With a stroke of a pen or in a Nate Diaz’s case, a light of a match, UFC 262 has the company’s first non-title five-round co-main event.
The UFC confirmed the bout in a tweet late Tuesday night. Diaz had confirmed his participation earlier in a tweet Tuesday evening.
— UFC (@ufc) March 31, 2021
Diaz (20-12-0), 35, hasn’t fought since losing the symbolic UFC “BMF” title to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 in November 2019. But he is 3-2-0 in his last five fights.
Check me out may 15th I’ll be headlining #ufc262 in Houston Texas I’ll also have the new UFC lightweight title fight on the card I need people to know these guys are they’ve been working very hard and I can’t wait to see who gets my old 👑 I’ll see uguys there 👊🏼
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) March 31, 2021
Edwards (18-3-0), 29, is currently ranked No. 3 and will try to atone for a no-contest bout in which he eye poked opponent Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 21. But “Rocky” has not lost since 2015, a string of nine contests.
UFC 262 is scheduled for May 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Scheduled bouts include:
CHARLES OLIVEIRA (30-8-0, 1NC) VS. MICHAEL CHANDLER (22-5-0)
LEON EDWARDS (18-3-0) VS. NATE DIAZ (20-12-0)
PRISCILLA CACHOEIRA (9-3-0) VS. GINA MAZANY (7-4-0)
KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN (15-4-0) VS. VIVIANE ARAUJO (10-2-0)
ALEX PEREZ (24-6-0) VS. MATT SCHNELL (15-5-0)
ANDREA LEE (11-5-0) VS. ANTONINA SHEVCHENKO (9-2-0)
EDSON BARBOZA (21-9-0) VS. SHANE BURGOS (13-2-0)
JORDAN WRIGHT (11-1-0, 1NC) VS. JAMIE PICKETT (11-5-0)
JACK HERMANSSON (21-6-0) VS. EDMEN SHAHBAZYAN (11-1-0)
CHRISTOS GIAGOS (18-8-0) VS. JOEL ALVAREZ (18-2-0)
RONALDO SOUZA (26-9-0) VS. ANDRE MUNIZ (20-4-0)
DAMIR ISMAGULOV (19-1-0) VS. RAFAEL ALVES (19-9-0)
TONY FERGUSON (25-5-0) VS. BENEIL DARIUSH (20-4-1)