Leon Edwards scored the largest victory of his profession at UFC 253 on Saturday with a choice win over Nate Diaz.
Diaz, a legend in UFC who has overwhelmed Conor McGregor previously, gave the Brit an opportunity to turn out to be the pure primary contender to Kamaru Usman at welterweight and Edwards took that probability.
Edwards took the choice victory over Diaz, however he was fortunate to make it on the last bell after a masterful efficiency, surprisingly sufficient.
The group in Glendale, Arizona had been going completely insane for Diaz from the second he made his stroll throughout the struggle.
Issues obtained off to a great begin for Edwards as he landed a number of nasty leg kicks on the Stockton-native. Diaz confirmed loads of his regular gamesmanship and was awkward for Edwards, however the Brit had landed extra strikes and scored one takedown within the first, too.
Within the second, Diaz was the one making use of the strain with out an excessive amount of success. Edwards was conservative, however he saved going again to these leg kicks and throwing hooks when Diaz obtained into vary. The youthful Diaz was determined to pull Edwards into his mindg ames, for positive.
Diaz very, very almost had Edwards in a heel hook halfway by means of the second, however the Birmingham-fighter managed to scramble his means out of it. Again within the get up, it was Edwards that dominated as soon as extra with a spinning again elbow ending the spherical.
Within the third, the clinch work started to indicate that Edwards certainly the naturally greater man than Diaz. He managed to get Diaz down following a seize towards the cage and a few of these elbows that Edwards rained down on his opponent cut up Diaz’s head and eye open.
Edwards tried to present Diaz an etiquette-led fist bump after his groin cup obtained displaced and Diaz was not having that in any respect. He slapped away the fist and so they went again to work.
By the top of spherical three, Diaz was a multitude. Edwards landed an unimaginable left hand firstly of the fourth and Diaz really gave him a thumbs up.
Then Edwards stormed in the direction of Diaz and swept his legs. As soon as once more, Diaz obtained up and applauded Edwards’ work. Then Edwards tried to land one other leg kick and this time, Diaz checked it. After all, Diaz needed to let him know that he did.
Time and time once more, Edwards was touchdown the left hook and Diaz couldn’t make the changes to cease it from occurring. Nevertheless, Diaz is among the most sturdy fighters in UFC historical past and the overwhelming majority of welterweights would have been put away by a few of the pictures Diaz may stand.
Diaz took an uppercut, overhand left combo from Edwards and nonetheless he walked ahead deep within the fifth spherical.