Nate Diaz has often been criticized for his decision to stick to the welterweight division despite a frame that best suits the lightweight division. Be that as it may, the Stockton Slugger has performed reasonably well in the 170-pound division and is now set to take on #3 ranked welterweight contender Leon Edwards in what could potentially be the #1 contender’s fight for the UFC welterweight championship.
In a recent post from the official handle of Nate Diaz Academy, Nate Diaz’s welterweight physique looks promising ahead of UFC 263. Initially scheduled to take on Leon Edwards in the co-main event of UFC 262, Diaz pulled out of the bout for the first time in his MMA career. According to reports, Diaz pulled out of the bout due to lingering back problems.
Nate Diaz has been out of active competition since his stoppage loss against Jorge Masvidal back at UFC 244. Needless to say, the former lightweight title challenger has put in the work and will look to make the most of it as he takes on Leo Rocky Edwards.
Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz takes place at UFC 263
Edwards is on an eight-fight win streak and has looked unstoppable inside the Octagon. Edwards’ win over Rafael dos Anjos was an incredible performance from a top-class mixed martial artist. In what will be UFC’s history’s first five-round featured bout in the main card at UFC 263, all the eys will be on Nate Diaz who will make his UFC return after more than 15 months of absence.
In conversation with ESPN had of the match-up, Edwards had revealed how they match-up with Nate Diaz fell into place. Edwards is coming off a no-result against Belal Muhammad after a vicious eye poke from Edwards in the second round rendered Belal unable to continue.
My manager phoned me, 12 o clock at night over here, he was somewhere else. He’s like, ‘UFC phoned me about Nate Diaz.”
“I didn’t really, Nate is Nate. You never really know what he is gonna do.”
Needless to say, Nate Diaz is one of the most popular fighters in the UFC. A lot of eyeballs will be on the featured bout at UFC 263 with Leon Edwards having an incredible opportunity to triumph over Nate Diaz and garner more fans going forward in his pursuit to grab the UFC welterweight gold.