Leon Edwards Details Why He Left Jamaica To Move To England

Published 05/29/2021, 1:08 PM EDT
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 19: Leon Edwards of Jamaica poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio on July 19, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC welterweight fighter Leon Edwards is gearing up for his clash with Nate Diaz at UFC 263. The fight was initially scheduled for UFC 262, but a minor injury sustained by Diaz resulted in a shift of events.

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While Leon is one of the best fighters in the division and lives a peaceful life now, it was not the case earlier during his childhood. He had his fair share of struggles in Jamaica, the country of his origin.

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He spoke in an interview about how he was brought up in a toxic environment surrounded by gangsters. But despite all that, his mother kept him and his brother under her protection.

Edward’s parents separated when he was 6 years old. His father moved to England, leaving behind his wife and sons for a better life.

“Some men would have forgotten about it (family) and moved on, you know. I’m grateful to my dad and grateful she is to my dad. He is a wise man, and he did what he needed to do for his family and he didn’t leave his family and that’s good,” he added.

After some time, the family got away from the toxic environment. They moved to a calmer and peaceful place in Ashton, England.

Edwards recalled how it was all new for him. The climate was cold, and the city was big. “Like I said, I knew all from T.V that it would be a safer way to live in and grow up and that’s what my father thought and I should thank him for bringing his family to the UK,” he concluded.

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‘Rocky’ Edwards is on a roll with an undefeated streak stretching to 9 matches in UFC. His last loss came at the hands of the current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman way back in 2015.

He has picked up some impressive victories against the likes of Vicente Luque, ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, and Rafael dos Anjos.

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If he secures a win in his next fight against Diaz, he could be heading towards a championship match. And it could be either against Usman or Covington. Although that match (Usman vs Covington 2) is still not on the paper, it is still most likely to happen sometime later.

Is Edwards a step away from the championship match? Let us know.

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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