PHOENIX – Leon Edwards knows he needs to win big on Saturday night.
The UFC welterweight contender takes on star Nate Diaz in a five-round bout on the main card of UFC 263. It’s Edwards’ (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) highest profile opponent to date, and it’s a good opportunity to potentially cement himself as the top contender in the division.
“I have to go out there and prove my case, you know,” Edwards said at the UFC 263 press conference on Thursday. “If I smoke a guy like Nate, they’ll put me in a spot that I deserve. That’s nine in a row, and that’s the third most in the history of the promotion. So I’m looking forward to it. I know Nate is a tough guy and durable.
Edwards hasn’t lost since coming up short in a decision to now UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman back in December 2015. The Englishman finds himself on an eight-fight winning streak.
On the other hand, Diaz hasn’t fought since Novem