- Nate Diaz suffered a minor injury which will push back his fight with Leon Edwards to UFC 263 on June 12th.
- Diaz and Edwards were supposed to fight on May 15th.
- Edwards was listed as a sizable betting favorite to beat Diaz in their five-round fight.
The highly anticipated return of Nate Diaz will have to wait a little longer.
That’s because Diaz suffered an unspecified minor injury during training which will not enable him to compete on May 15 for his scheduled bout with Leon Edwards. Luckily for the UFC, the injury wasn’t serious and the promotion was able to push the bout back a few weeks to UFC 263.
The bout is now expected to be the third fight of the event with two title fights headlining the June 12th show. UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya will defend his title against no. 3 ranked Marvin Vettori in the main event while the rematch between flyweight king Deiveson Figueiredo and no. 1 contender Brandon Moreno is expected to be the co-main event. But despite its new billing, the Diaz vs Edwards bout will remain as a non-title, non-main event five round contest.
Losing BMF Title Fight
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 8, 2020
Diaz has not competed since losing to Jorge Masvidal in the UFC’s first ever BMF title fight in 2019. The Stockton standout Diaz had always branded himself as the UFC’s “BMF” or “baddest MF but since Masvidal’s superb 2019 run, he challenged Diaz for that nostalgic title. The UFC decided to make an honorary belt and let the two compete for the BMF title at UFC 244.
The 36-year old Diaz is the brother of former Strikeforce and WEC welterweight champion Nick Diaz. Together, the Diaz brothers are one of the most popular fighters in the history of the UFC and one of its biggest draws. Although Nate has fought sporadically with only four bouts after 2015, he remains a big sell and an enigmatic talent inside the octagon.
Nate is just 3-3 in his last six bouts and has an overall record of 20-12 with five knockouts and 11 submission wins. But with 15 post fight bonuses ( tied with Joe Lauzon for the most ever in UFC history), Diaz always delivers and exciting fight. His two bouts against Conor McGregor are among the top PPV events of all-time in the UFC so it’s a no-brainer that Uncle Dana wants him to fight again.
Last Fight Ended in a No-Contest
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 14, 2021
Edwards is on the cusp of fighting for the welterweight title but his strap season bid was derailed after his last bout against Belal Muhammad ended in a no-contest following an accidental eye poke by Edwards. Prior to that, Edwards had won eight consecutive bouts to rise in the rankings.
Rocky was supposed to fight Kamaru Usman for the world title last year but due to the restrictions and conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, he begged off from the title fight and Masvidal ended up challenging Usman at Fight Island last year. Edwards decided sit out 2020 and was nearly removed from the rankings due to inactivity. The UFC booked him a bout against Khamzat Chimaev but the Chechnyan prospect fell ill to COVID-19 and the bout was cancelled.
The Muhammad bout was supposed to seal Edwards’ title shot but that didn’t end well and Edwards finds himself in the waiting game once again. Usman is likely to defend the welterweight title against no. 1 Colby Covington so Edwards hopes Diaz heals up so they can finally meet on June 12th. The best UFC betting sites had listed Edwards as a sizeable favorite to beat Diaz but that fight will now have to wait.