Nate Diaz to return against Leon Edwards in first 5-round, non-title co-main event at UFC 262

Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards to compete in first non-title, five-round co-main event at UFC 262

Nate Diaz will reportedly make his return to the Octagon for the first time in 18 months and Leon Edwards will get a major fight he’s been looking for. Diaz and Edwards are reportedly booked to face off in the co-main event of UFC 262 on May 15.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was the first to break the story, adding that the fight will be given some historical context. Diaz and Edwards’ fight will be set for five rounds, making it the first time a modern-era MMA non-title fight — let alone a UFC non-title fight — outside of the main event will be contested with such a length.

Nate Diaz to return against Leon Edwards in co-main event of UFC 262

Diaz confirmed the bout on his own Twitter account. The UFC did not announce the fight exactly, but re-released a Diaz hype video teasing his impending return.

This will be Diaz’s first time competing since a pair of fights he had in 2019. At UFC 241, Diaz scored a unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis. It marked Diaz’s first fight in almost exactly three years — when he competed in a pair of bouts against Conor McGregor.

Diaz then fought Jorge Masvidal in the BMF title fight at UFC 244, losing via doctor’s stoppage after three rounds.

Edwards made his UFC return after more than a year-and-a-half absence at UFC Vegas 21 on March 13, taking on short-notice opponent Belal Muhammad. The fight was declared a no-contest after an accidental eye poke from Edwards early in the second round.

Like most of MMA, the UFC had typically reserved five rounds for title fights exclusively until 2011, when UFC President Dana White announced all UFC main events would be five rounds in length regardless of if its a title fight or not.

UFC 262 will take place on May 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. It will be headlined by Michael Chandler and Charlies Oliveira doing battle to determine the new UFC lightweight champion.

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Published at Wed, 31 Mar 2021 03:45:33 +0000

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