UFC 262 lost its co-main event in the form of Nate Diaz vs Leon Edwards. The fight was scheduled to take place this weekend and now the fight card is scheduled to take place at UFC 263 next month in Arizona.
UFC 262 takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be headlined by the UFC lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira.
The co-main event, which was equally anticipating was postponed after Nate Diaz suffered a minor injury.
Michael Chandler says having Nate Diaz on the card would have been great
The main event headliner Michael Chandler added that he would have liked to see Nate Diaz fighting on the same card as him because the Stockton native bought a lot of eyeballs to the fight game.
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“Yeah, I mean anytime you can share an event with Nate Diaz — he and I are not friends, I don’t think we’d ever be friends, I don’t think that we are very like-minded individuals — but there’s no doubt he brings eyeballs, he brings hype. And that’s the catch-22 of Nate Diaz. He could have overshadowed the new guy. I’m the new guy, just got here. I’m okay that he fell off the card — well I’m not ok really, it was an injury, I never want to wish an injury on anybody — but you get what I’m saying, it was just postponed four weeks. So he’s still going to get his shot and he’s going to get a shot at a top-three guy and he could end up getting a title shot if he wins this fight,” Michael Chandler said.
“So either way, it would have been great either way. All I know is, this whole thing has been orchestrated by a very, very, very sovereign higher power than me and the UFC since I signed with the UFC because everything has worked out perfectly for me thus far. I just feel extremely blessed to be part of this whole event, to be part of this whole thing. Whether Nate Diaz is on the card or not, it’s still a phenomenal card from top to bottom. The co-main event is now Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush, a very tough lightweight bout, so we will see how it all unfolds. All I know is I’m going to show up swinging on May 15.” Michael Chandler added. (H/T – BJpenn.com)
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