English bruiser Leon Edwards has suffered yet one more setback in his bid for welterweight gold after his much-anticipated bout with Nate Diaz was postponed by a month attributable to an injury suffered by the Stockton slugger in coaching.
He could also be undefeated in his previous 9 outings within the UFC cage however Edwards has endured some rotten luck in his bid to climb the ladder within the talent-rich 170lbs division in current occasions – and thru little fault of his personal.
The newest setback was revealed in a single day amid studies that his high-profile fight with Nate Diaz, which was scheduled for May 15, will now happen a month or so later later than advertized after Diaz was understood to have suffered a minor injury throughout coaching, necessitating the postponement of the welterweight scrap.
The new date for the uncommon five-round non-main occasion is June 12, the place it should now happen on the cardboard to be headlined by Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori’s middleweight title bout. Deiveson Figueiredo once more defends his flyweight crown towards Brandon Moreno on the similar occasion.
No info has been launched as to the character of Diaz’s injury.
Edwards’ run of dangerous luck has prolonged greater than a 12 months. In March 2020, his UFC London headline bout reverse Tyron Woodley was shelved on the week of the fight attributable to Covid-19 tips instituted by the UK authorities – with Edwards additionally unable to just accept a brief discover fight with 170lbs champion Kamaru Usman attributable to related journey restrictions. That fight finally went to Edwards’ rival, Jorge Masvidal.
He was then slated to face the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev late final 12 months, however that too was canned attributable to each males contracting Covid-19 – with rescheduling sophisticated by the extent of Chimaev’s sickness.
Edwards then accepted a fight towards the powerful Belal Muhammad in March, just for the fight to be declared a no-contest early within the second spherical following an unintentional eye-poke delivered by the Brit.
It is now approaching two years since Edwards has competed in a full-length fight, and he stays unbeaten since 2016.
As for Diaz, the fight with Edwards will likely be his first outing within the cage since shedding the ‘BMF’ title bout to Masvidal in late 2019 in a fight which was referred to as off by the cageside physician owing to a collection of cuts on the Californian’s face.