Nick Diaz returned to the UFC Octagon this weekend for the first time in six years when he faced Robbie Lawler.
The Stockton native initially took a long fighting hiatus after losing a bout to Anderson Silva in 2015, before it was later declared a no contest.
Nick Diaz returns to fighting at UFC 266 after a six-year hiatus
The 38-year-old has now chosen former nemesis Lawler to make his return in a five-round untitled fight at UFC 266.
According to the Ariel Helwani Substack article, Diaz also managed to withstand the shock from welterweight to middleweight.
The match would serve as a rematch for the pair’s opening encounter at UFC 47 in 2004, in which Diaz emerged victorious by knockout in the second round.
Diaz vs Lawler: Start date and time
This fight is under the cards at UFC 266 and will take place on Saturday, September 25.
It takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
For UK fans, Diaz v Lawler 2 will take place in the early hours of Sunday morning, as the main map is expected to debut at 3am.
The bout will serve as the main co-event before the featherweight title match between champions Alexander Volkanovsky and Brian Ortega.
Diaz vs Lawler: TV & Live Stream
The action will air on BT Sport 1 and their initial coverage will begin at 1 PM.
It will be streamed live for subscribers on BT Sport’s website and app.
EE Mobile customers will be able to get a free three-month trial of BT Sport by sending the Sport to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.
The first prelims will air on UFC Fight Pass, and in the US, all prelims will air simultaneously on ABC and ESPN+.
Fans have been remembering Diaz for legendary octagon moments, including Diaz vs Lawler: Fight Card with Anderson Silva since 2015.
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Main Event: Alexander Volkanowski (c) vs. Brian Ortega – for the Featherweight Championship Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Lauren Murphy – for the Women’s Flyweight ChampionshipNick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler, WelterweightCurtis Blades vs. Jerzinho Rosenstruik, Heavyweight Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo, Flyweight Women
Marlon Moraes vs. Merab Dwalishvili, Bantamweight Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Huckparst, Lightweight Shamil Abdurkhimov vs. Chris Doukas, Heavyweight Manon Fiorot vs. Myra Bueno Silva, Women’s Flyweight Karl Roberson vs. Nick Maximov, Middleweight Matthews vs. Semmelsberger vs. Roultaine Moud Sanofer Jr. Women’s Flyweight Omar Morales Vs Jonathan Pearce, Diaz Vs Lawler Featherweight: What Was Said?
Diaz: “When I first fought Robbie Lawler, I was actually a much more dangerous fighter than I was.
“I’m going to be really invincible once I make the right decisions.
“I’m not going to insult him there or, you know, I’m going to be a lot sportier, I guess, over there.
“But last time around the fight was not won. It surprised him a bit, but I would have won the fight nonetheless.”
Dana White told The Jim Rome Show: “It’s cool. Robbie Lawler arrived last night. Obviously he wasn’t happy, but Robbie is a player.
“Robby is a fighter. He’s going to do it. These guys are going to fight Saturday night at 185 pounds.
“It makes for a better fight to be honest with you.
“This fight happened 17 years ago. These guys are huge and weighing in at up to 170 pounds is asking a lot of you. These people are going to come again. None of them will have to be cut.
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