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.

After falling short at UFC 263, what’s next for Marvin Vettori?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC 263, Marvin Vettori (17-5-1) got his shot at the middleweight title. Vettori took on the middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (21-1) in a rematch from their first fight back in 2018.

In 2018, Adesanya was able to win a split decision. That split decision result actually gave Marvin Vettori a ton of confidence heading into UFC 263. That result and seeing how Jan Blachowicz beat Adesanya earlier this year had Vettori believing his victory was inevitable.

However, it wasn’t meant to be on Saturday night. Adesanya just seemed a step ahead of Vettori all night. Vettori had his legs chewed up by brutal kicks from Adesanya and Vettori really wasn’t able to get Adesanya to the ground.

There were a couple of times where Vettori landed takedowns, but nothing much resulted from them. In the end, all three judges at UFC 263 gave every round to the defending champion and Adesanya retained his title.

What’s next after UFC 263?

Since 2017, Marvin Vettori has gone 6-2-1 in his nine UFC fights. The lone man to defeat him twice is Israel Adesanya. That puts Vettori in a really tough spot in the division because even if he goes on a winning streak, a third fight is a really tough sell.

That said, what should be next for The Italian Dream? Well, after UFC 263, Vettori said that he wanted to fight Paulo Costa (13-1). Costa hasn’t fought since last year when he was dominated by Adesanya at UFC 253.

Paulo Costa has also said online that he would like to fight Marvin Vettori next. Given where both men stand in the UFC’s middleweight division, a fight between the two makes sense. They’re both near the top of the weight class and they are both coming off of title losses.

Costa has been going back-and-forth with the UFC over his pay and pulled out of his fight with Jared Cannonier to protest. At the end of the day, Costa really doesn’t have any leverage and I think he’ll ultimately be booked for a fight soon. My guess is that fight is going to be against Marvin Vettori.

With a win at UFC 263, did Lauren Murphy earn a shot at the flyweight title?

Lauren Murphy, UFC

This past Saturday on the prelims of UFC 263, we saw a pivotal matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top six contenders went head-to-head in a potential title eliminator as Lauren Murphy (15-4) took on Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood (15-6).

The fight was extremely close on Saturday night. In the first round, both ladies were able to do some solid work on the feet. It was an extremely tough round to score and I could have seen an argument for either fighter getting the nod in the first round.

The second round was all Lauren Murphy. Murphy was able to secure a takedown early and she controlled the entire round from the top position. In the third round, Murphy was not able to get Calderwood back to the ground.

Both of the fighters slugged it out in the third round at UFC 263, but Calderwood clearly got the better of the striking exchanges. With that, the two went to the scorecards. It was clear who won the second and third round, but the first was very much up in the air.

I could have easily seen three outcomes based on those three rounds. All three of these were arguable at UFC 263: Murphy by decision, draw, Calderwood by decision. It all would come down to how the second round was scored and who won the first round.

In the end, two of the three judges gave the fight to “Lucky” Lauren Murphy. A massive win for her as she made it five in a row in the UFC.

What’s next after UFC 263?

As mentioned, Lauren Murphy has put together five consecutive wins in the flyweight division. The only one above her in terms of consecutive wins is the current flyweight queen, Valentina Shevchenko (21-3).

Murphy was vocal after her last win at UFC 254 in October that she wanted a shot at the title. Of course, Jessica Andrade ended up getting the shot and was thoroughly dominated by the champion at UFC 261.

Having won her fifth in a row, is Lauren Murphy next? Well, I have to say that I would personally give her the shot. She’s won five in a row and she’s the only one in the top four who hasn’t had a crack at Shevchenko yet.

Dana White didn’t commit to giving her the next UFC title shot, but he acknowledge that it’s a real possibility. Really, there’s only one other top contender who has an argument and that’s Katlyn Chookagian (16-4).

Chookagian holds a victory over Lauren Murphy and she’s currently ranked second in the division ahead of Murphy. However, Chookagian did get a shot against Shevchenko last year and was dominated by the champion.

I don’t want to see Murphy fight Chookagian again and I personally don’t want to see Chookagian fight Shevchenko again right now. I think it’s time that Lauren Murphy gets her UFC title shot. It’s a new fight for the division and Murphy has earned it with five consecutive wins in the flyweight division.

Demian Maia wants one more UFC fight against Nate Diaz

This past Saturday at UFC 263, Demian Maia (28-11) took on Belal Muhammad (19-3, 1 NC) on the main card. It was the final fight for Maia on his current contract and he was looking to call it a career with a victory.

