UFC: Leon Edwards down to fight Jorge Masvidal in November

Leon Edwards

A UFC grudge match could be getting closer to happening. For the last couple of years, fight fans have wanted to see welterweights Jorge Masvidal (35-15) and Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) throw down inside the octagon.

However, the fight has never been made. The desire to see these two fight stems back from a UFC Fight Night in England. Both Edwards and Masvidal competed on the card with Masvidal facing Darren Till in the main event.

Masvidal knocked out Till while Edwards won a decision over Gunnar Nelson earlier in the evening. When Masvidal was doing his post-fight interview with ESPN, Edwards walked by and said they should fight in July (2019).

Masvidal replied which caused Edwards to tell Masvidal to, “Shut up.” After Edwards said that, Masvidal approached him and the two had an exchange. Masvidal caught Edwards clean a couple of times and bloodied up the British welterweight.

Ever since then, these two have been jawing back-and-forth, but the UFC has never made the fight. Edwards has called for it over the last couple of years, but Masvidal took fights with Ben Askren and Nate Diaz before getting a couple of title shots.

Will the UFC make this fight happen?

Recently, the UFC has been trying to put this fight together. However, Edwards is wanting to wait for a title shot. Edwards is 9-0, 1 NC in his last ten appearances inside the octagon and believes he should get a shot at Kamaru Usman.

In all honesty, Edwards does have a point. However, Usman is currently booked to rematch with Colby Covington in November which as Edwards on the sidelines. Masvidal has said he’s interested in fighting Edwards, but Edwards has maintained he wanted to wait.

However, he changed his tune a bit today. Edwards told Ariel Helwani that he’d definitely fight Masvidal if they could fight in November. Apparently, the Masvidal camp has been pushing the UFC for December or January.

Edwards wants to try and line up with the welterweight title fight to not delay his shot any further. At this point, there is no word on if Masvidal’s camp is interested in taking the fight in November.

Masvidal recently called out Edwards on Twitter for dodging a fight with him. Well, Edwards has now made it clear that he will fight Masvidal if they fight before the end of the year. We will have to see how this plays out, but I wouldn’t rule the UFC setting this one up.

Vicente Luque continues to rise after UFC 265

This past Saturday at UFC 265, we saw a pivotal matchup in the welterweight division. Top six welterweights went head-to-head as Vicente Luque (21-7-1) took on Michael Chiesa (17-5).

Chiesa was unbeaten in the UFC‘s welterweight division heading into Saturday night. Luque on the other hand has been one of the top welterweights in the division over the last few years who has just stumbled twice since his promotional debut.

Vicente Luque looks like he can become a UFC champion. He has tremendous striking, a fun style, and he’s very slick on the ground. However, his ground skills are rarely talked about considering how good he is on the feet. Well, at UFC 265 we saw how good his grappling was.

In the first round, Michael Chiesa landed a big takedown. Once he got on top of Luque, he was able to get to his back. Chiesa tried to lock in a choke and for a moment, it appeared that Chiesa was going to get the win at UFC 265.

However, Luque powered through and ended up on top. Both men started a scramble and Chiesa left his neck exposed. Luque locked in a d’arce choke and shocked everyone by submitting the ground specialist in the first round.

What’s next after UFC 265?

This was another huge win for Luque who has won four fights in a row. In his last 16 UFC fights, Luque holds an astonishing record of 14-2. The only two losses he’s had have come against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Leon Edwards (19-3).

In thinking about what comes next following UFC 265, there’s one fight that stands out for me. That’s a fight with Leon Edwards. In reality, Edwards has done enough to earn himself a UFC title shot.

That said, if he wants to fight for the title next, he’s going to be waiting a while. Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington are fighting in November for the title. If Edwards wants a UFC title shot, he’s likely not going to get it until spring of 2022.

With how inactive Edwards has been, he needs another fight. Luque is currently ranked fourth in the welterweight division and a fight between the two men would give the division a clear number one contender after Covington. Neither has fought for the title either so it would make a ton of sense.

These two did fight back in 2017 with Edwards picking up the decision win. This is a great matchup and I think the UFC would be wise to try and book this one.

Will the UFC book Leon Edwards – Jorge Masvidal?

