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Yves Edwards

Yves Edwards

Bahamian martial artist
Yves Edwards
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Bahamian martial artist
Is Athlete
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1976, Nassau, The Bahamas
Age 45 years
The details (from wikipedia)


Yves Ed'duvill Edwards (born September 30, 1976) is a retired Bahamian mixed martial artist, who is perhaps best known for competing in the UFC's Lightweight division, fighting 21 times in the promotion. A professional competitor since 1997, he has also formerly competed for PRIDE, the WEC, Strikeforce, Bellator, EliteXC, King of the Cage, BodogFIGHT, the MFC, and HDNet Fights. He is known as the first person to ever knock out former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson.


Edwards was born on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas and moved to Texas when he was 15 years old. Edwards began training in traditional karate in his youth, moving on to Kung Fu before eventually taking up mixed martial arts. This also led him to Muay Thai in order to improve his stand-up. Like many aspiring martial artists, Edwards cites Hong Kong cinema as a formative influence:

Based in Houston since his teens, Edwards says he learned some grappling on a trip back home to the Bahamas at the age of 17, although "it wasn't as technical as it should have been, but it was better than not getting anything." He is a well-rounded fighter, with a strong boxing background, having also trained with Lewis Wood, a #6 WBA Featherweight boxer. This is in addition to his experience in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, of which he says "I've never worn a gi 'cause I've always been competing".

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Edwards made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1997 and compiled a record of 18-5-1 before being signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting

Edwards made his UFC debut at UFC 33 against Matt Serra and was defeated via unanimous decision. He would then go 6-1 in his next seven appearances under the Zuffa banner.

At UFC 49, Edwards knocked out Josh Thomson by way of a spectacular flying head-kick. After the fight, commentator Mike Goldberg announced: "I will say right now, this kick has replaced Pete Williams on Mark Coleman as the greatest head kick knockout in UFC history." Due to the fact that the lightweight division had no current champion at the time, Edwards was regarded as "The Uncrowned Lightweight Champion of the UFC."


After two wins in the EliteXC promotion, Edwards lost to EliteXC Lightweight Champion K.J. Noons via KO in the first round in June 2008, and lost a unanimous decision to Duane Ludwig at Strikeforce: Destruction.

He rebounded with a submission victory against James Warfield in September 2009, and most recently defeated Kyle Jensen by way of TKO in the first round. Yves followed up that victory the following February with an impressive quick TKO of fellow UFC veteran Derrick Noble.

Return to the UFC

Edwards returned to the UFC against John Gunderson on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22, replacing Efrain Escudero who was promoted to the main card. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Edwards was expected to face Melvin Guillard on January 22, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 23, but Guillard was promoted to the main event against Evan Dunham after Kenny Florian was forced off the card with an injury. Edwards then faced replacement Cody McKenzie on the card, and won via rear naked choke in the second round earning Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night honors.

Edwards fought Sam Stout on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131 and was knocked out by an overhand left at 3:52 of the first round.

Edwards defeated Rafaello Oliveira via second round TKO on October 1, 2011 at UFC on Versus 6.

Edwards faced Tony Ferguson on December 3, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Edwards lost a unanimous decision to Ferguson in a back and forth fight.

Edwards was expected to face Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier on May 15, 2012. However, Edwards was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Jeremy Stephens.

Edwards was expected to face Jeremy Stephens on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. However, the bout was cancelled due to Stephens being arrested on the day of the event for an assault charge that dates back to 2011. The fight eventually took place on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5. Edwards won by knockout in the first round, being the first fighter to ever stop Stephens via strikes.

Edwards faced promotional newcomer Isaac Vallie-Flagg on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. He lost the fight via split decision.

Edwards was expected to face Spencer Fisher on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8. However, on July 11, Fisher was removed from the bout due to injury and replaced by Daron Cruickshank. He lost a split decision.

Edwards made his nineteenth UFC appearance when he took on Yancy Medeiros at UFC Fight For The Troops 3 on November 6, 2013. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round. The loss, however, was subsequently overturned to a No Contest when Medeiros tested positive for marijuana.

Edwards was expected to face Piotr Hallmann at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014. However, the bout was moved and took place on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42 instead. Edwards lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the third round.

Edwards faced Akbarh Arreola on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57. He lost the fight via armbar submission in the first round.

Following the loss, Edwards announced his official retirement from mixed martial arts, closing out his career after seventeen years.

