January 31, 2023
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UFC Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards Shares Exercise Routine

LEON ‘ROCKY’ EDWARDS WAS by no means purported to be the champ—a minimum of not for anybody who wasn’t able to imagine in him. He entered his UFC 273 primary occasion matchup with reigning Welterweight title-holder Kamaru Usman as a steep underdog. Usman was broadly thought-about the highest fighter in any division, ranked primary within the promotion’s pound-for-pound rankings (and had overwhelmed Edwards of their first assembly again in 2015). Edwards spent a lot of the battle trailing on the judges playing cards however made it to the ultimate, championship spherical. With a minute left, knocked out Usman with a excessive kick, some of the thrilling—and surprising—finishes within the UFC in 2022.

This end result wasn’t surprising to Edwards, who turned the UFC’s first Jamaican-born champion and solely the second based mostly out of England together with his victory, in response to ESPN. He spent the post-fight interview reveling in being confirmed proper, calling on his doubters and detractors to acknowledge his victory and all of the work he put in to perform his objective.

Edwards’ knockout blow wasn’t one fortunate shot. He was conditioned and able to each go the gap to the ultimate spherical and be within the excellent place to throw one among his favourite strikes, the excessive kick. “I’ve at all times been good at kicking, for some cause,” Edwards instructed the Males’s Well being crew once we caught up with him at UFC Gymnasium Hoboken. When he began combined martial arts at age 17 as a method to focus his vitality to keep away from entering into bother, he gravitated towards kickboxing. He added different disciplines through the years, like jiu jitsu, however he nonetheless loves putting. That love has paid off, as anybody who watched him win his belt can attest. “I really feel a knockout is significantly better than a submission,” he stated, laughing.

However the method was solely half Edwards’ massive win. His conditioning and power allowed him to seek out the proper opening for his strike. Right here, the reigning UFC champ breaks down the power coaching routine he makes use of to remain in form outdoors the Octagon—in order that he can proceed dealing out knockout kicks within it.

Leon Edwards’ Weight Room Exercise



5 minutes

The Exercise

Chest and Again Superset

Carry out these workouts back-to-back with little to no relaxation. Repeat for 3 to 4 whole rounds.

Bench Press

20 reps

Incline Dumbbell Row

20 reps

Posterior Chain Superset

Carry out these workouts back-to-back with little to no relaxation. Repeat for 3 to 4 whole rounds.

Lure Bar Deadlift

20 reps

Med Ball Slams

20 reps


Stationary Assault Bike

5 units of 10 second sprints. Relaxation for 20 seconds between sprints.

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Brett Williams, a health editor at Males’s Well being, is a NASM-CPT licensed coach and former professional soccer participant and tech reporter who splits his exercise time between power and conditioning coaching, martial arts, and working. You’ll find his work elsewhere at Mashable, Thrillist, and different retailers.

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