Leon Edwards

Last week the UFC‘s BMF teased fight fans when he tweeted out that he would be returning soon. Jorge Masvidal (35-15) has been spotted in Las Vegas this week ahead of his teammate’s trilogy with Conor McGregor.

Masvidal has said that he’s ready to return and this week his agent said that they were targeting October or November. Originally, the Masvidal camp was pushing for a matchup with either Nick Diaz or Colby Covington.

However, neither one of those fights look like they’re available. Nick Diaz is going to be facing Robbie Lawler in September while Dana White reiterated to MMA Junkie that Colby Covington would be fighting for the UFC welterweight title next.

Covington’s title shot also means that Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) is not getting the title shot. Edwards has won a staggering nine fights in a row with a no contest thrown in there. He just fought at UFC 263 where he defeated Nate Diaz by decision.

Masvidal and Edwards have some history after they had an altercation backstage in 2019. Perhaps it’s finally time for the UFC to book the grudge match that’s a couple of years in the making. Dana White said that he likes the idea.

Will the UFC book it?

Leon Edwards is in a really tough spot. He does deserve to fight for the UFC welterweight title, however, if he wants to do that next, he’s going to be waiting a while. White told MMA Junkie that the rematch between Usman and Covington would take place later this year.

If Edwards wanted to hold out, he wouldn’t fight again until the spring. After missing so much time over the past couple of years, I would advise Edwards to stay active. So if he stays active, who in the UFC’s welterweight division makes sense.

Well, it comes down to what Leon Edwards wants. If he wants a fight that will help build his brand before a title shot, he should take the Masvidal fight. If he wants a top contender coming off a win, maybe look to the UFC 264 co-main event’s winner.

There are several options, but I think the best option for both men is to fight each other. For Masvidal, it would get him right back into the title picture. For Edwards, it would give him another win over a star which would cement his case to fight for the title in 2022.

Jorge Masvidal teases UFC return: ‘Soon…’

One of the most popular fighters in the UFC could be getting ready to make his return. Jorge Masvidal (35-15) took to Twitter this afternoon where he was asked about his return to the octagon. Gamebred responded with a single word: Soon.

The last time we saw Masvidal was at UFC 261 when he had his welterweight title rematch with Kamaru Usman. Masvidal was knocked out in the second round by the champion. It was the first time in Masvidal’s UFC career that he was stopped by strikes.

It’s been an interesting stretch for the BMF. Masvidal’s last victory came at UFC 244 when he defeated Nate Diaz (20-13) for the UFC‘s BMF title. The one-off title belt was awarded to Masvidal after a doctor called a stop to the action due to a cut on Diaz.

After that victory, Masvidal was promised a title shot. However, negotiations didn’t go well at first and Masvidal’s shot was given to Gilbert Burns. Gilbert Burns was set to fight Kamaru Usman to headline the UFC‘s first PPV on Fight Island, but he tested positive for COVID.

The promotion went back to Masvidal on a week’s notice and Masvidal took the fight. Masvidal lost, but Usman gave him a rematch to show that it didn’t matter how long Masvidal had to prepare. Ultimately, the champion was right this time around and Masvidal came up short at UFC 261.

Who will Masvidal face in his UFC return?

There are a lot of great fights out there for the UFC’s BMF. His ultimate goal is to become welterweight champion, but it’s going to take another big winning streak to warrant another fight with Kamaru Usman.

Colby Covington is likely to get the next fight with the champion. With those two seemingly lined up, I think a matchup with Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) would be great. There’s history there due to their backstage altercation back in 2019 and Edwards is at the top of the division.

A win over Leon Edwards would put Gamebred right back in title contention. Another possibility could be either Diaz brother. There’s history with Nate Diaz and at one point last year the UFC was looking at booking the BMF title rematch.

Nick Diaz (26-9, 2 NC) on the other hand is gearing up for his octagon return. The elder Diaz is wanting a big fight and he’s targeting a UFC return in September or October. That would seemingly line up with Masvidal’s tweet.

I don’t believe that a fight announcement is imminent, but I think we will start hearing more and more about Gamebred’s next move soon.

Sound Off: Who do you think Jorge Masvidal should fight when he returns to the octagon?

Could Nate Diaz be next for UFC champion Kamaru Usman?

I know that many eyebrows went up reading that title. Could the UFC actually give Nate Diaz (20-13) the next shot at the welterweight title. I can already imagine the confusion and the questions from UFC fans.

