A new era for UK MMA

Leon Edwards has concluded his trilogy with Kamaru Usman via a Majority Decision, stamping another major moment for British Mixed Martial Arts into history.

The Jamaican-born Brit has proven himself at the top of the welterweight division, leading the new UK MMA era with established talents such as Tom Aspinall and Arnold Allen who are not far from a title shot in their own divisions. England could have multiple UFC world champions in the next 18 months, depending on how everything plays out.


British talent in the UFC doesn’t stop there, with established contenders such as Nathaniel Wood, Lerone Murphy, and Joanne Wood finding themselves on the cusp of a top 15 ranking, followed closely by a new generation breaking the mould such as Paddy Pimlett & Muhammad Mokaev who are making big waves in and out of the cage.


The British presence doesn’t end there, with Bellator standout Fabian Edwards (11-2-0) fighting in a title eliminator against Gegard Mousasi (49-8-2) to set up a fight against the 185lb champion Johnny Eblen (13-0-0). Fan favourite Michael ‘Venom’ Page is coming off a 1st round TKO of Goiti Yamauchi and is now looking back at the top of the welterweight tree.


Writing a comeback story for the ages, Brendan Loughnane has proven he is one of the top featherweights in the world after winning the gruelling PFL 2022 season by winning 4 fights in an 8-month period. He now puts his top ranking on the line against powerhouse Marlon Morales in the first fight of the 2023 regular season. Fans in the know will be keeping an eye out for Simeon Powell, Dakota Ditcheva, and Dominic Wooding in the inaugural 2023 PFL Europe Season.


Away from the world stage, standouts such as world champions George Hardwick & Paul Hughes lead the way on the European scene, with hot prospect Lone’er Kavanagh and British MMA pioneer Jimmy Wallhead both riding high waves of success in Europe’s premier promotion.


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