A UFC contract could be as little as 12 months away for Canberra fighter Ben Edwards, but a quick glance over his resume suggests it could be a matter of three punches. Edwards has been told a 4-0 start to his mixed martial arts could be enough to secure a UFC contract and he could be halfway there come Friday night.
Edwards (1-0) will make his return to the octagon in the heavyweight division against Jeremy Joiner (5-1) at Monaro Fight Circuit 26 at The Rex Hotel on Friday night.
The 33-year-old has world kickboxing titles and an Australian boxing championship to his name, but Edwards says a UFC contract would eclipse them all – even if it was worth less than three dollars.He has been training with prospective UFC debutant Tai Tuivasa for three years, a relationship that has got the Canberra heavyweight’s foot in the door of the world’s premier MMA organisation. “Tuivasa’s trainer was talking to some UFC scouts in America and they were saying that they’re looking for heavyweights because there is not a lot of heavyweights coming through the ranks,” Edwards said.