How in the world does Nate Diaz deserve a shot at Kamaru Usman (19-1)? Would the promotion actually give Diaz a shot over Colby Covington (16-2) and Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC)? Keep in mind, Edwards just dominated Diaz back at UFC 263 despite a last minute rally by Diaz.

Where is the speculation coming from? Well it all starts with the UFC welterweight champion’s manager Ali Abdelaziz. Abdelaziz has been vocal that he doesn’t want to see his client face top contender Colby Covington next.

The word from the Usman camp is that Covington hasn’t done enough to earn a title shot next. UFC president Dana White has been vocal that Colby Covington and nobody else is next for the welterweight champion.

So, where does Nate Diaz fit into all of this? Well, Diaz and Usman have had some back-and-forth on social media and the speculation of a future UFC title match between the two was fueled by Abdelaziz. Usman’s manager tweeted out that Diaz should be next over Colby Covington. 

Would the UFC give the shot to Diaz over Covington/Edwards?

If Nate Diaz would’ve defeated Leon Edwards at UFC 263, there’s a very high chance he would’ve jumped Colby Covington. Diaz is by far one of the biggest stars in the entire sport. When he fights, people watch and millions would want to see him fight for the title.

However, outside of general fan interest, there is no argument for Diaz deserving a UFC title shot. Regardless of what the Usman camp says, Colby Covington is the toughest fight for him at 170 pounds.

Heading into their fifth round at UFC 245, the fight couldn’t have been closer. One judge had Covington up three rounds to one so if they would’ve made it to the final bell, Usman would’ve only won a split decision.

Usman would definitely be the favorite, but Covington is a very tough fight for him. I’m a massive Nate Diaz fan, but if he gets the next title shot after back-to-back losses at welterweight to Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards, I would be at a loss for words.

The UFC should book Diaz in a rematch with Masvidal if they want a big fight. Covington – Usman is the fight to make and I really don’t think Dana White is going to entertain anything else at the moment.

After UFC 263, should Leon Edwards take another fight or wait for his title shot?

Leon Edwards

On the main card of UFC 263, we saw a welterweight showdown between Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) and Nate Diaz (20-13). The fight between these two was the first five-round non-title fight that wasn’t a main event.

For the first 24 minutes of the fight at UFC 263, Leon Edwards showed why he’s so special. Edwards was able to use his leg kicks, elbows, and sweeps to completely dominate Nate Diaz. Diaz landed shots here and there, but it was all Leon Edwards.

However, with one minute left, the fight completely changed. Diaz fired a perfect 1-2 down the middle that completely rocked Leon Edwards. Edwards was on wobbly legs and needed the fence to stay up. Diaz tried to finish the fight and Edwards barely survived.

Edwards still looked a little dazed after the final bell at UFC 263. However, all of the work he had done over the first 24 minutes paid off. Leon Edwards won 49-46 on all three scorecards to pick up the biggest win of his career.

What does Leon Edwards do after UFC 263?

With this victory, Leon Edwards is now 9-0, 1 NC in his last ten fights. The last man to defeat him inside the octagon is the current UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman (19-1). Leon Edwards has done enough to earn himself a title shot against Usman.

However, he’s not going to be next for the champion. Dana White has made it very clear that Colby Covington (16-2) is getting the next shot at Kamaru Usman. At the moment, the promotion is targeting late summer/early fall for that rematch.

With that, it’s very likely that Leon Edwards wouldn’t get his UFC title shot until the beginning of 2022. So, should Edwards wait or should he take another fight? I personally lean towards him taking another fight and there’s one fight that he should take.

I think the promotion should book him against Jorge Masvidal (35-15). There’s heat between the two men after their backstage incident in 2019 and Masvidal just fought for the title. Leon Edwards didn’t really get over in his win at UFC 263. He could use a highlight reel performance against another star to help build up his stock before a title shot.

That said, Edwards has been very vocal about wanting the title shot next. He might need some convincing to take a fight with Masvidal, but ultimately, I think it would be the best thing for him.

Despite Leon Edwards’ win at UFC 263, Colby Covington still next for the title

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 263, top welterweight contender Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) took on Nate Diaz (20-13). The two men fought in the first non-title and non-main event five-round fight in UFC history.

