Nate Diaz is in high gear for his awaited return to the cage, which will take place next month at UFC 263 against No. 3-ranked welterweight contender Leon Edwards.
Diaz — who hasn’t competed since a technical knockout loss to Jorge Masvidal back in Nov. 2019 — was originally expected to face Edwards at UFC 262 earlier this month. However, a small injury bumped Diaz from the card and forced the promotion to re-book the matchup for the next pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Luckily, Diaz and Edwards are still scheduled to fight for five rounds, which is a first for a non-title, non-main event UFC fight. With 25 minutes to work with and extra time to prepare Diaz is pulling out all the stops for his UFC 263 clash with “Rocky.” In fact, Diaz is giving fight fans an inside look into his training camp and what he’s been doing to gameplan for a fighter like Edwards, who hasn’t tasted defeat since a decision loss to Kamaru Usman back in 2015.
Diaz’s recent training camp footage can be seen in the above video player.
If Diaz is able to take out Edwards it will once again set him up for a massive fight his next time out. Current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is already running out of top contenders so maybe Diaz can sneak in for a title shot with a win over the No. 3-ranked guy. Edwards is no slouch, though, as the English striker has looked better and better over the past five years.
UFC 263 will take place on June 12 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., with a middleweight title fight rematch between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori serving as the main event.
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