Nick Diaz’s return to the UFC has been made official.
The legendary fighter will face Robbie Lawler on September 25 in an untitled 5-spherical bout at UFC 266.
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Nick Diaz is in nice form and prepared to return to UFC after six-12 months exodus
The struggle comes 17 years after they first met, at UFC 47 in April 2004, when Diaz received by second spherical knockout on a card titled by Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
Since then, Lawler has turn into a UFC welterweight champion, whereas Diaz held the Strikeforce welterweight title, confronted Georges St-Pierre for the UFC crown and final fought one other legend to Anderson Silva in January 2015.
Diaz is now 37, nevertheless, he has stored himself in nice form and each time the Diaz brothers struggle they entice followers.
Fans love the Diaz brothers
Nate Diaz, Nick’s youthful brother, made historical past earlier this 12 months at UFC 263 when he entered the primary 5-spherical, headliner and untitled struggle ever staged on a rustic. per-view UFC with his choice loss to Leon Edwards.
Now Nick has the possibility to do the identical and can turn into considered one of 4 males to maintain the dignity.
His opponent, Lawler, misplaced 4 rebound fights and the 39-12 months-previous final fell to Neil Magny in August 2020.
UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is ready to face former title challenger Brian Ortega in the primary occasion on the identical card.
Diaz has already fought the most important names in MMA from Georges St-Pierre to Anderson Silva and Lawler
For a very long time, UFC President Dana White had mentioned he was “out of Nick Diaz’s business” and had completed making an attempt to struggle for him.
But he modified his tone this 12 months, saying in June, “I wasn’t very high on that,” White advised UFC Arabia of Diaz’s deliberate return. “I did not assume it could occur, however it appears like it’ll. Looks like Nick Diaz goes to struggle this 12 months.
Lawler, in his heyday, was welterweight champion
And now September cannot come quickly sufficient for the legions of loyal Diaz followers.
Speaking on the information, he wrote on Twitter: “I would like to thank my staff
@CesarGracieBJJ, @Elfrogito and Ross Goodman for doing bullshit. It is the hour of the struggle.