Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards Postponed from UFC 262 to UFC 263

By Tristen Critchfield May 4, 2021


A high-profile bout originally slated for UFC 262 will take place about a month later than originally anticipated.

According to a report from Yahoo Sports, Nate Diaz has suffered a minor injury that has resulted in the postponement of his welterweight clash against Leon Edwards. The five-round, non-title contest has been moved from UFC 262 on May 15 to UFC 263 on June 12.

UFC 263 takes place at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., and is headlined by a middleweight championship tilt between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori. In the co-main event, Deiveson Figueiredo will face Brandon Morena in a flyweight title rematch.

Diaz will compete for the first time since losing to Jorge Masvidal via third-round doctor stoppage for the “BMF” title at UFC 244 in November 2019. The Stockton, Calif., native has competed infrequently in recent years, splitting a pair of bouts with Conor McGregor in 2016 and besting Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in August 2019 before the aforementioned setback to “Gamebred.”

Edwards came back from a lengthy hiatus at UFC Fight Night 187, where an accidental eye poke from the Brit ended his headlining bout against Belal Muhammad 18 seconds into Round 2 on March 13. Prior to that, “Rocky” outpoined Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC on ESPN 4 main event in July 2019. Edwards is unbeaten in his last nine promotional appearances dating back to 2016.

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