UFC 262 has additional a historic co-principal party.
Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards are set to square off in the co-main party of the May well 15 fork out-for every-watch occasion in Houston. The welterweight struggle will be the initially five-round fight in UFC background that is not a title struggle or a principal function.
Two people today with knowledge of the matchup verified the scheduling to MMA Junkie but asked to keep on being nameless as the promotion has nonetheless to make an official announcement. ESPN was the 1st to report the news.
Diaz (20-12 MMA, 18-11 UFC) has not competed or been booked considering the fact that a November 2019 “BMF” title combat reduction to Jorge Masvidal. 1 of the most well-liked fighters in UFC record, Diaz remained active on Twitter for the duration of his time absent from the cage, getting shots at prospective foreseeable future opponents from time to time.
Soon following news of his return broke, Diaz took to Twitter once again. He verified his participation in UFC 262 and took a shot at headliners Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira, who will contend for the vacant UFC lightweight championship.
“Examine me out may possibly 15th I’ll be headlining #ufc262 in Houston Texas I’ll also have the new UFC lightweight title fight on the card I require people to know these men are they’ve been doing the job really really hard and I can’t wait around to see who receives my old I’ll see (you) men there.”
Around the span of his most latest five fights, Diaz is 3-2 with wins about Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis, and Michael Johnson – and losses towards McGregor and Masvidal.
Verify me out may perhaps 15th I’ll be headlining #ufc262 in Houston Texas I’ll also have the new UFC light-weight title fight on the card I require men and women to know these guys are they’ve been doing the job very challenging and I simply cannot wait to see who gets my outdated 👑 I’ll see uguys there 👊🏼
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) March 31, 2021
Acquiring not lost given that 2015, Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) rode an 8-fight profitable streak into his March 13 major occasion clash towards Belal Muhammad. The battle finished in Round 2 following Edwards poked Muhamamd in the eye and rendered him unable to carry on.
In mid-February, the two fighters engaged in a transient exchange on Twitter while Edwards awaited an opponent to phase in for Khamzat Chimaev. Immediately after Edwards identified as him out, Diaz took a site out of Conor McGregor’s e-book.
Nate just dribbled for an hour about wanting to battle at 170 versus winners… let us see it then @NateDiaz209. 8 combat gain streak and #3 in the entire world. Let us go if you nevertheless believe you’re a genuine a single https://t.co/PUaPfwtRPQ
— Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) February 12, 2021
And who the fuck is this ? pic.twitter.com/V4SYsZqFWq
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) February 12, 2021
UFC 262 normally takes location May perhaps 15 at Toyota Centre in Houston. The primary card streams on ESPN+ pay back-for every-see following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
The most current UFC 262 card features:
- Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira
- Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards
- Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Ferguson
- Jamie Pickett vs. Jordan Wright
- Priscila Cachoeira vs. Gina Mazany
- Viviane Araujo vs. Katlyn Chookagian
- Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
- Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko
- Edson Barboza vs. Shane Burgos
- Jack Hermansson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
- Joel Alvarez vs. Christo Giagos
- Andre Muniz vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Rafael Alves vs. Damir Ismagulov