night 171 on March 21st. He will have amazing support on that occasion as he main events the big night of action at the O2 Arena. Tickets are released next week, but you can catch all the action on BT Sport if you aren’t able to get a ticket for the big night of UFC.