The return of Nate Diaz will have to wait, as a “minor injury” has forced his fight against Leon Edwards to be moved from UFC’s May 15th pay-per-view card to their June 12th show. News of the change in date for the fight was first reported by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.
The fight now joins UFC 263, which is set to happen at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, USA.
When the fight was first booked for UFC 262, it was scheduled to be a five-round co-main event. It is not known if the fight will still be five rounds now that it was been moved to a card that already has two five-round fights on it.
The fight was set to make UFC history, as it would have been the first time that a five-round non-championship co-main event would happen on a card.
Diaz was set to make his return after over a year outside of the cage. His last bout was in November of 2019, where a doctor stoppage took him out of a main event contest against Jorge Masvidal after the third round.
The booking in June is set to be Diaz’s third appearance in the octagon since 2016.
Edwards made his own return in March, fighting Belal Muhammad in the main event of a UFC card. The fight ended unceremoniously in the second round as an accidental eye poke took Muhammad out of the bout, resulting in a no contest finish.
Prior to then, Edwards had an eight-fight UFC win streak from 2016 to 2019.
UFC 263 is currently set to be headlined by UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya, who will fight rising contender Marvin Vettori. Here is how the lineup looks at the moment.
Bout 11: Israel Adesanya (20-1) vs. Marvin Vettori (17-3-1) (UFC Middleweight Championship)
Bout 10: Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) vs. Brandon Moreno (18-5-2) (UFC Flyweight Championship)
Bout 9: Fares Ziam (11-3) vs. Luigi Vendramini (9-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 8: Hakeem Dawodu (12-1-1) vs. Movsar Evloev (14-0) (Featherweight)
Bout 7: Karol Rosa (14-3) vs. Sijara Eubanks (6-6) (Bantamweight)
Bout 6: Lauren Murphy (14-4) vs. Joanne Calderwood (15-5) (Flyweight)
Bout 5: Demian Maia (28-10) vs. Belal Muhammad (18-3) (Welterweight)
Bout 4: Drew Dober (23-10) vs. Brad Riddell (9-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 3: Steven Peterson (18-9) vs. Chase Hooper (10-1-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 2: Paul Craig (14-4-1) vs. Jamahal Hill (8-0) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Leon Edwards (18-3) vs. Nate Diaz (20-12) (Welterweight)