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Result: Leon Edwards beats bloodied Nate Diaz at UFC 263 in Arizona

Result: Leon Edwards beats bloodied Nate Diaz at UFC 263 in Arizona
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The American was appearing in the octagon for the first time in 18 months.

British welterweight Leon Edwards has survived a late surge to defeat veteran Nate Diaz in a bloody encounter at UFC 263 in Arizona.

The 29-year-old battled Conor McGregor's old rival looking to stay in the mix for a world title shot after his last bout in March was deemed a no-contest following an accidental eye poke on Belal Muhammad.

Birmingham-based Edwards had won his previous eight fights and dominated Diaz with forward pressure on Saturday.

Diaz came off the worse as the fighters hit the floor in the third round, with Edwards's punches opening up a pair of cuts on the American's face that began gushing blood.

Edwards suffered a serious scare in the bout's final minute as Diaz connected with a right and followed with a straight left to the jaw that knocked the Jamaica-born fighter back into the cage.

The Midlands man was swaying but Diaz could not get it done and Edwards finished on the right side of a 49-46 decision from the judges.

Prior to their bout, Diaz had not been in the octagon for 18 months and had only fought three times since he stunned McGregor in the first of two meetings in 2016.

The defeat could spell the end of the 36-year-old's career, but his English opponent was not bothered about that talk.

Edwards twice told reporters after their fight he was looking forward to his "world title shot" as he waits to hear if his victory is enough to ensure a rematch with reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who beat the Briton by unanimous decision in 2015.

Edwards has previously said he believes the outcome would be different if they were to face off again later this year.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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