The much-anticipated fight between Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz will no longer take place at UFC 262 in May. Instead, it was returned to UFC 263 just a few weeks.
Several sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Monday after initial reports from Yahoo! sport.
The change came after Diaz suffered a minor injury during his training camp that prevented him from competing as early as May 15.Fortunately, the injury was only a small setback and the former challenger. The position will be ready to compete again at UFC 263 on June 12.
A rare five-round non-main fight will join a pay-per-view card featuring a duo title fight, while Israeli Adesanya lays up his middleweight belt to win the match against Marvin Vettori in Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno met for the second time for the flyweight championship.
Both of these fights make UFC 263 a prime battle card, but the addition of Edwards vs. Daz will certainly add to the event, which will take place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz state, with full attendance. All gone
A showdown with Diaz gave Edwards the opportunity to expand his nine-point punch, which dates back to 2016. Edwards only entered the tournament last March. But an accidental nudity led to a battle with Belal Muhammad being declared no competition.
As for Diaz, the only one-time “BMF” nominee made his first appearance since November 2019, when he was beaten to Jorge Masvidal by TKO after a series of modifications, doctors were not allowed to continue.