In the first round, Maia looked decent. He was able to land some left hands and he was even able to secure a takedown. However, he wasn’t able to do much once the fight got there. Two of the three judges gave the first round to Maia at UFC 263.

However, starting in the second round, Maia couldn’t really do much the rest of the fight. His takedown attempts got sloppier and sloppier as he got tired. Muhammad was able to keep the fight standing where he was getting the better of the striking.

Maia would land some shots here and there, but ultimately, Muhammad was landing more. All three judges gave the final two rounds to Belal Muhammad and he was able to pick up the victory over Demian Maia at UFC 263.

As mentioned, this was the final fight on Maia’s contract. Dana White said after the event that this was likely Maia’s last fight. That said, Maia took to Instagram to say that he wants one more UFC fight and he wants to stand across from another legend who competed at UFC 263.

Would the UFC entertain Diaz – Maia?

Maia posted on Instagram after UFC 263, “Nate Diaz , I saw your quote on the press conference, and think you’re great too. You’re a great fighter who also represents Jiu Jitsu and you’re real, I respect that. Regardless of last night, I know I still have one fight left in me, and it’s no secret that I feel like UFC is my home, where I want to finish my career.”

Maia continued, “I have no idea if they will give me another fight, but if they do, I would be honored to do my last MMA bout with you, someone who always come to fight, who represents BJJ and whom I respect.”

Maia’s callout of Diaz after UFC 263 is completely based on respect as you can tell from the quotes. It would be a great way to send Maia off considering his tenure with the promotion and his status as one of the company men for the UFC over the last fourteen years.

That said, I can’t see anyway that this fight happens. There’s an outside chance that the promotion agrees to give Maia one more fight, however, I don’t see it being Diaz. I think the promotion has bigger plans for Diaz, but who knows, crazy things happen all the time in this sport.

After becoming flyweight champion at UFC 263, what’s next for Brandon Moreno?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 263, we saw the rematch between Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1) and Brandon Moreno (19-5-2). These two first met back in December and they fought to a draw. With that result, the UFC decided to run things back on Saturday night.

The first fight between these two was an instant classic. UFC 256’s main event was on the short-list for fight of the year. That night Deiveson Figueiredo should have walked away with the win, but due to a low blow, he was docked a point and the fight was declared a draw.

Had Figueiredo not been docked that point, we wouldn’t have seen this rematch at UFC 263. With getting this new opportunity, Moreno had a second chance to become the first Mexican-Born UFC champion and he didn’t want to waste it.

It was apparent from the opening moments that this fight would be different. Moreno was the one pushing forward and starting all the action. In the first round, Moreno actually dropped the flyweight champion.

After a good opening round, the second round was razor close with both men securing takedowns and top position. However, the third round at UFC 263 is where Moreno made history. After getting a takedown and taking the back of Figueiredo, Moreno locked in the rear-naked choke and became flyweight champion of the UFC.

What’s next after UFC 263?

With a couple of taps from Figueiredo at UFC 263, Brandon Moreno became a huge star. The promotion’s first champion that was born on Mexican soil. His journey is also what makes Brandon Moreno so special.

Moreno appeared on The Ultimate Fighter and he was the lowest seed. He lost very early in the tournament. After having some success to start his UFC career, Moreno was cut from the promotion and had to work his way back.

After dispatching some tough challenges, Moreno got his first shot in December. He came so close to losing the fight, but the draw gave him one more chance that he wasn’t going to let go to waste. Moreno took full advantage and became the UFC’s flyweight champion.

So, what’s next for Moreno? Well, the promotion could always do the trilogy with Figueiredo. Currently, the series is 1-0-1 and there is a market for the third fight. However, I’m not convinced that’s the direction the promotion will go in.

What I could see is the UFC giving the shot to Askar Askarov (14-0-1). The unbeated Dagestani flyweight has gone 3-0-1 since joining the UFC. That one draw is with Brandon Moreno. The two men have history and I could see that being next. Either way, Moreno’s first title defense is going to be massive.

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.

Israel Adesanya shuts out Marvin Vettori at UFC 263

In the main event of UFC 263, we saw a rematch for the middleweight title. The undisputed champion Israel Adesanya (20-1) returned to the middleweight division to take on a familiar foe in Marvin Vettori (17-4-1).

Back at UFC 259, Adesanya attempted to become a two-division world champion by moving up and challenging Jan Blachowicz. Ultimately, Blachowicz handed Adesanya his first professional loss and Adesanya came up short in his attempt to become a champ-champ.

