Leon Edwards took his record to 14-3 last evening with an impressive unanimous decision win over Bryan Barberena.

The Brit clearly took rounds one and three but getting the nod on the scorecards is never guaranteed. Speaking at the post-fight press conference yesterday, Edwards said the fight was so easy to score he was never concerned.

“I thought I had round one and round three, so I wasn’t very nervous,” Edwards said. “I knew I had the victory so it was good.”

Despite clearly taking the first and final rounds, Edwards had to weather a storm in round two when Barberena knocked him down to the mat with an uppercut. The American tried to capitalize on the situation and finish the fight, but Edwards said he was never really in that much trouble.

“It was more of a flash knockdown, I wasn’t hurt at all,” Edwards said. “I stepped in with a leading elbow and he changed to an uppercut. It was more of a flash knockdown than anything. As soon as I hit the floor I was back normal. I was able to come back and turn it around in round three and dominated so it was good.”

Edwards himself nearly finished the fight in rounds one and three when he was close to sinking in a rear-naked choke. When asked whether he ever felt close to finishing Barberena, Edwards said that his beard helped him survive his predicament.

“I was very close,” Edwards said. “I think his beard saved him a bit. I was looking for that chin and I couldn’t find it. I was very close. I think a few more adjustments and I would’ve finished it.”

With four wins now in a row, Edwards has his eyes set on a big name in the division. The man from Birmingham has an opponent in mind and it’s former UFC lightweight title contender.

“I actually asked for him after I fought last time,” Edwards said. “I feel it would be a good contest between me and him. I want to keep moving up and I’m 26-years-old now. I want to keep moving up in the rankings and get him. Top-15, top-10 next. I’m on a four fight win streak right now so that should be guaranteed.”

Edwards has fought in the United States before back in 2015 but has spent the last two years fighting on European soil. With bigger fights almost certainly coming in the near future, Edwards thinks it’s about time he made the trip back across the pond.

“Yeah 100-percent,”  Edwards said, agreeing that it’s about time he fought in the US again. “I’ve never lost in Europe so I’ve done my job fighting here. I think it’s time for the American fans to go out there and appreciate my work. So my next fight should be on a big card in Vegas or somewhere in the US.”

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