Leon Edwards
Rocky

United Kingdom

Hangs on late to get by Nate Diaz
WelterweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Edwards defeated Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
What was a dominant effort from Edwards in enemy territory was severely muted by the way he closed the show. The good news for Leon is that he was in total control for about 24 and a half minutes. He torched Nate with leg kicks in the early going and opened up multiple huge gashes on his opponent. Diaz attempted to turn the fight into a circus on multiple occasions and Edwards wouldn't fall for it. In short, it was the perfect performance from Leon until the closing seconds. Diaz clocked Edwards with a left hand late, and Leon had to hang on for dear life in order to see the final bell. He got there and took a clear cut unanimous decision, but it's fair to wonder if the final moments of this fight cost Edwards an immediate title shot. That might sound ridiculous in theory, but UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman doesn't have a bout signed at the moment and there have been rumblings of a rematch between he and Colby Covington. Regardless, there is no conceivable way Leon is any more than one additional win away from his shot at UFC gold. He in unbeaten in his last 10 fights (9-0, 1NC) dating back to December 2015, with his last defeat coming against Usman.
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Fight pushed back to June 12
WelterweightUFC
May 3, 2021
Edwards' fight against Nate Diaz is being postponed from May 15 to UFC 263 on June 12, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
It's reported that Diaz has suffered a minor injury which will force the postponement of this matchup until later next month. Thus, the original date of this fight, which was May 15, is being pushed back to UFC 263 on June 12. Edwards is set to enter this match as a betting favorite of (-500) or greater.
Taking on Nate Diaz in UFC 262
WelterweightUFC
March 30, 2021
Edwards will fight Nate Diaz in the co-main event of UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The Birmingham native will take part in a historic fight, as his battle with Diaz will be the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history. He is coming off a no-contest against Belal Muhammad on March 13 due to an accidental eye poke by Edwards in the second round. However, before that no-contest, Edwards was riding a eight-fight win streak dating back to 2015.
No contest in return from layoff
WelterweightUFC
March 13, 2021
Edwards and Belal Muhammad fought to a no contest (accidental eye poke) at 0:18 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The eye poke from Edwards was clearly an accident, but that won't make either he or Muhammad feel any better about the situation. Edwards was fighting for the first time since July 2019, while Muhammad was competing in his first main event with the UFC. It doesn't mean anything now, but Edwards looked excellent in Round 1 despite the long layoff. Hopefully the company takes care of both men following an unfortunate situation for all parties involved.
Set to face Belal Muhammad
WelterweightUFC
February 18, 2021
Edwards will now take on Belal Muhammad on the UFC's March 13 card, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Edwards' scheduled fight versus Khamzat Chimaev dated back to last December but was called off on a number of occasions for one reason or another. It will proceed this time around without Chimaev, with Muhammad taking his place on somewhat short notice. Muhammad enters the fight on a four-bout winning streak, while Edwards has emerged victorious in his last eight.
Needs new opponent
WelterweightUFC
February 11, 2021
Edwards will need a new opponent after Chimaev was forced to withdraw due to ongoing physical issues related to his previous COVID-19 diagnosis, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This marked the third time that Edwards fight versus Chimaev, originally scheduled for early December, has fallen through. However, Edwards is slated to book a new opponent this time around. His new opponent hasn't been announced at this point.