Dana White Says Edwards vs Diaz Winner Gets Title Shot After Colby Covington

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Unranked Nate Diaz, a career lightweight who has never fought for a championship belt and who is 4-5 in his last nine UFC bouts, will get a 170-pound title shot if he beats Leon Edwards at UFC 263.

That’s according to UFC President Dana White who recently told Submission Radio that the winner of the Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz bout this weekend will get the next welterweight title shot after Colby Covington.

Said White:

“Colby is the number one contender. We did the (Jorge) Masvidal fight, (Kamaru) Usman wanted that fight back. Colby Covington, the fight with Colby and Usman is one of the best fight’s I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s the number one contender. It’s the fight to make. Whoever wins is next after Colby.”

Colby Is Next For Usman

Current welterweight champion Usman defeated Colby Covington via 5th round TKO in his first title defense at UFC 245. The champion has gone on to defend his belt three more times since that victory. Meanwhile, Covington has fought just once since that loss, defeating former champion Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11 last September.

Covington is the current no. 1 contender at welterweight and as such, will get the next crack at Usman. Chaos was supposed to fight Usman the last time out, but the champion insisted on a rematch with Jorge Masvidal which White and the UFC agreed to give to the Nigerian Nightmare.

With Usman already defeating Masvidal and Gilbert Burns, the next name in the welterweight ladder is Leon Edwards, whom he was supposed to fight last year but who could not make the trip to the United States due to COVID-19 restrictions. Edwards ended getting booked against Khamzat Chimaev. Chimaev caught the virus. Now he’s booked to fight the eccentric Diaz.

No question that a win over Diaz will give Edwards the title shot that he’s already earned. However, Dana White is stirring the pot with the announcement that Diaz will get a title shot too if he wins, making this weekend’s bout a high-stakes one.

A Must-See TV

Nate Diaz is one of the few true superstars in the UFC. Despite what his record says, the world is watching every time he’s on TV because he always comes to fight and gives the fans their money’s worth.

Diaz’s 15 post-fight bonuses are tied for 2nd most in the history of the promotion while his 8 Fight of the Night awards are tied for the most ever in UFC history. His 8 submission wins are also a record in the UFC’s lightweight division. But for all his accolades, Diaz has never been regarded as a serious title contender and has fought sporadically in recent years.

Edwards is undefeated in his last nine bouts with 8 wins and one draw. He is currently listed as a heavy -600 betting favorite at BetOnline. However, Nate is no stranger to ending winning streaks or being a big underdog.

In 2016, Diaz ended Conor McGregor’s meteoric run to the top of the UFC by snapping the Irishman’s seven-fight UFC winning run. Diaz is now 36-years old and he hasn’t won inside the Octagon since August 2019.

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