‘I Got a Cut in Training’- Nate Diaz Reveals What Went Wrong for Him in Leon Edwards Loss at UFC 263

Published 06/13/2021, 1:19 AM EDT


UFC 263: Adesanya vs Vettori 2 saw a grueling 5 round battle pan out between the welterweight elites Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz. In the end, Edwards survived a late scare to secure a victory via unanimous decision.

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Diaz suffered a cut again on his forehead as Edwards pummeled his elbows right over his forehead portion. This is not the first time the fighter has suffered the cut and it may have been the reason the UFC moved their fight from UFC 262 to UFC 263.

USA Today’s reporter, Nolan King, talked about Diaz having a cut prior to UFC 262.

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Diaz confirmed King’s words after the fight. “I got a cut in training about a month ago...I think it slowed my whole momentum down,” Diaz said.“I want to say thanks to everybody for the love and support. I appreciate it! It’s Nick Diaz army! We’re lions out here!”

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The live crowd, which witnessed a returning Diaz after a 2-year hiatus, was firmly behind him through the match. Amidst boos, ‘Rocky Edwards dominated the match from the start. He continued his aggressiveness till the 4th round, after which he went into a bit of defensive mode. Diaz caught him with a hook to get fans interested in the final minute of the fight. However, it was not enough.

Diaz has now suffered 3 losses in his last 4 fights.

What lies ahead for Leon Edwards after victory over Nate Diaz?

Edwards stretched his unbeaten run to 10 fights after his latest win. He kept his composure in front of a hostile crowd and is almost certain to fight for the welterweight title next. He could face either Kamaru Usman, who is the current champion, or Colby Covington.

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica reacts after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dana White had already mentioned in his earlier interviews that he sees ‘Chaos’ as the No.1 contender for Usman’s title.

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So, for now, ‘Rocky’ can sit back and watch the title fight between the two top fighters. He has done enough for a well-deserved rest.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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