Former UFC fighter Yves Edwards opens up on loss that still haunts him a decade later

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More than a decade has gone by, and Yves Edwards still has some problems digesting his UFC 58 loss to Mark Hominick.

Edwards, who retired from fighting and now works as an MMA analyst for Fox Sports, was returning to the octagon after a brief 1-1 PRIDE stint when he met Hominick in 2006 in Las Vegas. He already had 40 professional MMA bouts to his name at the time, while Hominick brought a 13-fight record into what was set to be his UFC debut.

In an upset big enough to spark fight-fixing accusations, Edwards ended up on the sour end of a second-round submission.

A lot happened after that.

Edwards went back to fighting both at PRIDE and the UFC – not to mention numerous others, like Strikeforce and EliteXC – adding another 26 fights to his record. He went won and lost to several other opponents.

But it’s that one setback that haunts him.

“That was the biggest deal,” Edwards told MMAjunkie Radio. “There are a lot of things I believe that were around that. I’ve spoken to a psychologist about it and been concerned about it. The reason why it was a big deal – before that, I went over to PRIDE. I came back, and the UFC was a different beast at this point. Like, instantly.

“I was the No. 1 guy when I left. Josh (Thomson) and I were supposed to be fighting for a belt. We were the best guys in the division. And when I came back, the arena – there were people at the weigh-ins. There weren’t people at the weigh-ins before that. It’s just bigger, it’s a different beast.”

The 40-year-old Edwards (42-22-1 MMA, 10-10 UFC) says he walked into the bout with Hominick (20-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC), now 35 and also retired, both comfortable with his kickboxing and confident that his ground skills were superior. Until it happened – the fateful moment he says a lot of his colleagues can relate to.

“There’s a moment in fights where you first feel your wind,” Edwards said. “At that moment, if you relax, and get through that, you’re good. But if you panic, that can kind of get straight to you. And I was like, ‘Oh (expletive). I’m getting tired.’ I remember thinking that. I was thinking, ‘OK, OK, I’ve got to change the game.’ I took him down, and I was in his butterfly guard. I use this pass all the time. I show it to everybody all the time.

“I’m trying to hit this pass, and it didn’t happen, so I was like, ‘Holy (expletive). I’m supposed to be so much better than this guy, and this is my pass. Why didn’t it work? What’s going on here? Oh, his leg is on my shoulder. Oh, don’t worry about that, because he’s still in his butterfly guard.’

“So I’m not even concerned with it. But why didn’t this pass work? This kid, I was supposed to be so much better than this kid on the ground, and then – oh (expletive), this triangle is real.’”

The triangle, as it was proven at the 1:52 mark of the second round, was real enough to end the fight. Finding himself tapping from that position, Edwards said, is something that still bothers him.

“At that point, I didn’t even know he got his leg out and got into position, because I was in another place,” Edwards said. “I wasn’t there in the fight. I was thinking about other (expletive), and I’m supposed to be better than this guy. I’m supposed to tap him.

“I’m supposed to get this fight to the ground and be able to do what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. And that wasn’t going on.”

It didn’t take long for Edwards to bounce back from the setback. Less than a month later, he went back to PRIDE to earn a unanimous decision over Seichi Ikemoto. But three months after that, a UFC 61 return against Joe Stevenson had him back on the losing column and out of the UFC.

Edwards would return to the octagon in 2010, going on to brighten up several weigh-ins with his often hilarious scale-snack gimmick. He amassed a 4-6 record in his final UFC run, before deciding to hang up his gloves.

But UFC 58 seems to have stuck with him.

“And then somebody questions me over that and say that I threw the fight, or even to say that I suck, because I panicked,” Edwards said. “I had a moment of weakness at a time when you’re not supposed to. I don’t know. I still have some stuff to work out to get through that. But it is what it is.

“I lost a lot of confidence then. And then I fought Joe Stevenson. (It) wasn’t my best fight the,  and then having to leave the UFC at that point. That was a hard time, man. That was (expletive) (expletive).”

To hear more on Edwards’ account of his career-changing encounter with Hominick, check out the video above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC weigh-in snack mastermind Yves Edwards talks inspiration for gimmick – and its biggest victim

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When it comes to pre-fight gimmicks, offering food to your starving post-weigh-in opponent seems pretty harmless.

And, well, it kind of is. But if you’re a crafty snack expert like former UFC lightweight Yves Edwards (42-22-1 MMA, 10-10 UFC), even a cute trick can be used as offense. Don’t believe us? Let the fighter-turned-analyst himself tell the tale.

The year was 2011. The opponent was Cody McKenzie. The seemingly innocuous weapon? Hot chips.

“I knew what was going to happen, because I do that stuff, and the time and those things turn to paste in your mouth when your mouth is dry like that,” Edwards told MMAjunkie Radio. “I ate a few of them, and I gave him some.

“I could see it in his face that he was trying to – he was like, ‘Oh, what is going on in my mouth?’ But I didn’t react to it. I could just see it in his face, and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s one for me.’”

Whether his evil trickery helped or not, Edwards did come out victorious of the UFC Fight Night 23 encounter thanks to a second-round rear-naked choke. And while he wasn’t able to maintain the good results in his final outings before retiring, the “Thugjitsu Master” did keep a steady influx of snacks coming.

From Twinkies to Snickers bars, with the occasional chipotle in the mix, bringing food to the escale became a trademark move that often lightened up the mood at an otherwise tense moment between two usually dehydrated fighters on edge.

While being able to carry – and often ingest – the extra grams while still up on the scale is a luxury not many fighters could afford, Edwards says his smooth cut down to 155 pounds usually allowed him some wiggle room.

Still, there were some officials who weren’t there for his gimmick. Like the woman who unceremoniously took his chips away.

