BREAKING:- Massive Change Made to Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler 2- Set to Take Place at Middleweight

Published 09/21/2021, 10:47 PM EDT


Nick Diaz is back in action this week. The elder Diaz brother last fought in January 2015 in a bout against ‘The Spider’ Anderson Silva. He has been out of action since then. Although both fans and pundits alike were initially skeptical of a potential return for Nick Diaz, the doubts were quickly dispelled as a rematch with Robbie Lawler was made official in no time. 

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This is a rematch 17-years in the making as the two men first fought at UFC 47. Diaz stopped Lawler in the second round of the fight to extend his win streak to 4-0 in the UFC at the time. With the fight inching closer, there has been a significant change made to the bout. 

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The fight between Diaz and Lawler will now take place at 185-pounds instead of the 170-pound which was initially agreed upon. However, the fight will still be a five-round affair. This will only be the second time in the promotion’s history that a fight that isn’t a title fight or main event is a five-round affair. The first one being Nate Diaz vs Leon Edwards at UFC 263. 

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Nick Diaz, much like his younger brother, is a pressure fighter. He has an unending gas tank that allows him to push the fight at an insane pace for the duration of the fight. Going into the fight, Diaz will have a two-inch reach advantage that will definitely play a role in the fight. 

Diaz is predominantly a volume puncher and has landed on average 5.43 significant strikes per minute in his UFC career thus far. However, he absorbs 3.56 significant strikes per minute, which is a cause for concern against ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler. 

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Lawler, on the other hand, has landed 3.50 significant strikes per minute in his UFC career thus far, while absorbing 4.16 in return. A leaky defense is definitely an area Nick Diaz can exploit in the rematch as well. 

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What do you make of the changes made to Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler 2? Who do you think it gives an advantage to? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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