The Only 2 Times Nick Diaz Has Ever Been Knocked Out in His MMA Career

Published 08/31/2021, 9:46 AM EDT
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 Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Nick Diaz is one of the most popular MMA fighters and is an absolute legend of the sport. Diaz first competed in a professional MMA fight back in 2001. The fighter faced Mike Wick at the IFC Warriors challenge 15 events and won via a 1st round submission.

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From then on, the fighter did not look back and currently has an MMA record of (26-9). In his last fight, Diaz faced Anderson Silva and lost at the UFC 183 event. However, the decision was overturned to a No-Contest as Silva tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone. Diaz was also tested positive for marijuana.

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That fight was back in 2015 and, after the fight, Diaz was surprisingly suspended for 5 years for his use of marijuana. Therefore, people considered that the fighter will retire from fighting following the ban. However, after almost 6 years, Diaz is set to make his UFC comeback as the fighter is set to face Robbie Lawler on September 25, 2021, at UFC 266.

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Therefore, because Diaz is set to make his comeback after so long. We decided to take a look at the various aspects of his career, including the only two KO/TKO losses he has suffered in his MMA career.

Nick Diaz’s first KO/TKO loss in MMA

Diaz had a successful start to his MMA career as the fighter won the first 4 fights of his career. The fighter looked great in his early fights and won 3 of his first 4 fights via stoppage. However, the fighter’s win streak could not continue as he lost his next fight and that too via TKO.

Nick Diaz faced Jeremy Jackson at the UA 4: King of the Mountain event and lost the fight via a 1st round TKO. There was not much difference between Jackson and Diaz at that point in time, as both fighters were at similar stages in their career. Coming into that fight, Jackson was riding high on a 3 fight win streak and was the slight favorite.

The fighter lived up to the expectations as he defeated Diaz in just 49 seconds of the 1st round.

Nick Diaz loses to KJ Noons

Diaz did not suffer his next knockout loss till 5 years later. The fighter faced KJ Noons at the EliteXC: Renegade event and lost the fight via TKO (doctors stoppage).

This fight was for the EliteXC Lightweight championship and many expected Nick Diaz to win the title. Both the fighters started the fight in great form and were evenly matched in the feet. However, ultimately, Noons dropped Diaz with a well-timed punch. Diaz also attempted various takedowns through the fight and could not succeed.

Noons defended one such takedown attempt with a right knee that caught Diaz and opened up a gash on Diaz’s face. This led to TKO (doctors stoppage) loss for Diaz. Diaz was noticeably upset after the fight and left the arena immediately after his loss.

Since then, Diaz has competed in 14 more fights but has never lost via KO/TKO.

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How do you think Diaz will perform in his comeback fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 266? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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