So far as brothers go in MMA historical past, there’s a reasonably lengthy checklist of excellent ones.
The legendary ones? That’s a a lot shorter checklist. You’d have to incorporate the Gracies, the Shamrocks, the Nogueira twins and, in fact, probably the most well-known of all of them, the Diaz brothers – Nick and Nate.
Within the UK, the Edwards brothers could be the primary English brothers to try to take over the sport.
Each Jamaican-born, they moved over to Birmingham, England when Leon was 9 and Fabian was seven.
Leon has surged to 18-Three in his MMA profession and forward of his showdown this Saturday towards Belal Muhammad, he’s on an eight-fight profitable streak that solely Georges St-Pierre and Kamaru Usman have ever bettered at welterweight.
Fabian misplaced his final outing in Bellator by way of break up choice, however previous to that he was a pristne 9-Zero and seemingly destined for the middleweight title.
When Edwards spoke to talkSPORT in early 2020, previous to the pandemic placing preventing on maintain for everybody, he admitted he’s been making an attempt to get his brother to signal with UFC for some time now.
“I’ve been making an attempt to get him for some time however I believe he’s having fun with his time in Bellator.
“He desires to be a world champion in Bellator first. From talking to him, he desires to realize that objective first – he’s so shut, most likely this yr he’ll combat for a world title – so, let him obtain that objective first after which come to the UFC.”
When he lastly makes the transfer to sit down alongside Leon, may they headline a UFC London card as England’s proud sons?
“Nah, a Birmingham card collectively! How good would that be? It’ll occur, it’ll occur. He’s 26, he’s obtained time on his fingers. It’ll occur sooner or later for positive.”
They’re doing all the best issues to garner the respect that goes a great distance within the combat sport.
At this level, you possibly can argue they’ve higher information than the Diaz brothers did. Nick was a Strikeforce champion, however what makes the Diaz brothers particular is their anytime, anyplace mentality.
Nick and Nate aren’t probably the most embellished stars in UFC historical past, however everybody desires to combat each of them. It’s an enormous title to have in your CV if you may get in there with the Diaz brothers. They do issues their very own method and so they’re the identical guys from Stockton, California who educated beneath the Gracie brothers.
The Edwards brothers are simply as gritty and proud. Their father was shot and killed in a nightclub by the point the pair have been barely youngsters and to flee the tough streets of Birmingham, their mom guided them in direction of MMA.
Now, Leon is the fighter everybody desires to duck at welterweight. He has incessantly referred to as the highest fighters out however has had a irritating time getting anybody to comply with face him.
Now, Dana White has promised him a title shot if he defeats Muhammad on Saturday in Las Vegas.
For Fabian, he must get again within the win column and sitting at quantity 10 within the middleweight rankings means he solely wants a few wins to move in direction of the title he so wishes.
In accordance with Leon it’s a matter of time earlier than the brothers are competing within the UFC. They will create their very own legacy, identical to the Diaz brothers did. Whereas they’re in a roundabout way comparable, they’ve the identical love for the combat sport and guts for positive.
Each Edwards brothers prepare out of Staff Renegade BJJ & MMA with the likes of fellow UFC fighters Jai Herbert and Tom Breese.