Ever since that season of the show, I was all-in on Nate Diaz. You will never hear me claim that he is the perfect fighter or that he deserves a title shot out of place... but when his fights get announced, I get pumped.
Leon Edwards is coming off of a somewhat bizarre matchup against Belal Muhammed. It was his first fight in almost two years, so fans were eager to see how he looked.
Well, in what we saw, he looked good. Until it didn't. Early in the fight, Edwards poked Muhammed in the eye, and the bout was stopped. It wasn't your run-of-the-mill eye poke either. This one was nasty.
A lot of fans, including myself, thought that the fight should be rebooked. And while I'm thrilled about the Nate Diaz news, I do feel for Muhammed.
When you step back and look at the bigger picture, this fight makes tons of sense. For Edwards, he gets a big name and payday. For Diaz, he gets a fight where he doesn't have to cut weight and if he wins, I have no doubt that the UFC would try to give him a push for a title shot.