An unspecified minor injury to Nate Diaz repulsed his match against Leon Edwards a month ago, a source familiar with the UFC’s plans told Yahoo Sports on Monday.
Diaz was scheduled to fight 3rd place in the Edwards rankings in five rounds in the welterweight division of UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston in the side event of the map.
Instead, he was moved about a month ago to UFC 263 on June 12 in Glendale, Arizona. It is not yet clear if this match will still be fivefold, given that there are two title fights in the Glendale show. Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will face Marvin Vettori in the main event, while men’s champion Deiveson Figueiredo will rematch with Brandon Moreno in the side event.
UFC 262 will be led by a vacancy for the vacant lightweight title between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler. The UFC has not announced a replacement for the side event, but Tony Ferguson is scheduled to fight Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 and he can take over.
Diaz has not fought since losing a match for the BMF Championship to Jorge Masvidal on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244 in New York. Then-President Donald Trump was among those present at the Madison Square Garden show.
On March 13, Edwards came out without a match against Belal Mohammad. Mohammed was stabbed in the eye and could not continue. Prior to this match, Edwards had not fought since July 20, 2019.
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