The highly anticipated fight between Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz will no longer take place at UFC 262 in May. Instead, he was pushed back for a few weeks at UFC 263.
Several sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Monday following an initial report of Yahoo! Des sports.
The change came after Diaz suffered a minor injury during training camp that kept him from competing as early as May 15. .
The rare five-round non-main fight joins a pay-per-view that also includes a pair of title fights as Israel Adesanya puts his middleweight belt up for grabs in a rematch against Marvin Vettori while Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno meet for the second time for the flyweight championship.
Both of these fights have already made UFC 263 a crucial fight card, but the addition of Edwards vs Diaz will certainly increase interest in the event, which takes place at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., With a large crowd.
The showdown with Diaz gives Edwards the chance to extend his nine-fight unbeaten streak, which dates back to 2016. Edwards last competed in March, but an accidental glance forced his fight with Belal Muhammad to be declared uncontested. .
As for Diaz, the former ‘BMF’ title contender is making his first appearance since November 2019, when he lost to Jorge Masvidal by TKO following a series of cuts that prevented medics from continuing.