Nate Diaz is coming back for his first fight since 2019, and he’ll be going up against Leon Edwards in a historic co-main event at UFC 262.
ESPN announced earlier today that the two would be facing off in a welterweight fight that will mark the first five-round non-title, non-main-event fight ever to take place in the UFC.
Diaz last fought for the “BMF” belt, which he lost to Jorge Masvidal. Prior to that, he’d won three of his last four fights, which included one win and one loss against Conor McGregor.
Edwards is coming off a fight against Belal Muhammad that ended in a no-contest after an accidental eye poke from Edwards ended the fight early in the second round. Before that, though, he was riding an eight-fight winning streak that spanned back to 2015, having defeated names like Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos.
Edwards first called out Diaz in February while waiting for a replacement for Khamzat Chimaev, who had to pull out of matchups against Edwards three times due to ongoing issues from COVID-19.
UFC 262 will be headlined by a fight between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight title following confirmation of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement. The card will also feature a lightweight fight between Beneil Dariush and Tony Ferguson.
UFC 262 will take place on Saturday, May 15.