Leon Edwards swapping Octagon for Old Trafford and will play as a goalkeeper
Leon Edwards will be putting his UFC welterweight championship belt to one side as he heads to Old Trafford this summer to take part in Soccer Aid.
The 31-year-old, who represents both Jamaica and Great Britain in the Octagon, will play for the Soccer Aid World XI at the home of Manchester United in between title defences.
Having won the belt with a last-minute knockout of Kamaru Usman in August, he defended it against the former champion in March and is set to fight Colby Covington later in the year.
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On signing up for Soccer Aid, where he will juggle goalkeeping duties with Ben Foster, Edwards said: "It’s an honour for me to be playing and helping raise money for such a great cause.
"Come and support us – Soccer Aid is a great family day out. Through MMA I have built a great platform and fanbase.
"I hope others will support me in raising money for children and families across the world."
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Edwards, nicknamed Rocky, will be joining a star-studded cast of stars including Usain Bolt and Tommy Fury, with England represented by Liam Payne and Paddy McGuinness among others with rasied funds going to UNICEF.
Former professionals for the June 11 contest include Gary Neville, Jill Scott, Jermaine Defoe and Paul Scholes for England, with Nani, Francesco Totti and Roberto Carlos lining up for the World XI.
England won five of the first seven Soccer Aid contests between 2006 and 2018 – but World XI have now won four in a row, three coming via penalty shootouts.
Losing to Usman back in 2015, Edwards went on an unbeaten run of 10 fights to book a title shot against the pound-for-pound king in Utah.
Having won the opening round, he struggled to find a rhythm in the thin air at 6,000 feet above sea level, before his stunning head kick KO.
The Birmingham fighter backed that up at The O2 in March with a majority decision victory, with debate following over who he should fight next.
Tickets for the Sunday 11th June event are on sale now via socceraid.org.uk/tickets
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