Joselyne Edwards (born September 29, 1995) is a Panamanian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Joselyne Edwards
Born (1995-09-29) September 29, 1995 (age 28)
Panama City, Panama
Other namesLa Pantera
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofPanama
TeamKings MMA
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2015–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission3
By decision5
By submission1
By decision5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog



Edwards started boxing when she was 13 years old, and after four years of boxing, she started doing MMA when she was 17. She had seen the UFC on TV in her home of Panama City, but she did not know a gym that taught it. She then started doing jiu-jitsu and after six months debuted in MMA.[3]

Mixed martial arts career


Early career


Edwards compiled a 9–2 record on the regional scene, winning the UCC Women's Bantamweight Championship in her homeland of Panama and defending it twice. In 2018, she moved to her camp to America where she defeated former Bellator fighter Jessica Middleton via TKO on May 18, 2018, at The Fight Series. She would then defeat highly touted prospect Brenda Gonzales at KOTC: Aggressive Lifestyle on September 1, 2018, via armbar, in the process winning the KOTC Bantamweight Championship. Afterwards, she competed against fellow future UFC fighter Sarah Alpar for the LFA Women's Bantamweight Championship at LFA 55, losing the close bout via split decision.[3][4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship


Edwards, as a replacement for Bethe Correia, faced Wu Yanan on January 16, 2021, at UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar.[5] She won the bout via unanimous decision.[6]

Edwards, as a replacement for Nicco Montaño, faced Karol Rosa on February 6, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov.[7] Edwards lost the fight via unanimous decision.[8]

Edwards was scheduled to face Zarah Fairn Dos Santos on August 28, 2021, at UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Chikadze.[9] However, the contest was cancelled in late July as Edwards was removed from the event in favor of another bout.[10]

Edwards faced Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori on October 23, 2021.[11] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Edwards faced Ramona Pascual on June 11, 2022, at UFC 275.[13] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[14] 11 out of 16 media outlets scored the bout as a win for Pascual.[15]

In a quick turnaround, Edwards replaced an injured Mariya Agapova to face Ji Yeon Kim at UFC 277 on July 9, 2022.[16] At the weigh-ins, Edwards weighed in at 137.5 pounds, one and a half pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit and was fined 20% of her purse, which went to her opponent Kim.[17] She won the fight via split decision.[18]

Edwards faced Lucie Pudilová on April 15, 2023, at UFC on ESPN 44.[19] At the weigh-ins, Edwards weighed in at 136.5 pounds, half a pound over the bantamweight non-title fight limit. Consequently, Edwards was fined 20% of her purse, which was awarded to Pudilová.[20] She won the fight via a controversial split decision.[21] Cageside commentators Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping, and Brendan Fitzgerald all expressed shock that Edwards was declared the winner, with numerous media outlets also scoring the fight in favor of Pudilová.[22][23][24]

Edwards faced Nora Cornolle on September 2, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 226.[25] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Edwards faced Ailín Pérez on June 1, 2024, at UFC 302.[27] She lost the fight again by unanimous decision.[28]



Altercation with Ailín Pérez


Before UFC Fight Night 232, Edward and Ailín Pérez allegedly had an altercation for unknown reasons.[29]

Championships and accomplishments

  • King of the Cage
    • KOTC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
  • Ultimate Combat Challenge
    • UCC Women's Bantamweight Championship (One time)
      • Two successful title defenses

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 13 wins 6 losses
By knockout 5 0
By submission 3 1
By decision 5 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–6 Ailín Pérez Decision (unanimous) UFC 302 June 1, 2024 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 13–5 Nora Cornolle Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Spivac September 2, 2023 3 5:00 Paris, France
Win 13–4 Lucie Pudilová Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Holloway vs. Allen April 15, 2023 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Catchweight (136.5 lb) bout; Edwards missed weight.
Win 12–4 Kim Ji-yeon Decision (split) UFC 277 July 30, 2022 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Return to Bantamweight; Edwards missed weight (137.5 lb).
Win 11–4 Ramona Pascual Decision (unanimous) UFC 275 June 11, 2022 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore Featherweight debut.
Loss 10–4 Jessica-Rose Clark Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori October 23, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 Karol Rosa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov February 6, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Wu Yanan Decision (unanimous) UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar January 16, 2021 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 9–2 Pamela Gonzalez KO (punches and body kick) UWC 22: Total War July 3, 2020 1 0:28 Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 8–2 Sarah Alpar Decision (split) LFA 55 November 30, 2018 5 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States For the vacant LFA Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 8–1 Brenda Gonzales Submission (armbar) KOTC: Aggressive Lifestyle September 1, 2018 2 2:53 Ignacio, Colorado, United States Won the KOTC Bantamweight Championship.
Win 7–1 Jessica Middleton TKO (punches) The Fight Series May 18, 2018 1 0:57 West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 6–1 Trisha Cicero Decision (unanimous) UCC Fantastic Fight Night 8 October 14, 2017 3 5:00 Panama City, Panama Flyweight bout.
Win 5–1 Francelys Rivero TKO (punches) UCC Fantastic Fight Night 5 May 20, 2017 1 3:30 Panama City, Panama Defended UCC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 4–1 Mauris Marcano Gonzales Submission (armbar) Ultimate Combat Challenge 31 October 14, 2016 1 2:28 Panama City, Panama Defended UCC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 3–1 Yacqueline Arosemena Submission (verbal) Ultimate Combat Challenge 29 July 1, 2016 1 1:58 Panama City, Panama Won the vacant UCC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 2–1 Heydi Irias TKO (punches) Ultimate Combat Challenge 28 May 7, 2016 2 3:45 El Progreso, Honduras
Loss 1–1 Mauris Marcano Gonzales Submission (armbar) Ultimate Combat Challenge 25 September 11, 2015 2 1:54 Panama City, Panama
Win 1–0 Evelyn Jessenia Caballero Llanes KO (punch) Ultimate Combat Challenge 24 May 15, 2015 1 0:10 Panama City, Panama


See also



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  4. ^ "LFA 55 Results: Johns and Alpar Edge Out Opponents for Gold". Combat Press. Retrieved 2021-10-23.
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