The planned UFC 262 clash between Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards will have to wait a little longer. Diaz suffered an injury in training camp, forcing the fight to be pushed back to UFC 263 on June 12th. The news was originally reported by Yahoo Sports before being confirmed by Edwards on Twitter.
The fight retains its status as the first untitled fight scheduled for five rounds outside of the main event in UFC history. Details of Diaz’s injury have not been released.
Diaz is fighting for the first time since losing his BMF title fight to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 in November 2019. Before the loss to Masvidal, Diaz took a decisive win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241. Prior to these two 2019 fights, Diaz had been out of Octagon since his two fights with Conor McGregor in 2016.
Edwards recently ended his own inactivity stretch when he battled with Belal Muhammad in a Fight Night main event on March 13th. The match, Edwards’ first since July 2019, ended in a no competition as an accidental eye from Edwards left Muhammad unable to continue. He runs an eight-game winning streak that goes back to a loss in December 2015 for Kamaru Usman.