This Saturday sees Leon “Rocky” Edwards (14-3) face Peter Sobotta (17-5) at UFC Fight Night 127 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Currently on a four-fight win streak, #15 ranked welterweight Edwards has the opportunity to put on a show in his home country and make his way to a top ten opponent.
At the young age of 26, Edwards has slowly and steadily made his way through the division. The Jamaican born fighter is no stranger to championship level fighting, winning the BAMMA welterweight title in April 2014. “Rocky” Edwards followed up with an immediate title defense, knocking his opponent out in the third round. After putting on such a show, it was inevitable that a call from the big league was coming, and Edwards debuted for the UFC just two months later. Unfortunately, the first win didn’t come immediately, losing to Claudio Henrique de Silva by split decision. Never one to back down from a challenge, Edwards came back six months later with a devastating first-round knockout over Seth Baczynski in just eight seconds, the second fastest in the division’s history.
A lot of fans are surprised to hear that Edwards has been fighting in the UFC since November 14, 2014. Since his knockout over Baczynski, Edwards has fought six more times in the UFC, only losing to Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman which is nothing to be ashamed of. Now, Edwards has the opportunity to stand out of the crowd opening up the main card in London, showing the world what he’s made of on his home stage. Although an amazing opportunity for the young athlete, Edwards had hoped he would be facing a bigger name on Saturday. Speaking to The MMA Hour on Monday, Edwards expressed his feelings towards the level of his next opponent. Losing out on the Donald Cerrone fight to Darren Till, Edwards had hoped a top ten guy would have been up for grabs this weekend. However, he faces UFC veteran Peter Sobotta on his second run in the organization.
Moving past Sobotta
The key to Edward’s victory is in his striking. With ten submissions under his belt, Sobotta could look to sneak the fight to the ground and end Edwards hype train. However, Edwards knows how to keep out of trouble and has a magnitude of slick combinations to throw at his opponent. The keys to victory will be speed and distance management, things “Rocky” Edwards has been perfecting over the last seven years as a professional. Leon Edwards is certainly one to watch, with an arsenal of weapons under his belt we could be in for a real treat Saturday night.
If the Birmingham resident can follow through this weekend, we could be looking at a superstar in the making. A four-fight win streak is no mean feat, not to mind in one of the most dangerous divisions in the organization. If this streak can continue, who knows what could be next?
Prediction: – Leon Edwards – Round 2 KO/TKO