UFC 263 predictions: Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards

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  • Analyst for “MMA Live”
  • Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun

Saturday’s UFC 263 pay-per-view will feature one of the most dominant champions in the sport in Israel Adesanya, as well as a rematch of one of the best title fights in recent memory between flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno.

But it’s still Nate Diaz who could steal the show.

Diaz (20-12) will return to the Octagon for the first time since November 2019, as he’ll take on top welterweight contender Leon Edwards (18-3). Edwards is a significant betting favorite in the matchup, but Diaz is no stranger to an upset. And if he were to win, it would open up a world of possibilities for his next bout.

Can Diaz pull it off? Or will Edwards finally get the attention he deserves by adding a marquee name to his résumé? ESPN asked several experts for their breakdowns and predictions.

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