New UFC champion Leon Edwards received a hero’s welcome on his return to Birmingham on Wednesday.
Edwards, 31, upset Kamaru Usman with a last-minute knockout to become just the second UFC champion from the UK.
The Jamaica-born fighter was given a raucous reception at the airport and then, with his mother, visited an epic mural created in his honour.
“My mum was there, all my friends and family. It was amazing,” Edwards told BBC Sport about coming home.
Edwards could fight next on home soil, with the UFC open to staging his first title defence in the UK.
With his belt over his shoulder, ‘Rocky’ landed in the UK from Utah in the USA to chants of “champ, champ” and took pictures with fans and family at the airport.
Edwards’ emotional call to his mother after his win over Usman went viral over the weekend and the Briton posed with her in front of a huge mural in Erdington, where he grew up.
“I don’t know what is it. Every time we speak, tears come,” Edwards said of the reunion. “To make your mum proud as a man is one of your main goals in life. She is super proud of me.