Edwards put on an incredible performance for the majority of the fight. He used a steady diet of leg kicks, sweeps, and elbows to get the better of Nate Diaz. However, late in the fight, Diaz landed a shot that almost changed everything.

Through 24 minutes, Leon Edwards was dominant. Then, with a minute to go in the fight, Diaz landed a beautiful 1-2 that almost put Edwards out. Edwards looked out on his feet, but was able to survive the last sixty seconds. That shot lands at the beginning of the round at UFC 263 and Nate Diaz likely wins that fight.

However, Edwards survived and got the decision win. With that victory, Edwards is now 9-0, 1 NC in his last ten fights. The one No Contest was a fight he was dominating but ended due to an accidental eye poke to Belal Muhammad. It would’ve likely been another victory for Edwards.

Having gone on this impressive streak, Leon Edwards is wanting a UFC title shot. However, it doesn’t appear that he’s getting it next. Dana White reiterated after the event that Colby Covington (16-2) is next for Kamaru Usman (19-1). Covington also confirmed that with Submission Radio today. 

UFC booking the rematch between Usman and Covington

The UFC has never wavered in their plans for the welterweight title. After Kamaru Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal, Dana White made it very clear that Colby Covington would be next. Many wondered if that would still be the case after UFC 263.

While the fight still isn’t booked, the UFC has reiterated to Covington and the public that Colby Covington is next. Kamaru Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, tweeted out that Leon Edwards should be next given his current streak.

However, that is not what the UFC is pushing for. Usman and his manager have been vocal about the fact that Colby Covington doesn’t deserve another shot. That said, what hurts his argument is the fact that he gave Masvidal a rematch despite Masvidal staying inactive after Usman defeated him the first time.

At the moment, there appears to be no momentum in booking this fight. However, I think it’s going to come together rather quickly. If I had to guess, I think September or October is likely for the rematch between Usman and Covington. Yes, Leon Edwards is deserving, but it’s not the fight that should be made next.

What’s next for Nate Diaz after UFC 263?

This past Saturday at UFC 263, Nate Diaz (20-13) took on Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) on the main card. The fight between the two men was the first five-round non-title fight that wasn’t a main event in UFC history.

Diaz requested the fight be five rounds and that is exactly what he got. The reason Diaz requested the five rounds is because he’s notoriously a slow starter. Nate Diaz is normally a guy who really comes on strong in the main event rounds.

The last time we saw Diaz was at UFC 244 when he fought Jorge Masvidal (35-15). That night, a doctor called an end to the fight due to a cut above Diaz’s eye. While Masvidal controlled the early part of the fight, Diaz was coming on at the end of the third before the fight was stopped.

On Saturday night, Leon Edwards was dominating Nate Diaz throughout the fight. Edwards was throwing brutal leg kicks and he even used some trips to get Diaz to the ground. Brutal elbows cut Diaz above his eye and on the side of his head.

However, after being dominated for almost five rounds, Diaz almost pulled off the unthinkable at UFC 263. Diaz through a perfect 1-2 down the middle and Edwards was rocked badly with a minute left in the final round.

Diaz pointed at Edwards and stocked him as “Rocky” could hardly stand on his feet. In all honesty, Diaz wasted valuable time at UFC 263 after he hurt Edwards. Had he really just gone all out, I think he could’ve gotten the finish. However, the fight went to the cards and Edwards escaped with a decision.

What’s next after UFC 263?

Nate Diaz might be the only fighter on the UFC roster who can lose and his star continues to grow. Conor McGregor (22-5) is the biggest star in the history of the sport, but even his star doesn’t grow after a loss.

After UFC 263, Diaz told the media that he wanted to fight again in three or four months. Diaz also made it clear that he wants to fight top level competition in his next fight. What that, who should the UFC pair him with?

It still feels like there’s unfinished business between Diaz and Masvidal. There also feels like there’s unfinished business with Diaz and McGregor. Should McGregor lose to Poirier at UFC 264, I could see the promotion booking the trilogy between the two men since they are 1-1.

I could also see the UFC looking to do the BMF rematch. That was a fight they originally were looking at in 2020, but the fight fell through. Given the type of fights Diaz likes to have, those are the two opponents that make a lot of sense.