Personal life

Edwards has a daughter named Destiny Edwards-Pomares and a son named Yvan.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Fight of the Night (Two time) vs. Joe Stevenson; Cody McKenzie
    • Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Jeremy Stephens
    • Submission of the Night (One time) vs. Cody McKenzie
    • HnS Middleweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 42–22–1 (1) Akbarh Arreola Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson 000000002014-11-22-0000November 22, 2014 1 1:52 Austin, Texas, United States
Loss 42–21–1 (1) Piotr Hallmann Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov 000000002014-06-07-0000June 7, 2014 3 2:31 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
NC 42–20–1 (1) Yancy Medeiros No Contest (overturned) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 000000002013-11-06-0000November 6, 2013 1 2:47 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States Loss overturned; Medeiros tested positive for Marijuana
Loss 42–20–1 Daron Cruickshank Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga 000000002013-07-27-0000July 27, 2013 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Loss 42–19–1 Isaac Vallie-Flagg Decision (split) UFC 156 000000002013-02-02-0000February 2, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 42–18–1 Jeremy Stephens KO (punches and elbows) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz 000000002012-12-08-0000December 8, 2012 1 1:55 Seattle, Washington, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 41–18–1 Tony Ferguson Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale 000000002011-12-03-0000December 3, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 41–17–1 Rafaello Oliveira TKO (head kick and punches) UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson 000000002011-10-01-0000October 1, 2011 2 2:44 Washington, D.C., United States
Loss 40–17–1 Sam Stout KO (punch) UFC 131 000000002011-06-11-0000June 11, 2011 1 3:52 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 40–16–1 Cody McKenzie Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 000000002011-01-22-0000January 22, 2011 2 4:33 Fort Hood, Texas, United States Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night
Win 39–16–1 John Gunderson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares 000000002010-09-15-0000September 15, 2010 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 38–16–1 Luis Palomino Decision (unanimous) Bellator 24 000000002010-08-12-0000August 12, 2010 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 37–16–1 Mike Campbell Decision (unanimous) Moosin: God of Martial Arts 000000002010-05-21-0000May 21, 2010 3 5:00 Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Win 37–15–1 Derrick Noble TKO (punches) MFC 24 000000002010-02-26-0000February 26, 2010 1 4:44 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 36–15–1 Kyle Jensen TKO (punches) Raging Wolf 5 000000002009-10-10-0000October 10, 2009 1 2:44 Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Win 35–15–1 James Warfield Submission (triangle choke) Shine Fights 2: American Top Team vs. The World 000000002009-09-04-0000September 4, 2009 2 4:48 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 34–15–1 Duane Ludwig Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Destruction 000000002008-11-21-0000November 21, 2008 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States 160 lb. Catchweight
Loss 34–14–1 K.J. Noons TKO (punches and elbows) EliteXC: Return of the King 000000002008-06-14-0000June 14, 2008 1 0:48 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States For EliteXC Lightweight Championship.
Win 34–13–1 James Edson Berto KO (flying knee) EliteXC: Street Certified 000000002008-02-16-0000February 16, 2008 1 4:56 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 33–13–1 Alonzo Martinez Submission (rear-naked choke) HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon 000000002007-12-15-0000December 15, 2007 2 3:04 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 32–13–1 Nick Gonzalez Submission (rear-naked choke) EliteXC: Renegade 000000002007-11-10-0000November 10, 2007 1 3:05 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Loss 31–13–1 Jorge Masvidal KO (head kick) BodogFIGHT: Alvarez vs. Lee 000000002007-07-14-0000July 14, 2007 2 2:19 Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Loss 31–12–1 Mike Brown Decision (unanimous) BodogFIGHT: St Petersburg 000000002006-12-16-0000December 16, 2006 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 31–11–1 Joe Stevenson TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 61: Bitter Rivals 000000002006-07-08-0000July 8, 2006 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night; Doctor stoppage due to cut.
Win 31–10–1 Seichi Ikemoto Decision (unanimous) Pride - Bushido 10 000000002006-04-02-0000April 2, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 30–10–1 Mark Hominick Submission (triangle armbar) UFC 58: USA vs. Canada 000000002006-03-04-0000March 4, 2006 2 1:52 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 30–9–1 Joachim Hansen Decision (split) PRIDE Bushido 9 000000002005-09-25-0000September 25, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
Win 30–8–1 Dokonjonosuke Mishima Submission (armbar) PRIDE Bushido 7 000000002005-05-22-0000May 22, 2005 1 4:36 Tokyo, Japan
