Leon Edwards: Record, next fight, KOs, height and everything you need to know

All Leon “Rocky” Edwards’ key professional statistics including next fight, record and best knockouts.

By George Mills Published: 22 August 2022 - 11.39am

One of the UK’s most underappreciated fighters is finally getting his flowers after dethroning the dominant welterweight force that is Kamaru Usman to lift the welterweight crown at UFC 278.

Leon Edwards is Britain's second ever UFC champion, following in the footsteps of Michael Bisping's middleweight triumph some years ago, after he produced one of the most incredible finishes in UFC history to knock Usman out cold in the final round.

Edwards has been a mainstay of British MMA in the UFC since joining the company in 2014, signing for the sport’s biggest promotion as the reigning BAMMA Welterweight champion almost eight years ago.

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He was beaten on his debut in a split decision loss to Brazil’s Claudio “Hannibal” Silva but bounced back immediately on his next Octagon assignment, knocking out Seth Baczynski after just eight seconds with a cracking left hook.

That remains the sixth-fastest finish in the history of the UFC and the fastest ever by a British fighter in the promotion.

A subsequent unanimous decision win over Pavel Pawlak then paved the way for a career-defining showdown against the eventual champion, Kamaru Usman, in December 2015.

Buried on the early prelims of the card, UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs Cowboy 2 in Orlando, Florida, the fight went Usman’s way on the scorecards after a competitive three-round scrap that saw a raw Edwards come up against the better man on the night.

However, that would be the last time 30-year-old Edwards tasted defeat with the man nicknamed “Rocky” fighting back to quietly piece together one of the promotion’s longest undefeated streaks.

Today, that run now stands at 11 and includes the high-profile scalps of Usman, Nate Diaz, Rafael dos Anjos, Cowboy Cerrone and Vicente Luque.

Edwards’ preference to let his fists, rather than his mouth, do the talking probably hindered his progress up the welterweight rankings in recent years.

But as one of Britain’s flagship exports in the world of MMA, Edwards has now finally been getting the recognition his recent endeavours have deserved as the new undisputed champion of the world.

Leon Edwards: Record

Leon Edwards’ record stand at 20 wins, 3 losses and 1 no contest.

Only two of those losses have come in the UFC, one to Claudio Silva on debut in November 2014 and the other to the man who would become champion, Kamaru Usman in December 2015.

He’s racked up 12 wins in the UFC, defeating high calibre opposition such as pound-for-pound king Usman, former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson, Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz.

The lone ‘no-contest’ on his record came after an unfortunate eye poke ended his 2021 showdown against Belal Muhammad in the second round, putting the brakes on what was shaping up to be an impressive performance from the Brit.

Only former champ Usman had a longer active undefeated record in the welterweight division than Edwards - but now Edwards' 11-fight unbeaten streak sees him become the most in-form man in the division.

Leon Edwards: Next fight

Edwards looks set for an immediate rematch against Usman sometime in early 2023 after promising the "Nigerian Nightmare" the pair could settle their rivalry with an unmissable trilogy bout.

UFC boss Dana White confirmed the bout would be headed for British shores - even suggesting Wembley Stadium as a potential home for the fight.

Leon Edwards: Knockouts

Not renowned as a fighter reliant on huge knockout power, Edwards’ list of UFC stoppages is short but contains some jaw-dropping achievements.

In April 2015, he recorded the sixth-fastest KO in UFC history as he bounced back from defeat on debut against Claudio Silva to halt Seth Baczynski in lightning-fast time.

And at UFC 278, Edwards produced arguably the most shocking and memorable finish in the history of the promotion as he stunned Kamaru Usman with brutal head kick knockout to snatch the 170lb belt from his grasp.

An October 2016 rear-naked choke submission win against Albert Tumenov and his March 2018 TKO win against Peter Sobotta are the only other finishes Edwards has recorded in the UFC.

Leon Edwards: Height

The Jamaican-born star is listed as 6ft on the nose, making him around average height among his welterweight peers.

His reach is listed as 74in.

Leon Edwards: Weight

Edwards has campaigned at the 170lb welterweight limit for all but one of his 24 career bouts.

The exception was a middleweight debut in only his second pro fight as he defeated Pawel Zwiefka in November 2011.