by Mitch Gobetz – MMAWeekly.com
(Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC)
Yves Edwards looked impressive once again by defeating Edson Berto last Saturday night in highlight reel fashion. Edwards had fallen on tough times early last year when he dropped three fights in a row. With his win on Saturday night, however, he is now on a three-fight winning streak and looks to be back to the Yves Edwards of old.
He finished Berto in less than a round in spectacular fashion. Berto had shot in for a single leg takedown, but he defended while Berto held onto his leg. Edwards jumped up with his other knee and connected flush on Berto’s jaw, sending him crashing to the canvas.
Edwards joined MMAWeekly Radio recently to discuss his victory. “I just need eight more and then I’ll have a top 10,” said Edwards referring to his highlight reel victories over Berto and Josh Thomson.
Berto is a tough, fast fighter who has very well rounded skills, but Edwards was well prepared to take him on. “I got to watch some tape on him finally and I was just happy to be fighting a tough guy.”
That respect didn’t end after the fight. “He was fast with everything,” commented the Texas transplant. “I think he’s for real. I like that guy. He’s awesome.”
Edwards has been training with American Top Team and he believes that has been the biggest help for him to get back on track in his fighting career. “Those guys have helped me out quite a bit. They just brought me back to exactly what I want to do; be a fighter.”
The spectacular knockout definitely was the defining moment of the night, something Edwards seems to have a knack for.
He explained how he set up the knockout. “He shot the single and I got the whizzer in and I started pushing the head. His head was posted there and my corner saw it and called for it. I heard the knock on the table. I try this all the time in the gym, but I never get to really finish it because it’s my training partner. I was confident in throwing it. I just tried to go for it and it just landed flush.”
With his third win in a row, Edwards feels like he’s back on top of his game and ready for bigger challenges. Reigning 160-pound EliteXC champion KJ Noons may be in his sights. Edwards feels like he’s ready to get that title and can’t wait to get in the cage.
“I wanna get that gold,” he exclaimed. ” I want to get it as soon as possible. I’ve known KJ for a while. He’s a good kid. But he has the gold. If my mom had that belt, I’d fight her. That’s just how it works.”