Win 29–8–1 Hermes França Decision (split) Euphoria: USA vs. World 000000002005-02-26-0000February 26, 2005 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 28–8–1 Naoyuki Kotani TKO (head kick and punches) Euphoria: Road to the Titles 000000002004-10-15-0000October 15, 2004 1 3:10 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 27–8–1 Josh Thomson KO (flying head kick and punches) UFC 49 000000002004-08-21-0000August 21, 2004 1 4:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 26–8–1 Hermes Franca Decision (split) UFC 47 000000002004-04-02-0000April 2, 2004 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25–8–1 Deshaun Johnson Decision (unanimous) WEC 9 000000002004-01-16-0000January 16, 2004 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 24–8–1 Nick Agallar TKO (punches) UFC 45 000000002003-11-21-0000November 21, 2003 2 2:14 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 23–8–1 Tatsuya Kawajiri Decision (unanimous) Shooto - 8/10 in Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium 000000002003-08-10-0000August 10, 2003 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 23–7–1 Eddie Ruiz Decision (unanimous) UFC 43 000000002003-06-06-0000June 6, 2003 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–7–1 Rich Clementi Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 41 000000002003-02-28-0000February 28, 2003 3 4:07 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 21–7–1 Kohei Yasumi KO (punch) HOOKnSHOOT: New Wind 000000002002-09-07-0000September 7, 2002 1 1:20 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 20–7–1 Joao Marcos Pierini TKO (injury) UFC 37.5 000000002002-06-22-0000June 22, 2002 1 1:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 19–7–1 Caol Uno Decision (unanimous) UFC 37 000000002002-05-10-0000May 10, 2002 3 5:00 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Win 19–6–1 Kultar Gill Submission (heel hook) Shogun 1 000000002001-12-15-0000December 15, 2001 2 2:49 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 18–6–1 Matt Serra Decision (majority) UFC 33 000000002001-09-28-0000September 28, 2001 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Welterweight bout
Win 18–5–1 Aaron Riley Decision (unanimous) HOOKnSHOOT: Showdown 000000002001-07-14-0000July 14, 2001 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States Won HnS Middleweight Championship.
Draw 17–5–1 C.J. Fernandes Draw HOOKnSHOOT: Masters 000000002001-05-26-0000May 26, 2001 3 5:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 17–5 Jeff Lindsay KO (punch) Renegades Extreme Fighting 000000002001-03-23-0000March 23, 2001 1 1:41 Texas, United States
Win 16–5 Bone Sayavonga Submission (rear-naked choke) Renegades Extreme Fighting 000000002001-03-23-0000March 23, 2001 1 1:04 Texas, United States
Loss 15–5 Jeremy Williams Decision (split) KOTC 7: Wet and Wild 000000002001-02-24-0000February 24, 2001 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 15–4 David Harris Submission (armbar) Bushido 1 000000002001-01-18-0000January 18, 2001 1 1:15 Tempe, Arizona, United States
Win 14–4 Scott Bills TKO (punches) HOOKnSHOOT: Fusion 000000002000-11-18-0000November 18, 2000 1 4:31 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 13–4 Danny Bennett Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC 5: Cage Wars 000000002000-09-16-0000September 16, 2000 1 3:03 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 12–4 Pete Spratt Submission (triangle choke) Renegades Extreme Fighting 000000002000-07-15-0000July 15, 2000 1 Texas, United States
Win 11–4 Cedric Marks Submission (armbar) Extreme Shootout 000000002000-07-15-0000July 15, 2000 1 1:45 Texas, United States
Win 10–4 Andy Mockler TKO (punches) HOOKnSHOOT: Meltdown 000000002000-06-10-0000June 10, 2000 2 1:32 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Loss 9–4 Rumina Sato Submission (rear-naked choke) SuperBrawl 17 000000002000-04-15-0000April 15, 2000 1 0:18 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 9–3 Stacy Coughlin TKO (punches) Armageddon 2 000000001999-11-23-0000November 23, 1999 1 2:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 8–3 Aaron Riley Decision (unanimous) HOOKnSHOOT: Texas Heat 000000001999-10-02-0000October 2, 1999 1 20:00 Texas, United States
Win 7–3 Shannon Ritch Submission (rear-naked choke) Armageddon 1 000000001999-08-23-0000August 23, 1999 1 2:39 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 6–3 Nate Marquardt Submission (heel hook) Bas Rutten Invitational 4 000000001999-08-14-0000August 14, 1999 1 3:04 United States
Win 6–2 Anthony Holiday Submission (knees) Extreme Shootout 000000001999-06-25-0000June 25, 1999 1 1:08 McAllen, Texas, United States
Win 5–2 Thomas Denny Submission (verbal) West Coast NHB Championships 2 000000001999-02-28-0000February 28, 1999 1 3:09 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 4–2 Louie Cercedez TKO (doctor stoppage) West Coast NHB Championships 1 000000001998-12-08-0000December 8, 1998 1 3:38 Los Angeles, California, United States Doctor stoppage due to cut.
Loss 3–2 Fabiano Iha Submission (armbar) Extreme Challenge 22 000000001998-11-21-0000November 21, 1998 1 3:56 West Valley City, Utah, United States
Win 3–1 Raphael Perlungher Submission (rear-naked choke) Power Ring Warriors 000000001998-11-07-0000November 7, 1998 1 3:25 Humble, Texas, United States
Win 2–1 Tim Horton TKO (punches) World Shoot Wrestling 000000001998-06-12-0000June 12, 1998 1 9:15 Pasadena, Texas, United States
Loss 1–1 Joe Hurley Decision (unanimous) World Pankration Championships 2 000000001998-01-16-0000January 16, 1998 1 15:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Todd Justice Submission (rear-naked choke) World Pankration Championships 1 000000001997-10-26-0000October 26, 1997 1 5:46 Texas, United States
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