Leon Edwards On Nate Diaz Fight: ‘I Will Go Out There & Stop Him’

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The UFC welterweight title picture has overlooked Leon Edwards. So he plans on making a statement by finishing Nate Diaz at UFC 263.

Edwards (18-3, 10-2 UFC) has had a rough year and a half. After several canceled matches in 2020, Edwards contracted Covid-19. He finally returned to action earlier this year, only to inadvertently poke late notice replacement Belal Muhammed in the eye, causing the fight to end as a no contest. Though Edwards is currently ranked third in the division, he has yet to see a title shot.

As Edwards prepares for a five-round war with fan-favorite Nate Diaz (20-12, 15-10 UFC), he knows that a decisive victory over the unranked star could cement his title contention. Speaking to UFC Arabia’s Farah Hannoun, Edwards opened up about what he needs to do at UFC 263. (H/T MMA Junkie)

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“I need to go out there and I need to put him away,” Edwards told Hannoun. “He’s only been stopped once, and that’s all I need. He’s been stopped, he’s not no robot, he’s not no invincible man. He has been stopped, and I truly believe I will go out there and stop him again – and I cannot wait. My skill set will be too much for him in the standup. On the ground, my strength will be too much for him. And I can’t wait to go out there and let him feel that.”

Stopping Diaz with strikes is a tall order for any fighter since it’s only happened once, back in 2013. Still, Edwards believes that he will simply be too much for Diaz.

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“I envision going out there and just battering him from pillar to post and getting the stoppage,” Edwards said. “I know he’s a tough, durable guy, and I just don’t think being tough and durable is enough to beat me. I’ve worked hard, and I’ve dedicated myself for a long time, and it’s now time for my results to show. I can’t wait to go out there and prove that.”

When asked about Diaz’s legendary cardio, Edwards was clear on his stance that it wouldn’t make a difference.

“I don’t believe so,” Edwards said. “I’ve fought many main events and this is probably my fifth main event that I’m preparing for, so I’ve been here before. I’ve done it. I don’t feel it favors him, I think he just takes more punishment all five rounds, and that’s all I see. Me going out there and putting my hands on him and to put him away. I need to go out there and prove to the world that I deserve the next title shot, and that’s what I’m going out there to do.”

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