Absent since November 2019 and his defeat to Jorge Masvidal for the “BMF” title, legend Nate Diaz will be back in the octagon on May 15 at UFC 262 for a welterweight fight against Briton Leon Edwards. A shock that will take place in five rounds, a historic first for an untitled fight in play which is not the “main event” of the evening.
He has never won a belt in the UFC (or elsewhere), even that of the “Baddest Motherfucker” who represents him so much. His career record, 20-12, is far from the best in history. But when Nate diaz fighting in the octagon, like his big brother Nick by the way, you can be sure that the MMA world has their eyes on the screen. Legend of his discipline, born fighter who never hesitates to launch into a “war”, the winner of the show The Ultimate Fighter 5 (in 2007) has an immense aura and mystique around its name.
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A notoriety that had exploded beyond the circle of insiders when the boy from Stockton (California) had inflicted, in March 2016, his first defeat in the UFC to a Conor McGregor who came out of his express victory over José Aldo for the title feathers. MMA and UFC aficionados love Diaz, you know, and love to watch him fight. That’s good, they will have the opportunity on May 15. It’s the nice surprise of the day: more than a year and a half after his last appearance in the cage, a loss to Jorge Masvidal for the “BMF” title in early November 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York (medical stop after the third round due to cuts)
Number 3 in the welterweight title challengers, the latter could have faced the number 1 in this ranking, Colby Covington, but the UFC could not agree with the American. Edwards, launched on a series of nine unbeaten fights (the last date of December 2015) including eight victories, remains on a “no contest” against Belal Muhammad – he had dealt him an involuntary blow in the eye, which had forced to stop the fight – mid-March after more than a year without a fight and now hopes to beat Diaz to secure a title date with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
But we can be sure that Nate, who has a 3-2 record on his last five outings in the Octagon, does not hear it that way and intends to surprise to place himself at the top of this category. Their clash will also be a first: the UFC has planned the thing in five rounds, which has never happened in the history of the organization for an untitled fight in play that is not the “main event” of an event. The main event will pit Brazilian Charles Oliveira against American Michael Chandler for the lightweight title, which became vacant with the retirement of now undefeated ex-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. A fight that makes you want to. But with Nate Diaz on the schedule, the card of this UFC 262 immediately takes on an additional shine.