The fight between Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler is the most exciting for many in the entire UFC 266 program, which takes place this coming weekend, despite the fact that there are two title fights on it, the one in the men's featherweight and the women's flyweight category.
Still, the first fight of the popular Nick after six and a half years and at the same time the rematch of the spectacular fight from the early UFC days certainly brings something special. As the first fight, the one from April 2004, took place in the welterweight category, so this time the fight was agreed up to 77 kilograms.
After all, this is the category in which Lawler has been performing for years and whose champion he was. Diaz preferred the same during his UFC days, only making his last appearance, the one in January 2015 against Anderson Silva, in the middleweight division.
But now it has come to pass that he will stay in it, and Lawler will return to it for the first time since 2012. Namely, as Dana White revealed, Diaz requested a change of category. Although Lawler did not like the original idea of 84 kilograms, since we can assume that he had a complete plan for losing weight, he apparently agreed to the change, since it was officially announced.
The reason for this request of Diaz is not known, but it can be assumed that his team recognized that meeting the limit of 77 kilograms could bring a negative effect. The fight still remains contracted for five rounds, which is only the second time in UFC history that a fight that is not for the title or the main fight of the show will take place in the five rounds.
The first case also belongs to Diaz, but to his younger brother Nate and his fight against Leon Edwards held this spring. By the way, Diaz celebrated in the aforementioned 2004 fight, by knockout after a minute and a half of fighting in the second round.
Diaz preferred the same during his UFC days, only making his last appearance, the one in January 2015 against Anderson Silva, in the middleweight division. We’ll be watching Diaz in the ring again after a long time and it will really remind us of the old days of the UFC when he was one of the most important fighters.
Lawler obviously wants this fight, given that he has accepted the terms and seems to be motivated and ready like never before. They are both phenomenal fighters and it is certain that we will enjoy their fight which will be full of adrenaline.