Nick Diaz’s return to the UFC is lastly a accomplished deal.
After reports surfaced Diaz’s (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) octagon return was focused in opposition to former UFC champ Robbie Lawler (28-15 MMA, 13-9 UFC), the promotion has now finalized his deal for UFC 266 in September.
UFC president Dana White moreover revealed to Yahoo! Sports that the struggle can be a five-round co-main occasion, making it the second non-title, non-main occasion struggle in UFC historical past to be scheduled for 25 minutes after Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards first broke the barrier at UFC 263 in June.
UFC 266 takes place Sept. 25 at T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas. The primary card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
MMA Junkie verified the Diaz vs. Lawler reserving with a number of individuals near the state of affairs. The individuals requested anonymity as a result of UFC has but to make an official announcement. Lawler has but to signal his contract, however is predicted to imminently.
The struggle between Diaz and Lawler can be a rematch 17 years within the making. The pair final shared the octagon again in 2004 at UFC 47. Diaz received the bout with a memorable knockout, placing away Lawler within the second spherical.
Diaz hasn’t fought since January 2015 when he took on Anderson Silva at UFC 183. The bout was dominated a no-contest after Silva examined optimistic for drostanolone and androsterone and Diaz examined for marijuana. Previous to that, Diaz had misplaced to then-champion Georges St-Pierre in a unanimous choice. From 2008 to 2011, Diaz went on an 11-fight win streak the place he captured and defended the Strikeforce welterweight title.
Lawler, in the meantime, extra lately compete in August when he suffered a call loss to Neil Magny. He’s at the moment on a four-fight shedding skid together with his final victory coming in 2017. Lawler received the UFC welterweight title in 2014. He defended it twice earlier than shedding it to Tyron Woodley in 2016.