Watch: This Electrifying Leon Edwards Promo Will Hype You Up

Published 03/10/2020, 3:54 PM EDT


With UFC 248 done and dusted and time remaining for UFC 249, the tournament’s public relations team is trying to make sure that the audience remains pumped for the action in between. Consequently, it dropped an amazing promo on Leon Edwards. “Rocky” will fight Tyron Woodley on 21st March.

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Leon Edwards is a forgotten star in a stacked UFC Welterweight division. The Jamaican-born fighter is riding an eight-fight win streak, racking up wins over the likes of Gunnar Nelson, Donald Cerrone and former champ Rafael Dos Anjos. Unfortunately, his name does not receive the hype it deserves.

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A Birmingham native, Leon moved to the UK when he was just five or six years old. He had a rather tough childhood as his family struggled financially. He got mixed up with the culture of gangs at a young age, which veered him down the wrong path.

But Edwards found solace in football as a teenager. As he grew up, the love for football switched towards MMA, paving his way towards the UFC. And now, he may just be one step away from knocking on the doors of UFC gold.

Leon Edwards vs Tyron Woodley may serve as the No. 1 challenger fight

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Edwards will face former champ Tyron Woodley in the headliner of UFC London. If he can get past Woodley, he may very well punch his ticket to a title fight. The fighter has already fought against and successfully defeated most fighters in the rankings, except the top 5.

Leon’s contemporaries rose fast in the 170-pound division, leaving the British fighter behind. Recently, Jorge Masvidal’s stock rose immensely last year because of his backstage brawl with Leon Edwards. Meanwhile, Colby Covington is always the centre of attention with his verbal tactics. And if all of this wasn’t enough, Conor McGregor made his return to the Octagon by moving up to welterweight.

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Leon’s wrestling dominated style of fighting is also not the type that grabs the attention of a casual viewer. His win streak is full of fights that are classified as ‘wet blankets’. Despite his disadvantages, the fighter will undoubtedly make some interesting ripples once he finds his footing in the UFC arena.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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