UFC 263: Leon Edwards’ bout has been pushed back to June 12 due to Nate Diaz’s injury.
The co-main event of UFC 262 was intended to feature a welterweight matchup.
Fans of the UFC will have to wait another month for the highly anticipated welterweight bout between Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards.
Diaz suffered an undisclosed injury late Monday night, forcing the rescheduling of their five-round co-main event bout at UFC 262 on May 15.
The injury is not thought to be significant, and the fight has already been rescheduled for the next month’s pay-per-view event, according to MMA Junkie/USA Today.
Diaz will now fight Edwards at UFC 263, which will take place on June 12 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
It means the fight will be added to a bill that already includes two world title contests.
In the night’s main event, reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will face Italian contender Marvin Vettori.
The fight is a rematch of their April 2018 encounter, which Adesanya won by split decision, but this time championship gold is on the line.
The co-main event is a rematch for the UFC flyweight title between Brazilian world champion Deiveson Figueiredo and Mexico’s Brandon Moreno, after their first fight ended in a majority draw last year.
The fight was largely regarded as one of the most thrilling UFC fights of 2020, and a repeat performance is possible, with both men sure they can make the necessary modifications to capture the crown.
Edwards will enter the battle on a nine-bout winning streak and with his sights set on a chance at Kamaru Usman’s UFC welterweight belt.
Former interim champion Colby Covington is slated to face “The Nigerian Nightmare” in a world championship rematch later this year after Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 to solidify his place at the top of the UFC’s 170-pound division.
Edwards, on the other hand, has his sights set on a championship opportunity and hasn’t lost a fight in the cage since a close fight with Usman in December 2015.
Edwards was defeated by a unanimous decision at the time, but he has improved his game significantly since then and is currently one win away from a title. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”