LEON EDWARDS is in phenomenal shape ahead of his long-awaited return to the octagon.

The pride of Birmingham will return to the cage this weekend in the main event of UFC Fight Night 187 in Las Vegas.

Edwards will be welcomed back to the octagon by fellow in-form welterweight Belal Muhammad, a short-notice replacement for the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev.

And the 29-year-old will enter the fight in the shape of his career.

Late last week, Rocky shared a post-workout snap of himself and his coach Henry Cleminson to Instagram.

The picture showed a topless Edwards with bodybuilder-like definition in his core and his quads.

Fight fans were left stunned by his physique and flocked to Twitter to chime in on his diced frame.

One tweeted: "He looks like a bodybuilder damn."


Another said: "Leon looking scary. I could already see the power."

Another another said: "I think he goes through Bella like a freight train."

After seeing Edwards' trim frame, one fan predicted the Brit will claim the welterweight throne this year.

They wrote: "Yikes, the dedication to get to that type of shape as a fighter is unimaginable to me.

"Different breed and I reckon he'll be the next champ if they give him his shot."

Edwards' clash with Muhammad will be his first octagon outing in over 19 months.

And the Brummie is planning to make a statement in Sunday morning's must-win bout.

He told The Schmo: "We’re both 18 and 3, but we’ve been on two different paths.

"I’ll prove it come Saturday night that we are two different people, and I can’t wait to prove it to the world.”

He added: "I’m going in there to put him away and to hurt him. I am looking forward to it."

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