Leon Edwards warns Nate Diaz that their jump to five rounds for the UFC 262 clash will only be a ‘longer penalty’ for the American as Brit claims he will ‘prove to be one level above in all areas’.
- Leon Edwards will face Nate Diaz in the UFC 262 co-main event in a massive fight
- The British star is likely to earn a title shot for the win over the popular American
- It is the first time that a co-main event non-title fight has been scheduled for five rounds
- Diaz later comes into its own in fights, but ‘Rocky’ insists it makes no difference
Leon Edwards believes his five-round fight with Nate Diaz will allow him to hand out ‘longer penalties’ at UFC 262.
The non-title fight alongside the main event is the first of its kind in the organization’s history to last longer than three rounds, and Diaz is considered his best work later in fights when his superior cardio pays off.
But Edwards is not concerned about his opponent’s bike and wants to “hurt” the American.
Leon Edwards, pictured here against Belal Muhammad last month, thinks he will beat Nate Diaz
American Diaz (above) is thought to do his best work later in the fights and has excellent cardio
The Briton told me ESPN: ‘It’s just a longer sentence for Nate than anything else.
Everyone says it benefits Nate because when he fought Masvidal, he started spinning around four and five, so we’ll see. If that is his game plan, it will be a long first three rounds. ‘
‘I’ve never been stopped, never submitted, never turned off, so I don’t understand what will make the difference.
‘I’m coming in to hurt him, I’m coming in to clean him up, I’m coming in to prove I’m one level above these guys.
Diaz last fought in 2019 and his fight with Jorge Masvidal was stopped due to budget cuts
Edwards feels he is too dangerous for Diaz to face him in any way
‘I really believe that. I think my combinations of punches, elbows and kicks will hurt him. My struggle, my cardio, I just think I’m the better man in every way. ‘
Edwards fought in a no-contest against Belal Muhammad last month after accidentally stabbing his opponent in the eye during the second round.
Striving for a big name to meet him within the octagon, the No. 3 welterweight has finally got his wish.
The UFC 262 showdown with Diaz could propel the winner into a title fight against Kamaru Usman or Jorge Masvidal and will give the 29-year-old the kind of exposure he missed.