3 months ago I made the mistake of kinda saying Fabian Edwards would lose his next fight. It was the type of provoking facebook post that is my wont from time to time.
But to be fair I believed it. So I guess it’s only fair to admit that I was wrong. Badly.
Edwards had a lot of pressure on him tonight. Main eventing in his hometown. Despite a lot of people disrespecting his opponent Neto – I wasn’t one of them. Rightly or wrongly Black belts in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu get my immediate respect. He also had a 20 fight professional career. You can argue the toss about Neto’s fight record which I think before tonight was 11 and 9, but to be fair none of that is Edwards problem he still had to go out and beat him.
I interviewed Fabian a couple of years ago ahead of a BAMMA event in Dublin. He was generous with his time and even gave me a good headline for the piece. Edwards also went out and did what he said he was going to do at the time. Finish his opponent.
Even tonight, Neto gave Edwards plenty to think about in the first couple of minutes on the ground and in the grappling exchanges.
Now where I have been under-estimating Edwards is in his ability to finish opponents from a series of differing and unusual positions. No doubt his finish will be one of the highlights doing the rounds in video clips on the Internet tomorrow.
Tonight he finished this dude Neto with pinpoint upkicks off his back. I mean how often do you see that!
My original post was inspired by the events at Bellator in Newcastle. I felt a lot of the fighters didn’t perform to their potential. Especially some of the fighters very active on social media. Particularly Aaron Chalmers. To a degree I included Fabian Edwards in that category. Although he easily won on a decision that night.
I thought maybe the hype was creeping into his thinking and mindset. The constant references to money and material things on his social media. I can see now that this is clearly crafted to create interest. The most important point is that he is obviously putting in the work and focussed on his goals.
So in short, I am happy to report that the evidence so far indicates I have been misguided in my thinking on Mr Edwards.
The other basic oversight on my part is how competitive the fighters from Team Renagade are proving to be. Leon Edwards is at the top of tree by virtue of his stunning success in the UFC to date, but Fabian is rapidly gaining ground as are a number of others. Definitely a Team to keep an eye on.
So Now, after a perfect 2-0 start to his Bellator career and a highlight reel finish, Fabian Edwards is ready to go Stateside. It’s time the United States got a selection of Mr Tasty’s Shots.