‘I Like That Energy’- Kamaru Usman Reacts to Nick Diaz Calling Him Out

Published 09/24/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 16: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman interacts with the media during the UFC 246 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on January 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Stockton native Nick Diaz recently expressed his interest in fighting the current welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. The latter took to social media to react to the claims made by the 38-year-old.

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Nick Diaz will clash with his former opponent, Robbie Lawler, in a rematch at UFC 266. this fight has already gained a lot of hype as the Stockton native gets ready to make his return to the octagon after his last battle which took place at UFC 183.

Recently, Diaz appeared for an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. He talked about his upcoming fight and a few other things. Later, the 38-year-old claimed he could beat the current UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman.

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Diaz said, “I think I’ll beat the sh*t out of Usman. I have a better shot of beating Usman than I do Lawler because I already beat Lawler. This doesn’t make sense for me to go in there and fight Robbie Lawler again… I should be fighting Kamaru Usman and that’s it,

The Stockton native believes he should fight ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ and not Lawler in his comeback fight. However, this didn’t come as a surprise to the combat fans, considering the Diaz brothers’ history in the sport.

The claims did not even surprise ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. In fact, Usman egged on Diaz and responded by saying, “I like that Energy” on his official Twitter.

While this intriguing bout might be for the future, combat fans have their eyes glued on the rematch that is taking place 17 years after their first meeting

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Nick Diaz will return to the octagon after a six-year-long hiatus. He fought his last UFC bout against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in January 2015. Now Diaz will face UFC veteran Robbie Lawler in a five-round non-title scrap on 25 September at UFC 266.

The highly anticipated rematch will serve as the third last fight of the night, coming before Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega and Valentina Shevchenko vs Lauren Murphy.

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MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: (R-L) Nick Diaz taunts Georges St-Pierre in their welterweight championship bout during the UFC 158 event at Bell Centre on March 16, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Lawler and Diaz have crossed paths inside the octagon in the past. The Stockton native knocked out ‘Ruthless’ Lawler in the second round of their first fight at UFC 47 in 2004. This match garnered a lot of attention from combat sports fans.

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Hence, the (26-9) fighter might have opted to face Robbie Lawler for his comeback fight. The result of this rematch, which comes 17 years later, will surely create a lot of buzz among MMA fans.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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