The long-awaited fight between Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz will no longer take place at UFC 262 in May. Instead, he was moved a few weeks back to UFC 263.
Numerous sources confirmed the news of MMA Fighting on Monday after an initial report from Yahoo! Sports.
The change came after Diaz suffered a minor injury during his training camp, which prevented him from competing on May 15. Fortunately, the injury was only a minor setback and the former title contender will be ready to return to UFC 263 on June 12.
The rare battle of five rounds of a non-major event joins a pay-per-view card that also includes a pair of title fights as Israel Adesanya puts his belt in the middleweight bout for a rematch against Marvin Vetori while Davison Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno are meet for the second time for the fly championship.
These two fights have already made UFC 263 a key battle, but the addition of Edwards against Diaz will certainly increase interest in the event, which takes place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, with a full audience.
The clash with Diaz gave Edwards a chance to extend his nine-match losing streak, which lasted until 201
As for Diaz, the one-time contender for the title “BMF” appears for the first time since November 2019, when he lost to Jorge Masvidal of TKO after a series of layoffs, as a result of which doctors did not allow him to continue.