Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards will meet in unusual circumstances at UFC 262.
Diaz vs. Edwards will serve as the co-main event for UFC 262, according to ESPN's Ariel Helwani. The fight will be the first time in UFC history that a non-title co-main event is scheduled for five-rounds. Originally, only UFC title fights were contested for five-rounds. The rule was later amended to include title fights and all main events.
Nathan Diaz vs. Leon Edwards is set for UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston, per sources.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 31, 2021
And, in a twist, the fight will be the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history.
Diaz (20-12) has not competed since a TKO (doctor stoppage) loss to Jorge Masvidal for the BMF title at UFC 244 in Madison Square Garden. Edwards (18-3) returned from a 20-month lay-off against Belal Muhammad; however, the fight was stopped in the second round due to an unintentional eye poke.
UFC 262 takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday, May 15. The pay-per-view card is headlined by a vacant UFC lightweight title, Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler. The event also boasts Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush, Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza, and Jack Hermansson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan. Keep up with Fightful for all your event-related coverage.