UFC 49 (August 21 2004)
Yves Edwards Vs Josh Thompson
Winner – Yves Edwards Via Round 1 KO
Defining Moment – Yves Edwards
As we inch ever so slowly towards the greatest Lightweight fight in UFC history, I thought it would be appropriate to shed some light on one of the divisions pioneers; Yves Edwards.
Making his debut in 1997, Yves Edwards is part of the first generation of Lightweight fighters and at one time was considered the weight classes’ unofficial king. Yves continued to be a tough matchup for anyone in the division throughout his seventeen years as a professional before officially retired in 2014 with a record of 42-22. This is his defining moment.
Edwards fought twenty-four times between 1997 and 2001, including fights with much larger opponents like Nate Marquardt and Shannon Ritch. In September of 2001, Yves made his UFC debut, losing to future Welterweight champion Matt Serra. After losing his second UFC fight to Caol Uno, Edwards entered the most impressive run of his career, going 11-1 between 2002 and 2005. During this run, Yves acquired the biggest win of his career – knocking out Josh Thompson with a spectacular head-kick. It was after this win that he was almost unanimously considered the best Lightweight on the planet. Although he went on to find continued success later in his career, this twelve fight run highlighted by the Thompson win will always be the defining moment of Yves Edwards’ career.