Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards Lands On UFC Fight Night London
By Ross Markey
Tyron Woodley returns for the first time since title loss this December.
A welterweight title eliminator between former champion Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley and surging contender Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards has been added to UFC Fight Night London, and will serve as the event’s headliner. News of the high-profile pairing was initially reported by MMA Junkie writer, Mike Bohn.
Woodley, who lost the title to current champion Kamaru Usman in March, was scheduled to meet Robbie Lawler in a rematch in June, until a hand injury forced him from the contest with his former foe.
Birmingham native Leon Edwards, has amassed eight straight wins in the division, the second-longest active win streak behind Usman, a man he looks to avenge a 2015 loss to. Edwards most recently secured a dominant unanimous decision victory over Rafael dos Anjos, picking up a remarkable 50-45 score on one judge’s scorecard.
St. Louis native Woodley, successfully defended the welterweight strap three times before the overwhelming defeat to Usman, and has his eyes set on reclaiming the throne from either ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. A clash with Woodley was a foregone conclusion for Edwards, and in his words, the only fight he would accept if Covington was selected for a welterweight title tilt in December.
UFC Fight Night London, will take place from The O2 Arena on March 21st. with a welterweight pairing between Woodley and Edwards taking headlining honors.
In more action at 170-pounds, former Cage Warriors kingpin, Nicolas Dalby, returns to action on British soil, as he takes on Danny Roberts. Darren ‘The Dentist’ Stewart will take on Marvin Vettori also.
At light heavyweight, Paul Craig makes his return to the U.K. as he takes on surging contender, Ryan Spann.
In flyweight action, Molly McCann meets Ashlee Evans-Smith.
At middleweight, John Phillips takes on Dusko Todorov. In our only heavyweight tie so far, Tom Aspinall clashes with Raphael Pessoa Nunes.