Nate Diaz will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon when he faces Leon Edwards at the UFC 262 co-main event.
ESPN first reported the match. Both fighters agreed verbally on the couple but no contracts have been signed. Although it is a titleless affair and does not occupy a headlining slot machine, the match will be challenged in five rounds. It will be the first five rounds without a co-headliner title in the history of the promotion.
UFC 262 takes place May 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston and focuses on a match for the empty light strap between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira.
Diaz will be competing for the first time since losing to Jorge Masvidal through a third-round stoppage for the “BMF” title at UFC 244 in November 2019. Stockton, Calif., A native has rarely competed in recent years, splitting a pair of seasons with Conor McGregor in 2016 and beat Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in August 2019 before the aforementioned failure at “Gamebred”.
Edwards returned from a long hiatus at UFC Fight Night 187, where a random eye from the British ended his header against Bellam Mohammed 18 seconds into Round 2 on March 13. Prior to that, “Rocky” surpassed Rafael do Anjos at the UFC at the ESPN 4 main event in July 2019. Edwards is undefeated in his last nine commercials since 2016.