“I was a little upset about that,” Edwards said. “Because that kind of ruined – not ruined my gimmick, but … I actually did kind of save it with her taking my chips away from me. Kind of made it even more apparent that I was doing something.”

Looking back, Edwards thinks a UFC 58 meeting with former featherweight title challenger Mark Hominick – to which Edwards brought a full-on burger – was the start of the whole thing.

As for the (unlikely) source of inspiration?

“(Former boxing world champion) Ricardo Mayorga,” Edwards said. “I think he ate an apple at a weigh-in or something, and I was like, ‘You know, that’s cool.’ But like an apple is healthy, so I’m gonna eat some crap food at the weigh-ins, and I’m just going to act like it’s no big deal for me.’”

To hear more from evil snack mastermind Edwards, check out the video above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2507 with UFC vet and analyst Yves Edwards

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guest Yves Edwards.

UFC veteran and current FOX Sports and UFC analyst Edwards co-hosted the episode in the studio. He discussed different aspects of his fighting career, his broadcast career and helped the hosts discuss the latest MMA news.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2503 with Yves Edwards, Ray Longo, Chase Kobrin

Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Yves Edwards, Ray Longo and Chase Kobrin.

Former UFC fighter Edwards will be at the FS1 analysts’ desk on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City. He joined the show to break down three key fights on the card. Veteran MMA coach Longo helped corner Aljamain Sterling to a win at UFC 214 this past Saturday and Chris Weidman back into the win column the week before that. And Kobrin, an MMA industry veteran from Las Vegas-based Tough Prints, co-hosted the show in the studio.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Yves Edwards, Ray Longo and Chase Kobrin

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Yves Edwards, Ray Longo and Chase Kobrin.

Edwards works the FOX Sports desk for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 coverage. Trainer Longo coached Aljamain Sterling to a victory on Saturday at UFC 214. Kobrin, CEO of Tough Prints, is our in-studio guest host.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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FS1 broadcast plans set for UFC Fight Night 114

The UFC’s fifth event in Mexico takes place Saturday when UFC Fight Night 114 goes down at Mexico City Arena.

The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and features a flyweight headliner between Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

MMAjunkie today confirmed with a FOX Sports official that Todd Grisham and former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann will call the fights cageside.

Analysts for Friday’s UFC Fight Night 114 weigh-in show on FS1, as well as the pre-fight and post-fight shows Saturday on FS1, will be former multi-time UFC title challenger Kenny Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and retired lightweight veteran Yves Edwards (42-22-1 MMA, 10-10 UFC). Karyn Bryant serves as anchor for the programs.

The UFC Fight Night 114 card, along with broadcast plans and air times, are as follows:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
  • Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo
  • Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
  • Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
  • Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez
  • Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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NFL Network's Dan Hellie, ex-ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald to call Dana White 'Contender Series'

(This story first appeared on usatoday.com.)

The broadcast crew for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series includes some names that may not be all that familiar to UFC fans.

UFC Senior VP of International and Content Joe Carr told USA TODAY Sports that’s sort of the point, and that’s why the promotion tapped NFL Network’s Dan Hellie and former ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald to split play-by-play duties for the weekly live fighting series that debuts on Tuesday on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC will make the official announcement of the crew during Saturday’s UFC 213 broadcast. It was previously announced that rapper Snoop Dogg and 2017 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Urijah Faber will call Tuesday Night Contender Series events on an alternate audio feed.

“Dan Hellie and Brendan Fitzgerald both have had long broadcasting careers, even if they haven’t called live fights,” Carr said. “We are not rushing them onto broadcast TV. UFC Fight Pass is a smaller platform so they won’t face as much scrutiny. They won’t be in front of 2-3 million people like they would be on broadcast TV. This will give them more opportunity to learn how to call the sport and earn respect of the fans.”

The series includes five fights each week and will focus not just on prospects, but also veteran fighters looking to make a comeback.

UFC Fight Pass is the promotion’s digital subscription service launched in December 2013 and has been the only way to watch the early preliminary-card fights of UFC events, which had been previously streamed on Facebook. Carr called the the Tuesday Night Contender Series the biggest investment the UFC has made in UFC Fight Pass since its inception.

“Our research through the years has shown what our subscribers want is more live, exclusive fights on the service,” Carr said. “I think about 50 percent of our subscribers will watch the Tuesday Night Contender Series live.”

Carr, citing company policy, declined to state how many monthly subscribers there are for UFC Fight Pass, which ranges in price from $7.99 to $9.99 per month.

Hellie will call Tuesday’s debut with former UFC lightweight Yves Edwards serving as the color commentator. Fitzgerald will be paired with UFC lightweight Paul Felder as the duo debuts July 18. The broadcast crews will alternate weeks during the show’s eight-week run.

“I have been a fan of UFC for a long time,” Hellie said. “Obviously, this is different for me than calling NFL or basketball games, a couple of things I’ve done in the past. This is new experience and I’m just preparing like I would for anything else.”

UFC tried out about 10 play-by-play and color commentators each before the crew was chosen, Carr said.

Hellie credited UFC welterweight Alan Jouban for coming to his Manhattan Beach, Calif., home and giving him a “UFC for Dummies” rundown of the sport before his audition. Hellie has also spoken to UFC’s main play-by-play announcer, Jon Anik, since he learned he got the job.

“(Anik) told me to keep it simple and don’t act like you know something that you don’t,” Hellie said. “In broadcast terms, you ‘lay out’ when there’s something your not familiar with. So, I’ll lay out until I get more comfortable with the terminology and jargon. Until then, I’ll lean on Yves as the color commentator.”

Laura Sanko, a former fighter who has called UFC and Invicta FC events, will serve as the backstage reporter for the broadcasts.

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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