“I’ll Beat the Sh*t Out of Kamaru Usman”- Nick Diaz Says Fighting Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 Makes No Sense

Published 09/23/2021, 6:27 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 29: Nick Diaz interacts with media during the UFC 183 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on January 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Nick Diaz is set to return to the UFC Octagon this weekend as he takes on Robbie Lawler in a rematch 17 years after their first showdown. Diaz will make his first Octagon appearance in over 6 years. He appeared for an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto recently. However, Diaz believes he should be fighting the UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, not Lawler.

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The Stockton native hasn’t fought in quite a while now. In fact, his last win in a professional fight was back in 2011. So, one can assume that the UFC wants him to have tune-up fights before throwing him to Usman. However, both the Diaz brothers roll in their own way and it’s not surprising for the fans to hear Diaz ask for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ upon his return.

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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,” said Diaz in his recent interview.

While it may come as a surprise for few, those who have followed Diaz’s career for a while would know that he is always willing to take on the very best fighters to prove that he is the best in the world. And also, he had already stopped Robbie Lawler at UFC 47.

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Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler 2: What to expect?

It’s hard for the fans to know what kind of shape Diaz is in and how he will perform when the Octagon door closes. Long breaks from competing have never turned out to be good for any fighter. But Diaz always stays in shape and continues to grow as a mixed martial artist.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 31: Nick Diaz stands in the Octagon after his middleweight bout during the UFC 183 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Come fight night he might just be able to take everybody by surprise and prove that he hasn’t lost the edge as a competitor. So, fans will wait with bated breath to see which version of Diaz actually shows up against Robbie Lawler this weekend at UFC 266.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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