Slated to take co-main occasion honours at UFC 262 on Could 15. from the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas — number-three ranked welterweight contender, Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards has claimed that if opponent, the returning, Nate Diaz underestimates him “it’s going to be a nasty evening” for the Stockton favorite.
Scheduled for the primary five-round, non-title, co-headliner within the historical past of the UFC, Edwards makes his second Octagon look of the 12 months, following a ‘No Contest’ in opposition to short-notice substitute, Belal Muhammad in March at UFC Vegas 21.
Taking the primary spherical on all three judges’ scorecards, Edwards inadvertently landed an eye fixed poke on the Chicago native within the opening minute of the second body, with the latter instantly dropping to the Octagon canvas, reeling in ache as referee, Herb Dean waved off proceedings.
Making his first Octagon stroll since November of 2019. The Final Fighter 5 victor, Diaz headlined UFC 244 at Madison Sq. Backyard in opposition to Jorge Masvidal — dropping a third-round physician’s stoppage in a symbolic BMF championship major occasion, after he had suffered notable lacerations to each above and beneath his proper eye.
Talking with ESPN MMA reporter, Ariel Helwani forward of his Could date with Diaz, Edwards claimed that if the Californian is underestimating him or has taken the battle as a result of he doubts his means, effectively then an extended evening within the Octagon will likely be awaiting him.
“If he (Nate Diaz) is, then it’s going to be a nasty evening for him, you realize,” Edwards replied when requested if Diaz was underestimating him. “I don’t know — let’s see, I don’t actually care if he’s or not, it doesn’t make a distinction. As soon as the cage is locked, then we’re going to search out out.“
Detailing the potential significance of a five-round restrict between the 2 slightly than a 3 body battle, Edwards remained cool and defined the way it’s only a longer interval of punishment for Diaz to soak up.
“I really feel good, my final 4 fights have been major occasions,” Edwards stated. “We’re getting ready for major occasions for the final two years, so it’s good for me. My type is — I can transfer my type to a five-round battle, you realize. I be ok with the five-rounds, and (it’s) simply longer punishment for Nate than something, you realize, that’s it.“
Undefeated in his final 9 consecutively, previous to his ‘No Contest’ in opposition to Muhammad, Edwards’ final Octagon outing got here in the principle occasion of UFC Struggle Night time San Antonio in July of 2019 when he scored a unanimous choice win over common-foe, former light-weight champion, Rafael dos Anjos. With the win — Edwards added the Brazilian to a profitable column which incorporates the likes of Vicente Luque, Bryan Barberena, Donald Cerrone, and Gunnar Nelson.