Leon Edwards survives late scare to defeat Nate Diaz at UFC 263

Leon Edwards

Tonight at UFC 263 we saw the return of one of the biggest stars in the sport. Nate Diaz (20-12) returned to the welterweight division and took on one of the very best in the world in Leon “Rocky” Edwards (18-3, 1 NC).

This is the first time we’ve seen Diaz since his BMF title fight against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244. That night, Masvidal was getting the better of Diaz before a cut stopped the fight. However, Diaz was coming on strong in the middle rounds.

Diaz has always been known as a guy who starts really slow then really gets going. Likely why he wanted this fight to be five rounds. Stockton’s own looked more motivated than ever entering the octagon tonight.

UFC 263 was a massive opportunity for Leon Edwards. Entering 2020, Edwards had won eight fights in a row and had a fight booked against Tyron Woodley in a title eliminator. However, COVID shut everything down. Multiple fights for Edwards got cancelled for a variety of reasons and he didn’t return until March of this year.

After looking good early, Edwards accidentally poked Belal Muhammad in the eye and his anticipated return ended in a No Contest. Now, at UFC 263, he’s going to look to make a massive statement and show why he should be challenging for the title.

UFC 263 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 263 welterweight contest started with immediate pressure from Leon Edwards. Diaz circles on the outside as he tries to find his range. Wild left straight misses for Nate Diaz. Diaz plays around and Edwards lands a left hand.

A little gamesmanship from Nate Diaz here in the first round. Powerful leg kick lands for Leon Edwards. Another leg kick lands for Edwards and Diaz briefly switches stances. The two men come together but nothing big lands.

More pressure from Edwards. Leg kick lands for Diaz. Front kick to the body lands for Diaz and a massive straight left lands for Edwards. Powerful leg kick lands for Edwards. A couple of jabs land for Diaz as Edwards resets.

Combination lands for Diaz and he taunts Edwards. Edwards goes for a takedown and ends up getting the back of Nate Diaz. Diaz tries to force a scramble, but Edwards just rides the position. The first round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Edwards at UFC 263.

Round 2

Diaz was walking a little gingerly in between rounds at UFC 263. However, he was smiling at Edwards before the second started. Massive leg kick from Edwards starts the striking here in the second round.

Diaz pushes forward, but nothing lands. Good straight left and a check right hook for Edwards lands. Edwards with a ton of pressure here. Right hook lands for Nate Diaz. Now Diaz is pushing forward. Edwards looks for the low kick again and it forces a Diaz stance switch.

Diaz pushes forward with a 1-2, but another big kick lands for Edwards. Big connection from Diaz, but Edwards lands his own shots. Edwards gets a clinch and pushes Diaz against the fence. Nice trip and Edwards is on top here.

Edwards stands up and Diaz trips him with a leg lock. Diaz almost has it, but Edwards escapes. Massive leg kick buckles Nate Diaz. However, Diaz keeps coming forward. Both men trade big punches and the second round comes to a close. 2-0 Leon Edwards after two at UFC 263.

Round 3

Entering the third round here at UFC 263 and Nate Diaz needs to turn this around. Diaz takes the center to start the action and Edwards throws a big elbow that just misses. Edwards starts pressing forward and lands a good left hand that backs Diaz up.

Another powerful leg kick lands for Edwards. Diaz starts moving forward and Edwards circles along the outside. The two men come together in a clinch and Diaz presses Edwards against the fence. Diaz shrugs him off and they’re back to striking.

More pressure from Diaz and he looks for his left hand. The two clinch again, but it’s Edwards that presses Diaz against the fence. Diaz rolls and Edwards is on top in half guard. Edwards looks for his elbows halfway through the round.

Slicing elbows land for Edwards and Diaz is busted open. They stand back up and a nice jab lands for Diaz. Big leg kick lands for Edwards and they go back to the clinch. Edwards is heavy here against the fence. Takedown for Edwards and he lands another elbow. The round ends and it’s 3-0 at UFC 263.

Round 4

Entering the fourth round at UFC 263 and Nate Diaz looks like he needs a miracle here. Pressure from Diaz to start things here in the fourth round. Body kick lands for Edwards. 1-2 lands for Nate Diaz and Edwards counters with a leg kick.

Diaz plots forward trying to find his openings. Massive left hand lands for Edwards and that hurts Diaz. However, Diaz smiles and gives the thumbs up. Edwards holding the center of the cage and now he’s pushing forward.

