The highly anticipated fight between Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz will no longer take place at UFC 262 in May. Instead, it’s been pushed back a few weeks to UFC 263.
Several sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Monday following an initial report 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 15th. Fortunately, the injury was only a small setback, and the former title challenger will be ready to go again at UFC 263 on June 12th. .
The rare five-round match without a main event joins a pay-per-view card that also includes a couple of title matches as Israel Adesanya puts his middleweight belt on the field in a rematch against Marvin Vettori, while Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno meet for second time to the flyweight championship.
These two fights have already made UFC 263 a crucial match card, but the addition of Edwards vs. Diaz will certainly increase interest in the event, which takes place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., With a large audience present.
The meeting with Diaz gives Edwards the chance to expand his unbeaten streak with nine matches stretching all the way back to 201
As for Diaz, the one-time candidate for the “BMF” title will make his first appearance since November 2019, when he lost to Jorge Masvidal of TKO after a series of cuts that resulted in doctors not allowing him to continue.