As he sits on the cusp of the biggest night of his MMA career, UFC Welterweight Leon Edwards has linked with Blockasset to become the first athlete to release a performance-based NFT collection. 

Just days before he eyes revenge against Kamaru Usman and a crack at the welterweight crown, Blockasset has confirmed the launch of Edwards’ digital collectables 

The assets will come complete with trading card utilities, which correlate with real world performance. So, the benefits to the holder can change based on the athlete’s career.

Speaking ahead of his upcoming UFC Championship fight against Kamaru Usman, Edwards said: “It’s great to be working with Blockasset, using modern technology to help reward my fans. I’m confident the first of those rewards will arrive when I become UFC Champion in Salt Lake City.”

Blockasset CEO, Paul Evans, added on the partnership: “We’re delighted to be releasing our performance-based trading card NFT range with Leon. We know that utility and rewards are important to our community, and this new range is just one of many ways we plan to reward those within our ecosystem.”

Just 500 of the collectables will be launched, however, the group has outlined that the collaboration will continue and further initiatives will be launched. 

As well as this, the Birmingham fighter will release $LEON, his very own athlete token.

Holders of Leon Edwards’ NFTs will also be able to access variable staking rewards on the volume of $LEON when the Blockasset Exchange goes live.