Leon Edwards scored the win he needed to lock in his welterweight title shot last night (Sat., June 12, 2021) at UFC 263 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, when “Rocky” defeated the infamous Nate Diaz via unanimous decision.
Diaz was able to advance early to land some shots until Edwards started to bust up his lead leg. Edwards even gained top control in the first to score some ground-and-pound. Edwards went back to the kicks in the second before scoring a takedown along the cage. Diaz recovered but found it difficult to land strikes on the feet as Edwards stayed in his own range.
Edwards was able to gain top control again in the third and landed some solid elbows to bloody Diaz. Diaz was tough as nails and returned to his feet, but Edwards kept busy with a strong clinch game and selective strikes. In the fourth, Edwards connected on a huge right hand that briefly buckled Diaz. “Rocky” also scored a huge elbow during an exchange inside that bloodied Diaz even more.
It looked like Edwards was going to cruise to a five-round blowout but Diaz landed a massive left hand towards the end of the fight that stunned “Rocky.” Diaz unloaded everything he had left to try and finish the welterweight contender but Edwards remained on his feet. In the end, “Rocky” did more than enough to walk away with the win.
Check out the full fight video highlights below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:
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