Now, The Last Stylebender returned to his home weight class where he’s been perfect. Nobody has ever defeated Adesanya at 185 pounds and that includes Marvin Vettori. The two previously met in the UFC back in early 2018.

Adesanya won a split decision and to this day, Vettori believes he won the fight. Since then, both men have gone on impressive streaks. Vettori has strung together five consecutive wins to earn this shot at UFC 263.

UFC 263 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 263 main event starts without a touch of the gloves. Vettori takes the center of the octagon and eats a leg kick from Adesanya. Adesanya lands another calf kick as he circles on the outside. Lots of pressure from Vettori.

Jab lands for Marvin Vettori, but Adesanya lands another powerful kick. Two good kicks land for Vettori and more pressure from the challenger. Adesanya throws a kick, but Vettori catches it and lands a takedown.

Full guard here and Adesanya tries to work his way to the fence. Heavy pressure from the challenger here. Adesanya uses a scramble to get back to his feet. However, Vettori maintained a body lock and pressed Adesanya against the fence. Adesanya shrugs him off and they’re back striking.

Another leg kick lands for Adesanya. 1-2 just misses for Vettori. Vettori is using a lot of pressure, but eats another leg kick. Jab lands for Vettori and Adesanya almost lands a big shot. Big left for Vettori, but Adesanya counters with a big combination.

The UFC champion starts moving forward and throws a head kick that’s blocked. Another calf kick for Adesanya. Stiff jab for Adesanya lands and Vettori whiffs with a left. Leg kick for Vettori lands. Razor close round one, but I lean towards the champion.

Round 2

First round could’ve gone either way at UFC 263. Vettori takes the center to start the second, but he eats two consecutive massive leg kicks. Lots of pressure from Vettori, but he’s eating some counters here. Vettori hitting air here in the second.

Another leg kick from the champion finds it’s home. Two jabs land for Vettori, but again, he eats a big kick. Another leg kick and Vettori gets deep on a double leg attempt. However, Adesanya defends well and keeps it standing.

Adesanya breaks the body lock and were striking. Vettori pushes forward, but he’s not hitting Adesanya. He’s a bit out of reach. Jab lands for Marvin Vettori, but Adesanya gets out of the way of the big shots. Good counters land for the UFC champion.

Both men trade jabs as Adesanya circles. Buckling leg kick lands for Adesanya. Vettori pushes forward and lands a jab before trying for another takedown. However, Vettori cannot get Adesanya down. The round comes to a close and it’s 2-0 Adesanya at UFC 263.

Round 3

There was a serious sense of urgency in the Vettori corner here at UFC 263. Vettori gets in deep on a takedown attempt to start the third and he gets Adesanya down. The challenger gets half guard and has heavy pressure here in the third.

Adesanya looks to hip-escape while Vettori looks to pass. Vettori lands some shots to the body. Adesanya tries to spin, but Vettori has his back. Vettori looks like he’s got a rear-naked choke. It looks deep for a second, but Adesanya spins right out.

Adesanya then takes the top position and stands up. After an eye poke break, were back to striking. Good lead uppercut lands for Adesanya and a heavy leg kick behind it. Another brutal leg kick from the champion.

Vettori lands a stiff jab and he’s really pressuring the champion here. Big leg kick again lands for the UFC champion. Another one that buckles Vettori. However, Vettori keeps pushing forward. Another leg kick from the champion.

The challenger is looking a little fatigued and a leg kick sits him down. However, Vettori gets right up and pushes forward again. Good moments in the third for Vettori, but I have it 3-0 Adesanya after three at UFC 263.

Round 4

It’s do-or-die talk in the challenger’s corner here at UFC 263. The fourth round starts with more pressure from Marvin Vettori. He tries for a takedown, but nothing is home. Adesanya throws a big combination that just misses.

Vettori has him against the fence, but Adesanya just circles away and lands a leg kick. Adesanya lands another leg kick and Vettori shoots for a takedown. Vettori is deep on a shot and he gets the takedown. However, Adesanya uses the fence to reverse the position and they’re back to striking.

Powerful leg kick from the champion. Good lead right hand lands for Vettori who pushes Adesanya against the fence. However, Adesanya just shrugs him off. Head kick then leg kick lands for the champion. Jab lands for the challenger.

Low kick lands for Marvin Vettori. Both men trade low kicks, but obviously Adesanya’s did more damage. Body kick for the champion. Huge combination lands for Adesanya and Vettori pushes forward.

