“I Was Impressed”- Kamaru Usman Responds After Nick Diaz Says He Will Beat Him Up

Published 09/30/2021, 8:40 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler 2 was one of the most talked fights in 2021. They met each other at UFC 266 for a rematch of their first bout, which took place back in 2004 at UFC 47. Even though Nick Diaz lost the fight via TKO in the third round, many fighters came out and praised Nick’s performance, considering he was stepping inside the octagon after over six years. Kamaru Usman was one of them.

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‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ posted a video on social media where he reacted to Nick’s loss against Lawler at UFC 266.

Kamaru, in the video, said, “Six years and some change, Nick was still throwing them things. I was impressed. I was impressed. Of course, the pace that Lawler put on him, there is no way Nick was gonna be able to stay with that pace after being gone for so long.”

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“Honestly, I thought Robbie would’ve gotten him out of there a little bit earlier, but show the toughness of Nick, man. He’s a tough guy, very OG of the game.”

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ reacts to Diaz’s pre-fight comments

During the buildup to the Lawler fight, Diaz, in an interview, said that he could beat the current UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman.

Nick 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.”

Kamaru quickly reacted to the video and responded by saying, “I like that energy!!!” on his Twitter.

Following Nick’s loss, it’s unlikely that he will face Kamaru Usman anytime soon. Moreover, fans aren’t aware of whether the elder Diaz will return to the octagon.

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What’s next for Kamaru Usman?

Even though Nick Diaz vs. Kamaru Usman is a fight everybody would love to watch, it’s doubtful that UFC would book this contest. Kamaru, in the meantime, will defend his welterweight title against Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington in Madison Square Garden at UFC 268.

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This will be the second time these two will meet for the title. Kamaru vs. Colby 1 took place at UFC 245, where Kamaru won via TKO in the 5th round to retain his championship.

What do you make of Kamaru’s comments on Nick? Do you see Nick and Kamaru fighting in the future? Let us know your thoughts!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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