Good check right hook lands for Leon Edwards. Front kick lands for Diaz and Edwards pushes forward and gets a trip. Diaz gets up and is cracked with a left from Edwards. Edwards is landing clean here in the third round and he lands another good leg kick.

Diaz pushes forward, but nothing really lands. Edwards looks for a big elbow, but it just misses. Now Diaz is moving forward. Double jab and a solid straight left lands for Diaz. Nice head movement for Diaz late in the round.

Another 1-2 lands for Diaz. Huge elbow connects for Edwards. 1-2 for Diaz and a big counter left for Edwards. Both men trade jabs. The round closes and Diaz had a good end to the round, but it’s 4-0 Edwards at UFC 263.

Round 5

You can never count Diaz out, but he’s going to need a miracle finish at UFC 263. Both men exchange big shots to start the fifth and Edwards lands a nice trip off the break. They go back to striking and a leg kick lands for Edwards.

Diaz switches stances and takes the center of the octagon. Good jab lands for Diaz. Lead elbow lands for Diaz and Nate is the one pushing forward early in the fifth. Big counter left hand lands for Leon Edwards.

Edwards pushes forward and Diaz lands a check right hook. Jab and a 1-2 behind it lands for Diaz. Another good left lands for Diaz and he shoots for a takedown. However, Edwards defends well and they stay in the clinch.

They break and a right hook lands for Diaz. Big body kick lands for Edwards and now he’s throwing more kicks. Jab lands for Nate Diaz. Left overhand and left uppercut lands for Edwards, but Diaz just keeps moving forward.

Diaz lands a massive shot and Leon Edwards is hurt badly. Nate Diaz is pouring it on and Leon Edwards is out on his feet. Oh my goodness Nate Diaz almost pulls it off but the bell sounds. Edwards survives and should get the nod here.

Leon Edwards def. Nate Diaz by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

UFC 263 Preview: Nate Diaz – Leon Edwards

Tomorrow night at UFC 263 we will see the return of one of the biggest stars in the sport. Nate Diaz (20-12) is returning and it’s in the welterweight division as he takes on one of the very best in the world in Leon “Rocky” Edwards (18-3, 1 NC).

This fight will actually make history tomorrow night. It is the first fight in UFC history that is a non-title/non-main event five-round fight. Diaz wanted this to be a five-round fight so it’s a five-round fight.

This is the first time we’ve seen Diaz since his BMF title fight against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244. That night, Masvidal was getting the better of Diaz before a cut stopped the fight. However, Diaz was coming on strong in the middle rounds.

Diaz has always been known as a guy who starts really slow then really gets going. Likely why he wanted this fight to be five rounds. Stockton’s own looks more motivated than ever and he’s ready to get into the UFC‘s welterweight title picture.

UFC 263 is a massive opportunity for Leon Edwards. Entering 2020, Edwards had won eight fights in a row and had a fight booked against Tyron Woodley in a title eliminator. However, COVID shut everything down. Multiple fights for Edwards got cancelled for a variety of reasons and he didn’t return until March of this year.

After looking good early, Edwards accidentally poked Belal Muhammad in the eye and his anticipated return ended in a No Contest. Now, at UFC 263, he’s going to look to make a massive statement and show why he should be challenging for the title.

UFC 263 Prediction

When thinking of this matchup at UFC 263, it doesn’t make any sense but it’s so much fun. On paper, this is a horrible matchup for Nate Diaz. We’ve seen Nate struggle with guys who are bigger than him at 170 pounds.

It was very evident yesterday at the presser that Edwards is a big welterweight. Edwards is also elite in his striking and he uses his kicks extremely well. Diaz has also struggled in the past with guys who use their kicks really well.

I’m not going to say Nate Diaz doesn’t have a shot, but it’s a steep uphill climb. The only way I see Nate winning is if this touches the ground and he gets a submission or if Leon Edwards just completely gasses out. I don’t see the second option really happening.

When it comes to my UFC 263 prediction, I think we are going to see a lot of kicks from Edwards and I think he’s going to be just the second man to ever stop Diaz via strikes. Leon Edwards is set to have a breakout performance tomorrow night.

Prediction: Leon Edwards by TKO – Round 3