American martial artist

Justin Ross Edwards (born January 26, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Edwards has also formerly competed for the UFC, Bellator, and was a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos and The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption.



Edwards grew up in Mansfield, Ohio, attending Madison High School. There he participated in football and wrestling. Edwards also did Greco-Roman wrestling that was not affiliated with his school. Upon graduating Edwards earned an athletic scholarship to play football at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio. Edwards graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Criminal Justice. After graduating college Edwards picked up rugby until his work schedule wouldn’t allow him to play.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


Edwards started training MMA in 2006 after seeing an MMA fight on television, and began training at a local gym the following day. In October 2006, Edwards made his amateur debut, winning via submission. He won his next five amateur fights, holding an undefeated 6–0 record before losing three straight fights and then deciding to go pro.

Early career[edit]

Edwards made his pro debut with a 30 second TKO win over Ultimate Fighter alumni, Josh Rafferty. His next bout took place at Bellator 5 against veteran John Troyer. Edwards won the fight via submission towards the end of round one. He then entered a one night tournament for the International Fighting Championship, winning the tournament with wins over Davarius Scaife and Daniel Stittgen – both via first round submission. Edwards won two more fights before appearing on The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In 2011, Edwards had signed with the UFC to compete in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos.

Edwards was flown in as a replacement fighter for Keon Caldwell, making Edwards a member of Team dos Santos. He had his first fight against eventual winner Tony Ferguson. Edwards lost after Ferguson threw an upkick that knocked him unconscious. He was set to appear in the wildcard round but was suspended 90 days and could not compete.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After losing in the preliminary round, Edwards remained signed after the show. He made his official UFC debut June 4, 2011 on The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale card, fighting against castmate, Clay Harvison.[2] He lost the fight via split decision.

Edwards faced highly-touted prospect and Wand Fight Team product, Jorge Lopez, on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25.[3] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Edwards stepped in to fight newly-signed Englishman, John Maguire, at UFC 138 in Birmingham, England, following the withdrawal of James Head due to injury.[4] After being taken down and controlled for most of the fight, Edwards lost via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).

Edwards was expected to face Mike Stumpf on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143.[5] However, Stumpf suffered an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Stephen Thompson.[6] Edwards was also forced to pull out of the bout and was replaced by Dan Stittgen.[7]

Edwards faced Josh Neer on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[8] Edwards leaped into an arm in guillotine and finished the fight 45 seconds into the first round via technical submission after choking Neer unconscious. The finish won him Submission of the Night honors.

Edwards was expected to face Gunnar Nelson on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald.[9] However, Edwards was forced to pull out of the bout citing an injury, and was replaced by returning veteran Jorge Santiago.[10]

Edwards faced promotional newcomer Brandon Thatch on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[11] He lost the bout via first round TKO.

Edwards faced Ramsey Nijem in a Lightweight bout on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35.[12] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Edwards was expected to face Yancy Medeiros on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177.[13] However, Edwards pulled out of the event in the days leading up to the event citing an injury. Medeiros ended up fighting promotional newcomer Damon Jackson.[14][15]

Edwards faced Joe Proctor on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68.[16] He lost the back-and-forth fight via submission with just seconds remaining in the final round.[17] Subsequently, he was released from the promotion.[18]

The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption[edit]

In February 2017, it was revealed that Edwards would again compete on the UFC’s reality show in the 25th season on The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption.[19] Edwards was the seventh pick overall for Team Garbrandt. He defeated Joe Stevenson in the opening round by unanimous decision. In the quarter finals Edwards lost to Tom Gallicchio by submission in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

See also[edit]


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  • ^ “John Maguire Gets New Opponent At UFC 138 In Justin Edwards”. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
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  • ^ “Justin Edwards injured, Dan Stittgen faces Stephen Thompson at UFC 143”. January 19, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
  • ^ “Neer-Edwards added to UFC on FX 5”. August 1, 2012. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012.
  • ^ “Gunnar Nelson vs. Justin Edwards added to UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London”. December 13, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
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  • ^ Staff (2013-06-05). “Justin Edwards-Brandon Thatch booked for UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indianapolis”. Archived from the original on 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
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  • ^ Staff (2014-07-14). “Justin Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros booked for UFC 177”. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  • ^ Staff (2014-08-21). “With Justin Edwards off UFC 177 card, promotion seeks replacement”. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  • ^ “Legacy champion Damon Jackson faces Yancy Medeiros at UFC 177”.
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