This Saturday the UFC will give us what should be a very entertaining welterweight fight between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad. Edwards was born in Kingston, Jamaica but he moved to England at nine years old. After losing his father when he was 14, he got involved in drug dealing, street fighting and knife possession but mixed martial arts helped him find purpose when he turned 17. Edwards fought at different promotions in the UK and he’s currently on a seven-fight winning streak.
“Rocky” Edwards is 9-2 in the UFC, with his only losses being a split decision against Claudio Silva at UFC Fight Night 56 on November 8, 2014 and a unanimous decision against current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. In that fight Edwards pushed Usman to the limit. Edwards is coming off decision wins against Donald Cerrone, Gunnar Nelson and Rafael dos Anjos but his last fight was on July 20, 2019. Edwards’ body of work speaks for itself but has he remained consistent in his training during his extended layoff?
Born: August 25, 1991
Weight: 170 lbs
Association: Team Renegade
Belal Muhammad will step up to face Leon Edwards in the biggest fight of his career. Muhammad is replacing Khamzat Chimaev, who pulled out because of lingering effects from his COVID-19 diagnosis. He is coming off a unanimous decision win against Dhiego Lima at UFC 258 on February 13, his fourth straight victory.
He debuted with the UFC against Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez on July 7, 2016 and while he lost by unanimous decision, his iron chin and aggressive fighting style impressed everyone. Muhammad has only been stopped once in his career… in the first round against Vicente Luque at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016. “Remember the Name” can’t be overlooked, he’s won three of his last four fights by unanimous decision and he comes in with a chip on his shoulder.
Born: July 9, 1988
Country: United States
Weight: 170 lbs