Vettori uses a ton of energy to try and land a takedown, however, Adesanya defends. The fourth round comes to a close and it’s a shutout for the UFC champion on my personal scorecard.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC 263 and Marvin Vettori needs a miracle here. Vettori pushes forward with pressure to start the fifth and he looks for a takedown. He gets Adesanya against the fence, but the champion defends well.

Vettori is just holding Adesanya against the fence and he gets a warning from the referee. Lots of boos from the crowd here. Adesanya gets the separation and were striking. Head kick lands for the champion and Vettori pushes forward.

1-2 lands for Marvin Vettori. Double jab lands for Marvin Vettori, but none of the strikes are doing much to the champion. Another big leg kick lands for Adesanya. Combination lands for the champion.

Adesanya is trying to find a finishing blow, but Vettori is defending head shots well. Jab lands for Marvin Vettori. Vettori shoots in for another takedown and he gets to the back of Adesanya briefly. However, the champion stands right back up.

A minute left here and little offense from Vettori. The referee separates the two men and Vettori goes back to the pressure. Another leg kick lands for Adesanya. 1-2 for Adesanya. The fight comes to a close and it wasn’t eventful, but it was a shutout at UFC 263 for the champion.

Israel Adesanya def. Marvin Vettori by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

Brandon Moreno submits Deiveson Figueiredo to become UFC flyweight champion

In the co-main event of UFC 263, we saw the flyweight title rematch from one of the fights of the year in 2020. The flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) was back to defend his title against top contender Brandon Moreno (18-5-2).

These two men first met back at UFC 256 in December. The two men went to war in an instant classic. Figueiredo started extremely fast looking for the finish, but Brandon Moreno was game. Moreno took the best shots from the champion and would fire right back.

Overall, Figueiredo was getting the better of Moreno ever so slightly in December. However, a massive kick that landed low cost Figueiredo a point. That one-point deduction took away a decision win for Figueiredo and made the fight a draw.

Since the two men fought to a draw, the UFC decided to run things back tonight. Heading into this fight, this was the favorite for fight of the night and given the first fight, it was easy to see why.

UFC 263 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 263 flyweight title fight started out with a touch of the gloves. Immediate pressure from Figueiredo to start the fight, but Moreno quickly takes the center of the octagon. Moreno lands the first strike with a big leg kick.

Jab lands for Moreno. Another leg kick for Brandon Moreno. Moreno pushes forward with a combination, and Figueiredo is just feeling things out early. Lead left hook for Brandon Moreno and he’s the one pressing things early.

Moreno pushes forward and lands again. Figueiredo lands his first shot and its a massive hook to the body. Moreno using a ton of volume here in the first. Figueiredo looks for a right hand, but nothing lands. Step-in elbow lands for Figueiredo.

Good combination lands for Brandon Moreno. The UFC champion lands a big leg kick, but Moreno is throwing way more here. Moreno drops Figueiredo as the champion was coming in and he settles into the champion’s guard. Big moment for the challenger here.

Figueiredo looks comfortable on his back as he looks to sweep. The champion gets back to his feet and Moreno pops him with a jab. Kick lands for Moreno and the round closes. Lopsided first round for the challenger at UFC 263.

Round 2

Entering the second round and all the momentum is with the challenger here. Figueiredo takes the center to start the second. Moreno hits Figueiredo clean with a left hand, but the champion gets a body lock.

Figueiredo lands the takedown and immediately starts to look for his top guillotine. Elbows to the body landing for the champion. Figueiredo looking to connect his hands here and lock in the submission. Moreno forces the scramble and he pushes Figueiredo against the fence.

Moreno lands a takedown of his own and he briefly has Figueiredo’s back. However, Figueiredo spins and gets it to full guard. Good elbows from the bottom lands for Figueiredo. Another solid elbow for Figueiredo lands from the bottom.

Figueiredo forces a scramble, but Moreno is able to hold the top position. The round comes to a close and it’s a close one. However, with the bottom work and early top control, I lean towards the champion in round 2 at UFC 263.

Round 3

Entering the third round it’s either tied or 2-0 Moreno at UFC 263. Moreno takes the center to start the third round. Body kick lands for Figueiredo. Spinning back kick and a jab lands for the champion. Leg kick lands for Moreno, but Figueiredo counters with a straight.

Tons of pressure from Brandon Moreno here. Moreno gets a takedown and spins to the back of the champion. Body triangle for Moreno and he’s close on a rear-naked choke. However, Figueiredo defends well, but he’s in trouble in the third.

Moreno softens Figueiredo with a couple of shots and slips in the choke even deeper. Figueiredo tries to fight it, but is forced to tap. Brandon Moreno is the first Mexican-Born UFC champion.

Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)

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)