At UFC 263 earlier this month, Edwards defeated Diaz by unanimous decision. After winning the first four rounds, Diaz dropped Edwards in the fifth round with a Stockton slap followed by a straight left, and that is the moment that most fans seem to remember about the fight. Instead of Edwards going 10 straightfights without losing and earning a title shot against UFC welterweightchampionKamaru Usman, many fans were disappointed that Edwards wasn’t able to finish Diaz, and some believe that Edwards’ stock actually dropped.
Burns recently stated that Edwards isn’t “hungry enough” to finish Diaz, which is why he doesn’t deserve a title shot against Usman. Diaz responded on social media to what Burns said about Edwards, implying that he would have been knocked out the same way Dan Hooker and Usman did to him. Burns has established himself as one of the best welterweights in the world, but Diaz will not let him forget that he was knocked out by Usman and Hooker. Diaz plans to return to the Octagon in three or four months, and a fight against Burns would be intriguing regardless of what happens in the Burns vs. Stephen Thompson fight at UFC 264.