‘You Can’t Count Out Nate’- Rory MacDonald Shares Prediction for Nate Diaz vs Leon Edwards

Published 04/04/2021, 6:53 AM EDT


Former UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald has shared his prediction for the five-round co-main event between Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz at UFC 252. Diaz makes history again as the Stockton native will have a five round non-title co-main event in UFC history in his honor.

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Many believe this is an easy night out for Edwards. And even though ‘Red King’ thinks Edwards has sn edge, he doesn’t want to count out Diaz altogether. “I think it’s a good fight. Both guys are aggressive, and you know, hungry,” said the Canadian.

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I think it’s probably a great fight to promote because they both like to talk and you know, the other kind of like, hard dude.

“As far as the actual competitiveness of the fight, I’d have to give it to Leon Edwards. But you can’t count out Nate, you know, he’s a dog in there,” said MacDonald.

He further lauded Diaz’s durability and the ability to absorb shots. Moreover, both the Diaz brothers are known for their pressure-fighting style where they stay in their opponent’s face and make them fold eventually.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States fights against Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

MacDonald is currently preparing for his debut in the PFL organization. Despite signing over a year ago, he is still to make his promotional debut as the 2020 season was canceled because of coronavirus.

He finally gets make his debut on April 29.

Can Nate Diaz upset Leon Edwards at UFC 262?

Diaz hasn’t fought since his UFC 244 loss against Jorge Masvidal. Thus, this inactivity can cause him a lot of disadvantages, especially since his opponent has fought at least once in that time span.

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However, ‘Rocky’ is a hungry contender who sharpens himself every day; the same can’t be said about Diaz.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States enters the ring for his fight against Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

He has achieved his fame and made his money. So, he might not be as hungry anymore. But it won’t be wise to count out a fighter like Diaz. He is extremely durable and tough and has the skillset to be anybody’s nightmare on a given day.

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Who will win at UFC 262? Edwards or Diaz? Who’s your pick? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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