Nate Diaz is set to return to action after agreeing to a five-round co-main event fight against Leon Edwards at UFC 262 on May 15th.
“Check me out may 15th I’ll be headlining #ufc262 in Houston Texas,” Diaz wrote on Twitter. “I’ll also have the new UFC lightweight title fight on the card I need people to know these guys are they’ve been working very hard and I can’t wait to see who gets my old 👑 “I’ll see uguys there 👊🏼”
Despite Diaz tongue-in-cheek comment it is confirmed that the fight will be the co-main event, and it will make history, being the first non-title-fight co-main event to be scheduled for five rounds.
Diaz will be fighting for the first time since losing to Jorge Masvidal by TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage in their ‘BMF’ title fight back in November of 2019.
As for Edwards, he recently returned from a long layoff to fight Belal Muhammad, and appeared to be getting the better of the action up until the point he accidentally eyepoked his opponent, leading to the bout being declared a no-contest.
Afterwards Edwards insisted he was winning the fight and so was looking past a rematch in favor of a title fight, having now gone nine fights unbeaten in the Octagon.
The UFC haven’t granted him that wish, but Diaz is the kind of high-profile fighter that Edwards has been craving, and a win against him would raise his stock and his chances of getting to fight for the title.
Diaz vs. Edwards will feature on a UFC 262 card that will be headlined by a fight for the vacant lightweight title between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler.