MENU
#UFC Fight Night 83 #Luke Rockhold #Conor McGregor #David Branch #Saturday Night Fights #Nate Diaz #GGG #UFC 215 #Michael Bisping #Jon Jones


Yves Edwards

Yves Edwards at HDNet Fights

The NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB all have one thing in common. Their rosters consist of world-class athletes who, at one point in their lifetimes, wanted to become part of their respective professional sports league. Some athletes are lucky enough to make the pros and spend their entire careers at that level. Other athletes aren’t so lucky. Some have a cold streak and are forced to go down to the minor leagues and hone their skills before being called back up to compete at the premier level again.

A lot of the same happens in the UFC, which is widely regarded as the major leagues of mixed martial arts. Some fighters spend their entire careers fighting in the organization, while others might fight a few here and there, having to earn some wins in an effort to get back to the bigs on an extended basis.

For UFC Fight for the Troops 2 competitor Yves Edwards, the return to the premier league is a great feeling, but it’s not all that he fights for. He trains to be a top competitor in the league, not just to compete in the top league.

“Everybody wants to be in the UFC and everybody wants to say, ‘oh, I fought in the UFC,’” Edwards told MMAWeekly Radio. “That’s not the ultimate goal. Some guys, once they get there, they really don’t even reassess. They don’t change things and say, ‘hey, I want to be a contender. I want to potentially go after that belt.’”

Being in the UFC is a great goal by any means, but getting there is just the beginning of the journey. Fighters conquer obstacles on their way to the bigs, but once they get there, they still have to fight their way up the ranks of the UFC division they fight in.

And once they begin their climb up those UFC rankings, the method of which they choose to compete is also key.

One of the issues MMA fans have voiced their opinions about lately is the lack of fighting in a fight. “Lay and pray,” as it is most commonly referred, is something that many viewers have a tough time wrapping their heads around. The lack of offense by one fighter after gaining an advantageous position seems to frustrate those paying to be entertained as spectators.

Some would call this method “smart.” Edwards believes this not to be true.

According to the 155-pound fighter, if you’re not going to fight, then you run the risk of sitting on the wrong side of a competition, soaking in the mud of defeat.

“Any time you fight not to lose, you run a big risk of not winning,” he said.

At this point in his professional career, Edwards is approaching 60 fights. Not many fighters can say they’ve fought as many times as Edwards and been successful. With a win at UFC Fight for the Troops 2, Edwards will reach the 40-win plateau. Keeping good company has helped him get to this level.

The toughness of his training partners and coaches have been all the reason he needs to train where he trains. Working with Antonio McKee in California has been a big help in Edwards’ preparation for his fight with TUF 12 alumnus Cody McKenzie.

“I always work with those guys because everyone in that gym is tough,” he said. “They keep a high pace and the conditioning there is really, really good. So that was a big part of it. They’ve got some really good guys there. Jesse Juarez helped me a lot with the jiu-jitsu game for this fight. When you fight a guy like Cody who has a specialty move, you have to adjust (for) that. You can’t totally ignore it.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

DWCS 1 winner Boston Salmon meets Augusto Mendes at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

  • 29 days ago
  • 4 views

Boston Salmon’s win on the first Dana White’s Contender Series episode got him a UFC deal, and now he’ll take on Augusto Mendes in Brazil.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Calderwood vs. Rawlings, Kennedy vs. Volkanovski set for UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

The UFC’s return to the “Land Down Under” has another pair of fights headed for the card.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Marcin Held tries to snap 3-fight skid vs. Teemu Packalen at UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

For the first time in more than seven years, Marcin Held will get to fight in front of his home Polish fans. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Holly Holm ready to fight 'beatable' UFC champ Cris Cyborg ... if the terms are right

  • 28 days ago
  • 22 views

Holly Holm is ready and willing to fight UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg as soon as possible – but there’s a catch.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Dana White, Conor McGregor Discuss Possible Ownership Stake in the UFC | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 14 views

Last November following his stunning second round finish over Eddie Alvarez to become the first ever simultaneous two division champion in UFC history, Conor McGregor immediately turned his attention read news >>

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC signee Joby Sanchez

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 pm ET (10 am PT) with guest Joby Sanchez, who got a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series 7.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Dana White Denies Floyd Mayweather's Claims of IV Use by Conor McGregor

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

UFC President Dana White is defending Conor McGregor after Floyd Mayweather Jr. said the mixed martial arts star needed to use IV bags to stay hydrated in preparation for Saturday's megafight. Speaki read news >>

Conor McGregor and His Nutritionist Dispel Floyd Mayweather's Concerns Over Missing Weight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 50 views

Conor McGregor and his nutritionist promise that Floyd Mayweather's concerns about the UFC lightweight champion missing weight are not only unfounded but down right silly. Over the past few days, May read news >>

Dana White Says Jon Jones Just Can't Get Out of His Own Way | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 239 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will have the opportunity to make a defense after he tested positive for steroids following his win over Daniel Cormier last month but the damage done publicl read news >>

Tom Duquesnoy says he's fighting Cody Stamann at UFC 217 in New York

  • 28 days ago
  • 12 views

The lineup for the UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden this fall continues to build with the addition of a new bantamweight bout.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>