LEON EDWARDS will punch his ticket to a welterweight title shot by ‘butchering’ Nate Diaz.
That’s according to the Birmingham bruiser’s younger brother Fabian.
Leon Edwards will lock horns with fan favourite Nate Diaz early on Sunday morningCredit: Getty
And Edwards’ little brother Fabian reckons he’ll ‘butcher’ the fan favouriteCredit: The Sun
The in-form Edwards, 29, will lock horns with the fan favourite in the early hours of Sunday morning at UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona.
Ultimate Fighter season five winner Diaz enters the 170lb showdown on the back of a brutal beating at the hands of Jorge Masvidal 19 months ago.
And Fabian reckons the UFC vet will be easy pickings for his brother, saying: “I just see being five rounds of him [Nate] getting butchered.
“Do you know what I mean? Five rounds of Nate getting himself butchered.”
An impressive victory over Diaz will put ‘Rocky’ on the cusp of a rematch with welterweight king Kamaru Usman.
Edwards has left no stone unturned ahead of the marquee bout, his 13th in MMA’s premier promotion.
Fabian has been alongside his sibling for every moment of his latest training camp and expects him to turn in a career-best performance in the Arizona desert.
He said: “The shape that he’s in is phenomenal. You saw the shape that he came in for his last fight.
“It was unfortunate that he wasn’t able to really show his work that he’s been doing over these past few years.
“So his shape, that’s not a question. He’s in the best shape of his life.
And just their styles, my brother is the sharper, cleaner striker. He’s cleaner in all areas.
“That’s why I strongly believe this is going to be this is going to be a clean-cut victory.”
Leon Edwards in tremendous shape ahead of his clash with Nate DiazCredit: Getty
UFC 263 Fight Card
Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori
Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno
Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz
Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad
Paul Craig vs Jamahal Hill
Drew Dober vs Brad Riddell
Eryk Anders vs Darren Stewart
Lauren Murphy vs Joanne Calderwood
Pannie Kianzad vs Alexis Davis
Frank Camacho vs Matt Frevola
Chase Hooper vs Steven Peterson
Jake Collier vs Carlos Felipe
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