Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz will be making history on May 15.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that Edwards vs. Diaz is set to be featured on the UFC 262 card in Houston, Texas. It’ll serve as the event’s co-headliner. What makes this one unique is the fact that it’ll be the first time a co-main event non-title fight is being scheduled for five rounds.
Nate Diaz will return against Leon Edwards in the co-main event of UFC 262 on May 15, sources told @arielhelwani.
It will be the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history. pic.twitter.com/kUXHzGi60P
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 31, 2021
Edwards last competed on March 13. He went one-on-one with Belal Muhammad. The fight ended in the second round via No Contest due to an inadvertent eye poke that left Muhammad unable to continue. While Edwards has been calling for a title shot, a showdown with a big name in Diaz was too good to pass up.
As for Diaz, he hasn’t been seen in action since November 2019. He suffered a third-round TKO loss to Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 244.
Edwards is currently the number three-ranked UFC welterweight. Diaz is unranked at this time.
Before the report, UFC President Dana White had claimed that Diaz would be making his return to the lightweight division. The Stockton native denied this, saying he was sticking with 170 pounds. In the end, Diaz got his way.
We’ll keep you posted as more details on the UFC 262 card roll in.