Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz manage to put on weight for UFC 263, ahead of middleweight and fly champions


In the UFC 263 weigh-ins, Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards were the first marquee clash to put on any weight. Edwards stepped on the scale first and weighed 170.5 pounds, while Diaz weighed 170 pounds.

The welterweight duo gained weight ahead of the two champions, Israel Adesanya and Deiveson Figueiredo. Now all that’s left is Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards to put on a show at UFC 263 this Saturday.

The fight between the two will be the first-ever untitled five-round fight without a main event in UFC history. Nate Diaz was originally scheduled to face ‘Rocky’ at UFC 262 pay-per-view, but a minor injury forced the former to withdraw from the fight.

After Diaz’s withdrawal, the UFC confirmed that the “West Coast Gangster” will face Edwards in Glendale, Arizona.

Nate Diaz to look to cause upheaval at UFC 263

The fight at UFC 263 will be Nate Diaz’s first fight since 2019, when he lost to Jorge Masvidal. His fight with ‘Gamebred’ ended controversially via a doctor’s arrest. Diaz is known to bleed profusely, which makes quitting even more surprising.

The loss meant Nate Diaz failed to win the custom BMF belt. But ‘The Stockton Slugger’ made it clear their intention to compete at welterweight and got booked for a fight against Leon Edwards.

That being said, Edwards will also jump into the fight following a controversial decision. On his last octagonal outing, “Rocky” fought Belal Muhammad for a No Contest after an accidental glance led to the fight being concluded.

A win here would not only extend Edwards’ winning streak, but also put him in line for a potential shot at the UFC welterweight championship. Edwards has already lost to defending champion Kamaru Usman and would love nothing more than to avenge his performance and potentially win the welterweight title from “The Nigerian Nightmare”.

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