Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler fought for the first time at UFC 47 back in 2004.
Dana White has confirmed that Diaz vs. Lawler 2 is now set to take place on the main card of UFC 266.
Two exciting title fights are also set to take place at UFC 266 on September 25.
The return of Nick Diaz is now official. Sources have confirmed that Diaz vs. Lawler 2 is now set to take place on the main card of UFC 266. This will be a five-round, non-title fight between two of the most legendary fighters competing in the UFC today.
Fans around the world are curious to see how Nick Diaz looks in his return. He is facing an extremely tough test in Robbie Lawler. Today, we’ll talk about this matchup and discuss what it means for the welterweight division.
Let’s get into it!
The UFC’s Welterweight Division Continues to Improve Every Year
Since the early days of the UFC, the welterweight division has been one of the best in all of MMA. Fighters like Matt Hughes and Pat Militech were the early pioneers of this weight class. George St. Pierre then ruled over the weight class for many years.
Today, Kamaru Usman is the king at 170 pounds. He won the title back in 2019 against Tyron Woodley. Since then, “The Nigerian Nightmare” has gone on to defend his title four different times against elite competition.
The UFC has confirmed that Colby Covington is the next challenger to fight for Kamaru Usman’s title. These two men took part in one of the best fights of 2019 in Usman’s first title defense. Many are expecting an even better fight when they square off later this year.
All of the top-10 fighters at welterweight are elite. Incredibly, this division continues to get better. Fighters like Leon Edwards, Gilbert Burns, and Michael Chiesa seem focused on earning a shot at the title. Usman has proven himself to be a dominant champion, however, and taking his belt will be no easy task.
It’s unclear when exactly the next title fight at 170 pounds will take place. Fortunately, fans will be treated to several exciting contender fights in the division over the next few months. It wouldn’t be a shock to see the welterweight belt in someone else’s hands by this time next year.
Nick Diaz was widely considered one of the best welterweights alive during his time in the UFC. New reports claim we will soon see him back in the Octagon!
Sources Confirm Diaz vs. Lawler 2 Will Take Place at UFC 266
Nick Diaz made his debut with the UFC way back in September of 2003. At that time, the sport of MMA was still largely thought to be underground with only a small fan base. Diaz went on to have a successful run with the promotion during those early years before departing the UFC and competing in other leagues such as EliteXC, Dream, and Strikeforce.
Diaz returned to the UFC in October of 2011. He took part in several legendary fights and even earned a crack at George St. Pierre’s welterweight title. After a loss to Anderson Silva in 2015, Diaz seemingly announced his retirement from the sport.
Over the years, Nick has continued to hint at a possible comeback. He seems to remain in fantastic shape and continues to help his teammates train. In recent months, UFC President Dana White has been claiming that he has been working to book Nick into a fight this year.
Sources have now confirmed that Nick will be taking on Robbie Lawler in his UFC return. These two men first competed back in 2004, when Diaz scored a second-round TKO over Robbie. Diaz vs. Lawler 2 is now set to take place on the main card of UFC 266 on September 25 in a five-round non-title fight.
I want to thank my Team @CesarGracieBJJ @Elfrogito and #rossgoodman for getting shit done. It’s fight time. #UFC266 #KillorBeKilled #war
— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) July 14, 2021
There is already a tremendous amount of hype surrounding Nick’s return to the cage. He is still just 37 years old and reports claim he has been looking sharp in the training room. Fans around the world are curious to see how far the Stockton-based fighter can go in the UFC once again.
A win for Nick would likely set him up for some huge fights in the welterweight division. Let’s look at some of the possible fights for him in the future.
Is Nick Diaz vs. Kamaru Usman Possible to Take Place in 2021?
The UFC booked Nick Diaz into the perfect fight against Robbie Lawler for his return to the cage. These two men took part in one of the most memorable fights of the UFC’s early days. Both have gone on to have incredible careers and their rematch should prove to be even more exciting.
Many fans are now heading to BetOnline to make their early bets on this fight. Diaz (+115) hasn’t fought for six years and questions linger over his ability to compete at a high level. Robbie Lawler (-135) hasn’t won a bout since 2017 and needs a victory here to remain on the UFC’s roster.
If Nick wins, it’s reasonable to assume the UFC will throw him to the top of the welterweight division. He is a massive superstar, and may even find himself in a title fight with an impressive enough victory. Fans are already debating how he may fare against the champion, Kamaru Usman.
Kamaru will defend his title sometime over the next few months against Colby Covington. The first bout with Colby in 2019 was a war, and the second will likely be the same. If Usman comes out victorious, it could set up a fight against Nick Diaz before the end of 2021.
Nick Diaz vs. Kamaru Usman would be a massive fight for the welterweight division. Nick winning that bout would likely turn him into one of the biggest superstars in all of combat sports. We’ll be sure to offer updates on the situation at 170 pounds over the next few months!
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