Once thought of as one of the greatest lightweights in the world Yves Edwards has fallen a long way since then. Known for eating a cheeseburger on the scale at weigh-ins and his exciting fighting style to fans he will be missed. The announcement comes following his recent loss to Akbarh Arreola at UFC Fight Night Edgar vs. Swanson earlier this month. Yves posted an official statement on his Facebook page.

I’ve thought about how to say this for a week now, but there’s no better way than to just do it. So here goes; 1st I’d like to say thank you to all the people that I’ve met through and because of fighting, friends, training partners, coaches, fight fans, doctors and even some promoters/matchmakers. A lot of you guys have always shown me nothing but love and I really appreciate that.

Fighting has been a part of my life ever since I was 17 and that makes this a hard pill to swallow but it’s time for me to end this chapter and move on to the next part of my life. So thank you again to all the people that have supported me through this, whether it was through cheers, training, coaching or anything else at all.


In his last 11 fights with the UFC Edwards went 4-6-1 and it was only a matter of time before the UFC let him go, which may have prompted his retirement in the first place. We wish Yves the best and we will always remember him for this ridiculous head kick KO of Josh Thomson.

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