Nick Diaz’s return to the UFC has been made official.
The legendary fighter will tackle Robbie Lawler on September 25 as a five-round, non-title combat at UFC 266.
This combat comes 17 years after their first encounter, at UFC 47 in April 2004, when Diaz received by knockout within the second spherical on a card headlined by Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
Since then, Lawler turned 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 in Anderson Silva in January 2015.
Diaz is now 37, nonetheless, he has stored himself in nice form and every time the Diaz brothers combat, they appeal to followers.
Nate Diaz, Nick’s youthful brother, made historical past earlier this yr at UFC 263 when he competed within the first five-round, non-headlining, non-title bout ever held on a UFC pay-per-view together with his choice loss to Leon Edwards.
Now, Nick has the possibility to do the identical and can turn into considered one of solely 4 males to carry that distinction.
His opponent, Lawler, has misplaced 4 fights on the bounce and the 39-year-old final fell to Neil Magny in August 2020.
UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is predicted to face one-time title challenger Brian Ortega in the principle occasion of the identical card.
For a very long time, UFC president Dana White had mentioned he was ‘out of the Nick Diaz enterprise’ and was carried out attempting to make fights for him.
However he modified his tune this yr, saying in June: “I wasn’t very excessive on that,” White informed UFC Arabia about Diaz’s anticipated return. “I didn’t assume that it could occur nevertheless it seems to be like it’ll. It seems to be like Nick Diaz will combat this yr.”
And now September can not come quickly sufficient for Diaz’s legions of loyal followers.
Talking on the information, he wrote on Twitter: “I wish to thank my Group
@CesarGracieBJJ, @Elfrogito and Ross Goodman for getting s*** carried out. It’s combat time.”