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Nate Diaz to make UFC return against Leon Edwards in historic five-round fight
- Updated: March 31, 2021
Nate Diaz is set to make his return to the UFC on May 15th, in the co-main event of UFC 262. The Stockton fan-favorite will be fighting Leon Edwards upon his return to the octagon.
According to an initial report from Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Nate Diaz will face ‘Rocky’ in what will be the former’s first fight since UFC 244 in 2019. The fight will reportedly be a five-round co-main event, the very first in UFC history.
Here is the report from Ariel Helwani on Twitter:
While an official announcement is yet to be made by the UFC, it didn’t take Nate Diaz long to fire shots at his opponents after the news was made public. Diaz took to social media to claim that he will be “headlining” UFC 262 in Houston, Texas.
Diaz also added that UFC 262 will witness Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira fighting for his old lightweight crown. The self-proclaimed ‘West Coast Gangster’ has seemingly confirmed that he will be fighting on the UFC 262 card after all.
Nate Diaz hasn’t been active in the UFC since 2019
Nate Diaz’s last fight in the UFC was in 2019 against Jorge Masvidal. The former was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the BMF Championship but has been competing in the welterweight division for a while now.
Before his controversial loss to ‘Gamebred’, Nate Diaz was victorious over Anthony Pettis in a three-round fight. While Diaz is no stranger to competing in the lightweight division, he has confirmed that he will be focusing on welterweight moving forward.