Leon Edwards is fighting this weekend at UFC 263 – but you wouldn’t know it judging by the pre-event press conference. The No 3-ranked welterweight contender saw himself responding to merely two questions in the madness that became the Israel Adesanya-Marvin Vettori show on Thursday. Squaring off with the fan favourite in Nate Diaz, it just gives Edwards all the more spotlight to steal as he heads into the event bafflingly overlooked. “Skill-set wise, I am leaps above him and I will show that come Saturday night,” Edwards said. “It’s kill or be killed and I’m here to kill. I can’t wait.” Looking at the track records of each man, there’s no reason to believe that Edwards (18-3) shouldn’t – or at the very least, can’t – have his way with Stockton’s finest. Diaz is 20-12 in his career dating back to 2004. Majorly a lightweight during his time competing, his days at welterweight – especially against the best in the division – have treated him less than kindly. UFC 244 in November 2019 was the last time Diaz stepped foot into the Octagon. Mercifully, Diaz found himself finished by the streaking Jorge Masvidal via doctor stoppage at the end of round three. His prior 170-pound stint against the likes of Rory MacDonald and Kim Dong-hyun didn’t go much better. Edwards, of Birmingham, England, has lost only once in his last 12 bouts, with that defeat coming against now-champion Kamaru Usman. “Rocky” has proven to be perfectly well-rounded during his nine-fight win streak since facing Usman. Accompanied by an endless gas tank, there’s nowhere he can’t compete in the many areas of MMA. Already believing a title shot should be his, Edwards has a chip on his shoulder and the confidence to deliver in a favourable match-up. Inactivity plagued Edwards up until his return against Belal Muhammad in March. In this case, it’s just a matter of being overshadowed by two big title fight rematches and a big name personality. With all these elements in effect, it could act as a pressure relief for the Brit who has significantly more to lose than his opponent.