Lightweight contender Tony Ferguson, at the UFC 262 press conference on May 14, slammed Michael Chandler for getting a title shot after just one fight. Ferguson, sitting next to Chandler and boss Dana White, said, "You got this... handed to you. You got Dana White privilege." Ferguson further pointed race as a determining factor for title fights, citing his 12-fight win streak but never competing for a world title.
The co-main event featuring Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz has been rescheduled from UFC 262 (May 15) to UFC 263 on June 12 after the latter got injured during training. The first ever five-round co-main event has now been placed beneath the title fight between Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and contender Marvin Vettori. Diaz's last fight was in November 2019 while Edwards squared-off against Belal Muhammed in March 2021.
Confirming his long-awaited return, Welterweight contender Nate Diaz will finally be squaring off against Leon Edwards in first-ever five-round co-main event at UFC 262 on May 15. The Stockton brawler will share the card with highly anticipated vacant lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira. Diaz is back to the UFC after nearly 16 months as his last fight was against Jorge Masvidal in November 2019.