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UFC 263: Nate Diaz injury forces Leon Edwards fight back to June 12


UFC fans waiting for the eagerly-anticipated welterweight clash between Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards will have to hang on for an additional month.

News emerged late on Monday night that Diaz had suffered an undisclosed injury, which has forced the postponement of their five-round co-main event matchup at UFC 262 on May 15.

However, the injury is not thought to be serious, and MMA Junkie/USA Today has confirmed that the bout has already been rescheduled to the following month’s pay-per-view event.

It means Diaz and Edwards will now face off at UFC 263, which takes place on June 12 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

It means the bout will join a lineup already featuring two world title fights.

Reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will take on Italian contender Marvin Vettori in the night’s main event.

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Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 to cement his place at the top of the UFC’s 170-pound division, and former interim champion Colby Covington is expected to face “The Nigerian Nightmare” next in a world championship rematch later this year.

But Edwards also has designs on a title shot, and hasn’t lost a fight in the octagon since he and Usman battled all the way to the scorecards back in December 2015. 

Edwards lost out by unanimous decision on that occasion, but has evolved his game considerably since then and now stands one win away from a possible rematch with Usman, who is now rated as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC.

Edwards’ arrival on the card will take the British contingent set for action at the event to three.

Scotland is represented by light heavyweight contender Paul Craig and women’s flyweight contender Joanne Calderwood, who take on Jamahal Hill and Lauren Murphy, respectively.


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