The cardboard can be headlined by Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira’s conflict for the light-weight title lately vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov, with Edwards and Diaz’s supporting contest consisting of 5 rounds – if it goes the gap – versus the same old three.
Edwards (18-3, 1 NC) ended a 20-month absence from the Octagon final month because the 29-year-old took on Belal Muhammad – a late substitute for Khamzat Chimaev, who was nonetheless struggling the results of coronavirus.
The pair’s fundamental occasion led to disappointing trend, nevertheless, a no contest being dominated as Muhammad was unable to proceed after struggling a watch poke from Edwards.
Edwards’ earlier bout noticed the third-ranked welterweight outpoint former light-weight champion Rafael dos Anjos in July 2019 – the Birmingham native’s eighth straight win in a streak stretching again to 2016.
Fan favorite Diaz (20-12), in the meantime, final stepped within the ring in November 2019, when a physician stoppage noticed the American, 35, lose to compatriot Jorge Masvidal in a main-event contest at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York.
UFC 262’s stacked card may even see former interim light-weight champion Tony Ferguson tackle Beneil Dariush, whereas Shane Burgos faces Edson Barboza in a featherweight bout, and middleweights Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan go head-to-head.
Moreover, The Unbiased solely revealed on Wednesday that Briton Mike Grundy will tackle Lando Vannata on the occasion, marking the latter’s first contest at featherweight.
UFC 262 will happen on the Toyota Heart in Houston, Texas.