Leon Edwards survives Nate Diaz’s late charge in one-sided win at UFC 263

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JUNE 12: (L-R) Leon Edwards of Jamaica punches Nate Diaz in their welterweight fight during the UFC 263 event at Gila River Arena on June 12, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Nate Diaz’ face and body were covered with his own blood, which was coming from several cuts that Leon Edwards opened. He could barely walk because his leg took a pounding from Edwards’ kicks.

He’d lost just about every second of the fight at UFC 263, but with about a minute to go, Nate Diaz did Nate Diaz things.

He slapped Edwards with a right and then came behind it with a straight left hand. It badly hurt Edwards, who stumbled back to the cage as the sellout crowd at Gila River Arena roared its approval and urged Diaz on.

“I was wobbly,” Edwards said after the fight, grinning.

Edwards spent the last minute of a fight he had thoroughly controlled hanging on for dear life, in danger of being stopped by the smaller and older guy.

Edwards managed to hang on until the finish and pulled out a 49-46 decision on all three cards, remaining unbeaten in his last 10 fights. He’s 9-0 with a no contest during that streak.