Top UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards to hold seminar at Dubai's TK MMA & Fitness

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Leon Edwards after beating Gunnar Nelson last month

So you want to be an Ultimate Fighter? The answer doesn’t actually need to be yes, but if you’re a Mixed Martial Arts fan, use the sport as a mechanism for fitness or actually compete in MMA, then there is a real treat on Wednesday, April 10, at 19:00.

One of the top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contenders will be holding a seminar at Dubai’s TK MMA & Fitness situated on the ninth floor of Shatha Tower, Media City.

Britain’s Leon Edwards, who is riding a seven-fight win streak following a deeply impressive victory over Gunnar Nelson last month, will host the MMA workshop with the opportunity to train and pick the brain of a future UFC champ.

The seminar, costing just Dh100, is open to all levels and the 27-year-old can’t wait to meet plus train with fighters and fans alike on Wednesday.


“Dubai is a beautiful place, it’s my first time here to come and experience it with my family. The seminar is booked for Wednesday, 7pm at TK MMA and I’m looking forward to going there to show my skillset,” the Birmingham native said.








“Hopefully it’s a success and we can build a relationship to keep coming out here every year.”



He added: “I’m not really sure what the level for MMA is like here so I’ll probably just play it by ear, then once I get there I’ll be able to see who has done it before and who hasn’t.


“Jiu-jitsu is huge over here so that’ll be a good field to start in and then build from there. I’m really excited to see what the level is like here, though.”


While people naturally have different reasons for getting involved in MMA, from losing weight to simply acquiring new skills, the sport is widely considered to be one of the best physical forms of fitness.


As it continues to grow and evolve in the UAE, the opportunity to learn first-hand from fighters competing in the highest echelon like Edwards is one not to be missed.


You can purchase your spot directly at TK MMA & Fitness on the day or call 04 452 3388 for more information.


What: MMA workshop with Leon Edwards 


Where: TK MMA & Fitness, Media City, Dubai


When: Wednesday, April 10


Contact: To learn more call 044523388 or visit @TKMMA on social media



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The 30-year-old Irishman posted a Tweet announcing his retirement early on Tuesday morning.

The Dubliner has not fought since October, when he was submitted by UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

McGregor, who had 21 wins in his 25-fight career in MMA, wrote: “Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.

“I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.

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Jorge Masvidal

Liverpool fighter Darren Till was knocked out by Jorge Masvidal in the second round of their welterweight contest at UFC London – but the American’s victory was overshadowed by a backstage altercation.

After the fight, footage emerged of Masvidal breaking off from an interview to confront Jamaica-born, Birmingham fighter Leon Edwards, with the pair trading blows.

In an ESPN video posted to Twitter, Masvidal could be heard saying, “Come over here, say that to my face”, before security teams were seen to intervene to break up the fighters and the footage cut off.

A longer video posted on ESPN‘s MMA YouTube page showed Edwards with a cut under his left eye.

Later, Masvidal retweeted a video of an interview with the sports broadcaster, where he explained the incident.

He said: “As I walk up to him, I’ve got my hands behind my back to signal I’m not coming here for problems. But he put his hands up like this. It’s on video, and he walks towards me.

“Well, where I’m from, if you do that, you’re going to punch me in the face. That’s not going to happen.

“So I gave him the three piece with the soda, and then just glide out of there.”

Beforehand in the octagon, 26-year-old Till was headlining at the O2 and back in action since suffering a first defeat as a professional to UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley last September in Dallas.

However, Till, third in the UFC rankings and seeking another crack at the title belt against newly crowned champion Kamaru Usman, was put down by a strong left-hand shot from veteran Masvidal.

Till spent the early part of his professional career in Brazil, with Saturday’s main event contest only a second fight in England for the Merseysider on an evening when Michael Bisping was entered into the Hall of Fame.

Following a raucous welcome by the sell-out crowd on the banks of the Thames, Masvidal landed a low kick during the opening exchanges with Till then landing a jab which put the American down.

However, Masvidal, who boasted a record of 32 wins and 13 losses coming into the octagon on Saturday night, then delivered a viscous left which rocked Till and sent the Englishman to the floor, before he was struck again ahead of the contest being ended by referee Marc Goddard.

Following treatment by medical staff, which looked to include oxygen, Till was brought round before returning to his dressing room.

Masvidal paid tribute to Till during his post-fight victory speech.

“Whether you booed or cheered, this is mindblowing – thank you,” he said on BT Sport.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better opponent. He’s got so much further to go, he’s a young tiger right now. I’m 34 and near the end of my career.”

Appearing to target a title shot himself, the American added: “Back to business, I need that belt around my waist.

“He’s only lost one fight before this so that shows that I deserve my opportunity. I need that belt around my waist.

“First round was definitely his, I couldn’t handle his timing. By the second, I settled down and found my rhythm. I love this sport. I’m here to fight the best in the world and I want the champion right now.”

Elsewhere on the under card, Edwards had earlier taken a split decision in his welterweight bout against Gunnar Nelson, who is Conor McGregor’s training partner.

UFC executive David Shaw told a press conference the incident between Edwards and Masvidal would be reviewed before deciding whether any sanctions should be handed out.

“Too early to tell, we’ll review it. Dana (White, UFC president) is already looking at it. We’ll review everything, all the details, over the weekend, Monday morning, and take next steps from there,” he said.

London bantamweight Nathaniel Wood, meanwhile, defeated Jose Alberto Quinonez via a second-round submission for his eighth MMA win in a row.

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