UFC 262 adds yet another major fight on the card as welterweights Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards will collide in the co-main event of the May 15 PPV in Houston. The two will face-off in a five-round fight, making history as this will the first time a co-main event or a non-title fight will be 25 minutes long. The news was first made official by ESPN, which was later confirmed by other portals. However, president Dana White and team are yet to confirm the information.
Nate Diaz, who is currently 20-12 in MMA, has not entered the octagon since losing the “BMF” title fight against Jorge Masvidal in November 2019. Despite his absence from the cage, Nate Diaz has remained one of the most popular MMA fighters and has continued to take aim at other fighters on social media. Shortly after the news of his return went viral, Nate Diaz confirmed his involvement in UFC 262, while taking shots at main-eventers Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira, who will collide for the vacant UFC lightweight championship.
Nate Diaz took to Twitter and wrote that he can’t wait to return to the UFC octagon after almost two years of absence. Saying that the card will be headlined by Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira, Diaz added, “these guys are they’ve been working very hard”.
Check me out may 15th I’ll be headlining #ufc262 in Houston Texas I’ll also have the new UFC lightweight title fight on the card I need people to know these guys are they’ve been working very hard and I can’t wait to see who gets my old ð I’ll see uguys there ðð¼— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) March 31, 2021
Nate Diaz is 3-2 in his last five UFC fights, with wins over Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis, and Michael Johnson, while losing to McGregor and Masvidal. His upcoming opponent Leon Edwards, meanwhile, is 10-2 in the UFC and has not lost since 2015. Rocky’s last fight was against Belal Muhammad in March 2021, which ended in a no-contest after Edwards accidentally poked Muhammad’s eye, rendering him unable to continue.