Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz pushed from May 15th to UFC 263 in June
The UFC’s next pay-per-view will have one less marquee fight. Nate Diaz suffered a minor injury in training and won’t be ready for his scheduled bout with Leon Edwards at UFC 262 on May 15th. The setback was not serious enough to scrap the fight entirely, as the two will square off at UFC 263 on June 12th in Glendale, Arizona. Diaz and Edwards were to occupy the co-main event slot for May’s event at the Toyota Center in Houston for a rare five-round non-title match. With two title fights already slotted for UFC 263, the Diaz fight will likely be moved to the third headliner.
When they step foot in the octagon in Arizona, it will have been 19 months since Diaz’s last fight. The former lightweight title contender lost to Jorge Masvidal via doctor’s stoppage in the third round at UFC 244 in November of 2019. Nate has dropped two of his past three, including the much-anticipated rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. The long-time UFC vet has fought just three times in the past five years.
Leon Edwards is unbeaten in his past nine fights and is coming off a no-contest after accidentally poking Belal Muhammad in the eye in the second round of their March 13th match. Edwards is rated number three in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Over at the FanDuel Sportsbook, Edwards is a -450 favorite while the 36-year-old Diaz is a +340 longshot.